Jack Anderson & Jeannie Mah
Opening Reception, Curator and Artists' talks, Friday, December 3, 7:30 pm
This exhibition explores "Godardian dialectics" in new works by Regina visual artists Jack Anderson and Jeannie Mah. As auteur artists, their work draws on the very foundations of the creative process shaped by the French New Wave film movement, and especially the films of Jean-Luc Godard. Through collages of cultural data, playful references to language, signs and semiotics of urban spaces, and drawing on a Godardian aesthetic of quotation and recycling, Anderson and Mah embrace the one major dialectic that runs throughout Godard's work: imagination and passion versus logic. Their examination of Regina through a Godardian lens will expose the not quite visible underlying ideologies and codes - utopic and dystopic - operating in the "Regina-ville" we now inhabit.
Anderson's installation, a highly mirrored globe surrounded by four large-scale photographs, is philosophically situated within the cultural futurist fiction of Godard's Alphaville (1965). Mah's installation incorporates two signs from two familiar Saskatchewan institutions and is inspired by the phrase (also from Alphaville), "The urgency to describe it with language." Together, these two works co-exist to form an inter-installation that is a reference to all that is cinema, and a mirror of the cinematic process.
Jack Anderson, Cinema < = > Life < = > Cinema / JLG (Installation View), 2011.