Punster, painter, musician, and filmmaker, Michael Snow is one of Canada’s most internationally celebrated figures in contemporary art. Read and download the online art book here: http://www.aci-iac.ca/michael-snow
Michael Snow’s trademark Walking Woman considers that a form can be both a positive (a presence to be looked at) and a negative (an absence to be looked through), which can be explored through an infinite number of creative possibilities. “Four Grey Panels and Four Figures,” 1963, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, photographed by Brian Merrett.
Michael Snow has frequently used a Polaroid camera to produce an instant translation from split-second external reality to fixed image-object. Michael Snow, “Still x 4 Acts–Scene various collections and collection of the artist.
This is an eccentric participatory piece where the act of being served dinner is turned into a kind of action painting, by means of a canvas "table," projection and invisible waiter who overfills the glasses and flings the food onto and over the edges of the plates. Michael Snow, "Serve, Deserve," 2009, collection of the artist.
This is an eccentric participatory piece where the act of being served dinner is turned into a kind of action painting by means of a canvas “table,” a projection, and an invisible waiter. Michael Snow, “Serve, Deserve,” 2009, collection of the artist.
“Recombinant” uses as a fixed reference, a framed bas-relief, its etched lines reminiscent of the Walking Woman’s torso. Onto this marked rectangular surface are projected 80 slides. Michael Snow, “Recombinant,” Art Gallery of Ontario.
“Recombinant” is another of Michael Snow’s repetitive and re-presention pieces. Reuse of a theme or a motif transforms it both in its physical properties and in the mind of the spectator. “Recombinant,” Art Gallery of Ontario.