Killing Time

Mark Verabioff

1985, 04:55 minutes, colour, English


"Mark Verabioff's "Killing Time" alludes to sexual opportunity in a brief visual account of a male's journey that focuses on the act of making a choice and accepting the outcome, symbolized here by the game of coin tossing. This poetic tape glimpses at the truths of daily existance without resorting to steaming, figurative and emotive language, having replaced it instead with frames of solid reverberating color, scenes of suggestive activity punctuated by the occasional image of the words "a-c-t-i-o-n" and a gyrating audio track of industrial sounds. These alternate elements produce a similar symbolic effect and as a totality, this work makes its inscription as a simple, elegant mark."

- Daina Augaitis, exhibition brochure essay, "Poetic Signals" Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, 1986

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Critical Writing

Signaux Poetiques/Poetic Signals
by Daina Augaitis and Manon Blanchette. Signaux Poetiques/Poetic Signals, July 21 Summer, 1986.
Introduction: Transmissions
by Elke Town. Transmissions, 1982. Cambridge: Cambridge Library/Art Center, 1982.