Lauri Astala's Transit and On Disappearance installed in Oboro, Montréal
Two installations by Lauri Astala, Transit and On Disappearance, are exhibited in Oboro art centre, Montréal. Astala’s exhibition Désorientations (Disorientations) is open from September 10 – October 15. Both installations are on view for the first time in Canada.
In Transit, documentary shots of New York are altered by camera movements, angles and framing. This builds up a new fictitious urban space, whose visual familiarity stems from the history of film. The theme of Transit revolves around the collective visual ideas and notions of the urban environment.
On Disappearance (2012) is an interactive and immersive video installation that places the spectator on a stage, as a central character in the movie. On the screen the spectator is drawn into another time and space, where he/she encounters another person – as if they were sharing the same space and reality.
Lauri Astala (b. 1958) graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 1989 and Chicago Art Institute in 2001. Astala is one of of the most distinguished media artists in Finland. He makes sculptures, videos and installations, that concentrate on our concepts and experiences of space and the ways in which cultural structures shapes them. His works have been presented at numerous solo and group exhibitions since 1989, including Eyebeam in New York (2013), Helsinki Art Museum (2010) KUMU art museum in Tallinn (2008) and Institut finlandais in Paris (2008). In 2007, Astala was awarded with the Finnish State Prize for Visual Arts.
Lauri Astala: Désorientations, September 10 – October 15, Oboro, Montréal, Canada
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