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Valerie Kolakis
From January 17th 2003 to February 22nd 2003
Between T(here)

This installation is an exploration of that which cannot be fixed in time nor space, and suggestive of that which “there” exists as “here” through a kind of turning onto itself. Between the two (there/here) exists a void. To go from one to the other is to pass over emptiness. What unfolds has less to do with space, but rather with time, from a pleating of time itself.

This work is comprised of 50 000 pieces of individually etched glass. Physically and psychologically, this process is subtractive, repetitive and obsessive. The decontextualization of this material suggests an emptiness, a non-object, evoking a sense of disquieting strangeness.

Between each piece of glass and the floor is an emptiness, a shadow as dissolved light that regulates the sensation of the immaterial, non-space. A faint light traces all elements of the glass, binding the work together as a shimmering mass. The shadow created by the glass pieces exists in trangressive, continual dissolve, relating to the sequentiality of the fleeting and repetative qualities of time and space.

Vakérie Kolakis was born in Athens Greece. She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University in 1990. Her most recent exhibitions include "FIGURES of Absence" at Gallery Circa in 2001, and "Tension Mixte", at the Alternator Gallery in 2002. Upcoming events include an exhibition at Galerie la Centrale in 2003/2004, and a residency at La Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris made possible by the Canada Council for the Arts. Valérie lives and works in Montreal.