Allyson Clay works

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Digitized works of SFU Contemporary Arts professor Allyson Clay. The works include artworks on paper, paintings, mock-ups and sketches for projects, chapbooks, special projects for journals, catalogues, essays in books, sketchbook pages and journal excerpts, and objects that resulted from the process of making art. The works are in this collection and in the following sub-collections.

La La City, Video Still

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2001
Abstract: 

The artist's camera is pointed outward, through the windows of a revolving restaurant, toward the cityscape of Vancouver’s West End. With the restaurant acting as moving tripod, the video begins by panning clockwise, slowly passing cargo ships, skyscrapers, Stanley Park, and mountains on Vancouver’s North Shore. Maintaining its slowly creeping pace, the video progresses, subsequently recording the movement of cruise liners and smaller vessels in Coal Harbour. Midway through the video, the action reverses—allowing boats and cars to travel backwards—gradually replaying the previous views.

Document type: 
Image

La La City, Video Still

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2001
Abstract: 

The artist's camera is pointed outward, through the windows of a revolving restaurant, toward the cityscape of Vancouver’s West End. With the restaurant acting as moving tripod, the video begins by panning clockwise, slowly passing cargo ships, skyscrapers, Stanley Park, and mountains on Vancouver’s North Shore. Maintaining its slowly creeping pace, the video progresses, subsequently recording the movement of cruise liners and smaller vessels in Coal Harbour. Midway through the video, the action reverses—allowing boats and cars to travel backwards—gradually replaying the previous views.

Document type: 
Image

La La City, Video Still

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2001
Abstract: 

The artist's camera is pointed outward, through the windows of a revolving restaurant, toward the cityscape of Vancouver’s West End. With the restaurant acting as moving tripod, the video begins by panning clockwise, slowly passing cargo ships, skyscrapers, Stanley Park, and mountains on Vancouver’s North Shore. Maintaining its slowly creeping pace, the video progresses, subsequently recording the movement of cruise liners and smaller vessels in Coal Harbour. Midway through the video, the action reverses—allowing boats and cars to travel backwards—gradually replaying the previous views.

Document type: 
Image

Improper Perspectives, Video Still (Two Kitchen Windows)

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2000
Abstract: 

Improper Perspectives consists of five tripod-mounted video projectors, each fitted with a short metal arm that extends to hold a small, sandblasted glass plate. Projected onto each glass plate is one of five videos, captured with handheld camera, of the exterior windows of apartment dwellings. The videos were filmed at dusk or after dark, allowing their interior lights to reveal glimpses of living spaces. These views include, often for only fleeting moments, the figures of individuals unaware of the camera’s gaze.

Document type: 
Image

Improper Perspectives, Video Still (Striped Couch)

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2000
Abstract: 

Improper Perspectives consists of five tripod-mounted video projectors, each fitted with a short metal arm that extends to hold a small, sandblasted glass plate. Projected onto each glass plate is one of five videos, captured with handheld camera, of the exterior windows of apartment dwellings. The videos were filmed at dusk or after dark, allowing their interior lights to reveal glimpses of living spaces. These views include, often for only fleeting moments, the figures of individuals unaware of the camera’s gaze.

Document type: 
Image

Improper Perspectives, Video Still (Lady at TV)

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2000
Abstract: 

Improper Perspectives consists of five tripod-mounted video projectors, each fitted with a short metal arm that extends to hold a small, sandblasted glass plate. Projected onto each glass plate is one of five videos, captured with handheld camera, of the exterior windows of apartment dwellings. The videos were filmed at dusk or after dark, allowing their interior lights to reveal glimpses of living spaces. These views include, often for only fleeting moments, the figures of individuals unaware of the camera’s gaze.

Document type: 
Image

Improper Perspectives, Video Still (Penthouse)

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2000
Abstract: 

Improper Perspectives consists of five tripod-mounted video projectors, each fitted with a short metal arm that extends to hold a small, sandblasted glass plate. Projected onto each glass plate is one of five videos, captured with handheld camera, of the exterior windows of apartment dwellings. The videos were filmed at dusk or after dark, allowing their interior lights to reveal glimpses of living spaces. These views include, often for only fleeting moments, the figures of individuals unaware of the camera’s gaze.

Document type: 
Image

Improper Perspectives, Video Still (Painter)

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2000
Abstract: 

Improper Perspectives consists of five tripod-mounted video projectors, each fitted with a short metal arm that extends to hold a small, sandblasted glass plate. Projected onto each glass plate is one of five videos, captured with handheld camera, of the exterior windows of apartment dwellings. The videos were filmed at dusk or after dark, allowing their interior lights to reveal glimpses of living spaces. These views include, often for only fleeting moments, the figures of individuals unaware of the camera’s gaze.

Document type: 
Image

Imaginary Standard Distance Day, Video Still

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1999
Abstract: 

Imaginary Standard Distance features video footage of a public telephone structure in Paris and the patrons who use it. The work’s open-ended narratives are influenced by the shifting light of its two contrasting versions: day and night. As people move in and out of the tripartite kiosk, which houses three separate phone booths, the camera captures their private gestures within a public space. The patrons chat leisurely, often leaning on the steel countertops or glass walls of the booths, or communicate with extraneous hand movements to the unseen recipients of their calls. Nighttime patrons are fewer (which sees the kiosk empty at times) and engage the phones in distinctive ways: a young, flirtatious couple occupy a booth together; a woman switches booths; and a man sets his phone down to run momentarily offscreen.

Document type: 
Image

Imaginary Standard Distance Day, Video Still

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1999
Abstract: 

Imaginary Standard Distance features video footage of a public telephone structure in Paris and the patrons who use it. The work’s open-ended narratives are influenced by the shifting light of its two contrasting versions: day and night. As people move in and out of the tripartite kiosk, which houses three separate phone booths, the camera captures their private gestures within a public space. The patrons chat leisurely, often leaning on the steel countertops or glass walls of the booths, or communicate with extraneous hand movements to the unseen recipients of their calls. Nighttime patrons are fewer (which sees the kiosk empty at times) and engage the phones in distinctive ways: a young, flirtatious couple occupy a booth together; a woman switches booths; and a man sets his phone down to run momentarily offscreen.

Document type: 
Image