19 March 2010 - 1 May 2010
Opening Reception 19 March 2010 12am
Brenda Goldstein’s 35mm film installation Hereafter is a spare portrait – a woman in blue operating gown and white mask in a starkly lit environment carries out detailed preparations over an unseen body. On first consideration, this assemblage of elements – the fluorescent lighting, the sterile furniture and the medical garb – all conjure the visual atmosphere of operating room-based television dramas. Yet, unlike those forms of representation, Goldstein’s image trains our eye not on the spectacular image of death, often violently portrayed on television, but rather on the social meaning of caring for the dead. Goldstein highlights the lack of a contemporary vocabulary and rituals around death.
This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Images Festival.
Brenda Goldstein, born 1973, lives and works in Toronto. A prolific artist working in diverse media she has received numerous Canadian grants and commissions. Her short films, videos, installations, and performances have been shown at galleries and festivals nationally and internationally.