Gauge (Installation)

PA System, Erik Boomer, Eric McNair-Landry, Danny Osborne and Sarah McNair-Landry

2015, 10:00 minutes, colour, no dialogue

TAPECODE 1098.00

Created on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic, Gauge employs and investigates the natural forces of time, extreme temperatures and the ever-moving environment to dictate the process of painting on a grand scale.

Monumental ice walls appear to emerge out of the frozen ocean, due to the rise and fall of the tide beneath the ice, which moves upwards of ten meters on a twelve-hour cycle. Three artists use natural eco-friendly coloring, to mark the temporary ice walls. Using fire extinguishers and paint sprayers, the artists must work parallel to the tide, as the frozen floor on which they stand collapses and shifts.

The short-lived works are subject to friction, ocean and temperature, which quickly erase the paintings, washing the images from memory, back into the Arctic Ocean.

Meanwhile a team captures the only remaining evidence through time-lapse photography.
Three channel installation.

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