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Contemplative Video Art at the Ryerson Image Centre

WITNESS WORKS BY VANGUARD TORONTO-BASED VIDEO ARTISTS SPRING HURLBUT AND IZABELLA PRUSKA-OLDENHOF AT THE RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE

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A still from Spring Hurlbut’s 2008 video installation, Airborne (photo © Spring Hurlbut, courtest of Georgia Scherman Projects)

JANUARY 20 TO APRIL 10  A pair of particularly mesmerizing video works encourage quiet contemplation at the Ryerson Image Centre. Commissioned by the gallery, The Relics of Lumen, by experimental filmmaker and Ryerson faculty member Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof, juxtaposes astronomical photos and images of transit and locomotion to comment on the displacement of people. Spring Hurlbut’s Airborne looks, in a way, at another kind of displacement: in slow motion, the Toronto artist ritualistically opens six urns, the cremated contents of which ascend, swirl and delicately disperse, poignantly visualizing life’s evanescence.  —Craig Moy

• Ryerson Image Centre, 33 Gould St., 416-979-5164; ryerson.ca/ric
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