Organized by The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
Dunlop Coordinator, Wendy Peart, Curator of Education and Community Outreach
Jenn E. Norton re-examines the fin de siècle (end of the century) with Slipstream, an installation that combines an interest in Art Nouveau architecture and the innovative techniques of early 20th Century dancer Loie Fuller, resurrected by dancer Katie Ewald. Slipstream collapses time and space using old and new technologies, allowing viewers to become conscious of how their bodies exist in relation to the work. Inspired by a 2014 residency in Paris, Norton’s interest lies in making the invisible visible as one imagines the space between the monitors as the dancer moves between them. As she notes: “For me, Fuller’s movement through the monitors reflects her far-reaching influence, as though her gestures are in the air, yet she is a fleeting form, an apparition.”
Jenn E Norton was born in Oshawa and now resides in Guelph, Ontario. She is an interdisciplinary artist working closely with the technologies she employs within her studio practice, marrying formal and intuitive processes. She is currently pursuing a PhD at York University.
Katie Ewald, a dancer based in Guelph, Ontario, received her BFA from Concordia University and studied at P.A.R.T.S., Brussels.
Loie Fuller (1862-1928), who performed at the Folie-Bergés in Paris, is credited as the founder of modern dance.
Jenn E. Norton, Slipstream (still from video), 2018. Photo courtesy of the artist.