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Lee Dickson
From January 14th 1989 to February 5th 1989
Means of Measurement

"It is in our reading of the conflict between the various elements of the tableau that the work begins to take on a meaning. On the other hand we are witness to a sort of mystic juxtaposition of elemental objects, an effect, which in combination with the lighting, the materials, and the elaborate fabrication of the objects, creates a sense of transcendent unity which exceeds the objects and their physical representation. While on the other hand, we are also encouraged to recognize that our reading of them as elemental objects is based on our use and understanding of a common system of representation."
-Bruce Grenville

"Mattered World" and "Measuring Device" reflect a type of organization and perception we have, a system of ordering. These two works are part of a previous exhibition show at YYZ, Toronto in 1987 entitled "Means of Measurement".

In the present context, these two pieces, produced in 1985-86, are a counterbalance to the third piece, "The Heart is Situated in the Center of the Chest Because Conditions Are More Temperate There". Produced after completing "Means of Measurement", this piece is associated with our emotional irrational nature and through its manner of presentation displays its common object, the heart, as specimens. The title is a quote from Anatomia vivorium—Anatomia Ricardi Anglici a 13th century anatomical text.
- Press release (Optica)

Bibliographie
Skene, Cameron, "The Measure of All Things. To conceptualism comes to the Main...", Montreal Mirror, Jan. 27-Fév. 9 1989.