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The annual New Toronto Works Show presents an exciting programme of film and video works by a bevy of local artists. Curated by Pleasure Dome members Dara Gellman and Leslie Peters, this year’s programme highlights experimental tendencies and the exploration of narrative forms in recent local film and video production. This extraordinary range of new work, all produced in 1999, includes Allyson Mitchell’s Candy Kisses, Robert Kennedy’s Hi, I’m Steve, Chris McKay’s Fries With That, Elida Schogt’s Zyklon Portrait, Gunilla Josephson’s (loco)motive, Dana Inkster’s Welcome to Africville, Scott Beveridge’s Quiver, Su Rynard’s The Day Jesus Melted, Zachery Longboy’s The Stone Show, Jinhan Ko’s Off Road Event #1, Ian Jarvis’s Skin, Kevin Kilpatrick’s Landdrone, Douangta Inthavixay’s L.O.V.E, Michelle Kasprzak’s ENG, Michael Graham’s Chasing Wind and Tasman Richardson’s Germ.
The New Toronto Works Show is an eclectic mix of video and film work produced in 1999 by Toronto-based artists. Featuring both emerging and established artists’ work, the programme highlights a cross-section of genres and themes occurring in recent local artists’ film and video production. All of the works share, in varying degrees, an interest in experimenting with the more traditional confines of their genres.
Offering alternate and personal histories, Welcome to Africville, Zyklon Portrait and The Stone Show explore narratives of the loss of both people and places. The animated films Fries With That and Candy Kisses reveal the bittersweet humour of lost relationships. Hi, I’m Steve and The Day Jesus Melted recount stories of the search for meaning and connection. Off Road Event #1 and (loco)motive playfully subvert expectations, as do ENG and L.O.V.E., in their re-contextualization of media practices and framing devices. Quiver and Skin challenge notions of the taboo with their frank and personal revelations. Chasing Wind, Landdrone and Germ are atmospheric experiments that reveal the microcosms of our surroundings.
Jinhan Ko, Off Road Event #1, video, 0:35, 1999
Ian Jarvis, Skin, video, 2:00, 1999
Gunilla Josephson, (loco)motive, video, 4:00, 1999
Zachery Longboy, The Stone Show, video, 9:00, 1999
Michael Graham, Chasing Wind, video, 4:30, 1999
Elida Schogt, Zyklon Portrait, 16mm, 13:00, 1999
Michelle Kasprzak, ENG, video, 2:00, 1999
Douangta Inthavixay, L.O.V.E, video, 1:00, 1999
Chris McKay, Fries With That, 16mm 5:00, 1999
Dana Inkster, Welcome to Africville, video, 15:00, 1999
Su Rynard, The Day Jesus Melted, video, 3:00, 1999
Tasman Richardson, Germ, video, 2:15, 1999
Scott Beveridge, Quiver, 16mm, 5:00, 1999
Kevin Kilpatrick, Landdrone, video, 8:00, 1999
Allyson Mitchell, Candy Kisses, 16mm, 3:00, 1999
Robert Kennedy, Hi, I’m Steve, 16mm, 7:00, 1999