Judy Radul: Closeup, The Breakdown
Contemporary Feature Gallery

Season Launch: Thursday 24 September, 5-7 pm

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Sunny Kerr

The Internationally-acclaimed Vancouver artist’s new work for this show is a gallery-wide choreographed live-camera installation. Using programmed cameras and thrift shop mirrors, Judy Radul builds a machine for seeing the gallery differently. Her camera movements draw errant contours and invite spontaneous routes across a recognized vista, posing urgent questions about the aesthetic valence of camera space and the space of the self. The adjacent shows make powerful subjects for Radul’s visual alchemy. The project integrates Radul’s The Brain Display, acquired by the Agnes in 2013. A sustained meditation on the conventional image of the brain and the nature of consciousness, it centres upon a stand bearing a relevant copy of Life magazine. To watch the YouTube video component of The Brain Display click here.


Judy Radul will be a 2015 Queen’s University Visiting Artist in Residence, developed in partnership by the Agnes and the Department of Film and Media. From 18 September through 7 October 2015, we have planned a series of public and course-based events designed to create exciting and accessible exchanges with Judy Radul’s playful methods. Among these, are two highlight events. On 22 September at 7 pm at the Isabel Screening Room, Judy Radul will take part in a dialogue titled, “This is Television: Process and Technology,” with art critic and founder of MOMUS Sky Goodden. On 30 September at 7pm, a public talk titled “Breaking down, turning up” will take place at the Agnes and will feature Judy Radul and Queen’s Film & Media faculty member and media artist, Gary Kibbins.

Judy Radul is an internationally acclaimed mid-career artist who was born in Lillooet, British Columbia. Her interdisciplinary practice has recently focused on video installation but also includes sculpture, photography, performance, and mixed media installations. Her latest works involve an original computer-controlled system for live and pre-recorded video. Her practice explores received practices of looking, perceiving, performance and documentation. Her work Look. Look Away. Look Back was shown in the Berlin Biennale 8 (2014). Her large-scale media installation World Rehearsal Court (2009) has been shown at the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, U.B.C., Vancouver; the Generali Foundation, Vienna; Media City, Seoul, South Korea and Henie Onstad Art Center in Oslo, Norway. Related to this project, with Marit Paasche she co-edited a book of collected essays and images, A Thousand Eyes: Media Technology, Law and Aesthetics (Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2011). She has a BA in fine and performing arts from Simon Fraser University and an MFA in visual and media arts from Bard College, New York. She is represented by Catriona Jeffries Gallery and is Professor of Visual Art at Simon Fraser University. In 2012-13 Radul was a guest of the DAAD Artist-in-Berlin Program. In 2015, she was artist-in-residence at The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York.

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