Cinema houses that cast the moving image on large screens to mass audiences continue to withstand the pressure of individual viewing devices. The desire to share cultural entertainment within an anonymous community of spectators remains a steadfast format of diversion that often spills into the realm of popular culture. When visual artists determine to appropriate film imagery, they extend the life of the moving image into a realm of stationary permanence that re-interprets, re-imagines the existing themes; often providing significant rationale as to why a movie might obtain a timeless quality.
This exhibition coincides with the Toronto International film Festival (TIFF) and features five Toronto-based artists who have been freezing/suspending or “capturing the moment” of classic film through their work for a major portion of their careers. Through a variety of media, the artists reference iconic scenes celebrating specific performers, themes and paraphernalia that have, over the decades, become part of our shared collective consciousness, reinforcing our debt to the moving image.