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Shadow Grappling

14 September 10 November 2002
at Centennial Square
Curated by Su Ditta


Doug Back is a wizard.  His 21st century alchemy draws on computers, motors,
video cameras, body parts and everyday objects to create an otherwise
unimaginable world of robotic creatures, shadow puppets, handbuilt machines,
conceptual mirrors and kinetic extravaganzas.  His magic mixes science and
art to explore the spaces where abstract physics, mathematics and digital
technologies meet an electric skin and the palpable warmth of the living
human body.  This work reflects the search of the human heart on a journey
to come to terms with the super-natural shadow of technology in contemporary
Western culture. 
Employing a complex knowledge of technology, Back manipulates not just
wires, but sensibilities, reconstructing a "technological body" that is rich
with memory, desire, anxiety and pleasure.  The cool components of computers
and digital imagery are reshaped and turned upside down to create
interactive installations that radiate extremes of tone and texture. These
are emotional machines, in unstable states.
This exhibition brings together selected works from over three decades of
practice and includes several new works made specifically for this
exhibition.  Doug Back was born in Toronto and lives in Norwood, Ontario.
He teaches at the Ontario College of Art and Design and is a winner of the
prestigious Canada Council-Petro Canada Award for outstanding achievement in
new media art. 
Welcome to Doug Back's world.

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