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.

Improper Perspectives, Video Excerpt (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No, item is not peer reviewed.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: 
Video
File(s): 
Improper Perspectives, Video Excerpt (Lady at TV)

Improper Perspectives, Video Excerpt (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No, item is not peer reviewed.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: 
Video
File(s): 
Improper Perspectives, Video Excerpt (Penthouse)

Improper Perspectives, Video Excerpt (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No, item is not peer reviewed.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: 
Video
File(s): 
Improper Perspectives, Video Excerpt (Painter)

Reading Machine, Video Excerpt

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2002
Abstract: 

In Reading Machine, the artist is seen from a distance dropping books from the window of an apartment building. Several of the books separate from their dust jackets, which swoop behind, falling at a slower rate. The video reverses, allowing the books to return to Clay’s hands, before looping again. In installation, the video plays on a small screen, embedded into the sloping top surface of a lectern. On the shelves below are stowed several old, damaged books: The Collected Essays of Marx and Engels and others.

Document type: 
Video
File(s): 
Reading Machine Video Excerpt

Strewn.

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2005
Abstract: 

For her photograph "Strewn" Clay reuses a book, namely Michael Turner's "The Pornographer's Poem", which she previously soaked in water and destroyed as part of her series “Each Wild Idea.” Also echoed is the performance in Loci when books by prominent women authors are soaked in milk. Here the book has been salvaged, dried and resituated in a placid and unemotional living room. This cryptic scenario makes us wonder whether Turner’s book is in or out of context.

Document type: 
Image
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Laguna Beach, Orange County.

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1997
Document type: 
Image

I'm Glad.

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2008
Document type: 
Image
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Traversing the Farmland Against the Grain.

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1995
Document type: 
Image

I Can't Stand Chaos, Detail.

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2007
Abstract: 

"I Can’t Stand Chaos" is a group of eight oil paintings on cradled panels installed in a grid formation. The sentence “I can’t stand chaos it makes me nervous” is used twice and can be read forward and backward: “nervous me makes it chaos stand can’t I.” There is a palindromic effect as we move our eyes back and forth, but there is also a radial oscillation since the words are split up across the panels and decentered on each panel. Furthermore, directional brush marks are employed to reinforce the chaotic quality of the narrative. In other words, the brush marks formally enhance the content of the text.

Document type: 
Image

I Can't Stand Chaos.

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2007
Abstract: 

"I Can’t Stand Chaos" is a group of eight oil paintings on cradled panels installed in a grid formation. The sentence “I can’t stand chaos it makes me nervous” is used twice and can be read forward and backward: “nervous me makes it chaos stand can’t I.” There is a palindromic effect as we move our eyes back and forth, but there is also a radial oscillation since the words are split up across the panels and decentered on each panel. Furthermore, directional brush marks are employed to reinforce the chaotic quality of the narrative. In other words, the brush marks formally enhance the content of the text.

Document type: 
Image
File(s):