Loveland by Charles Stankievech

Charles Stankievech

LOVELAND (video still), 2009–2011

Video installation

Soundtrack by Tim Hecker

Yesterday I ran through the Quebec Triennial at the MAC in Montreal, and was pretty much only intrigued by this video installation by Charles Stankievech. You encounter a projection of a white arctic landscape inside a white painted room. Slowly purple smoke beings to fill up the landscape, accompanied by atmospheric noise by Tim Hecker.

The work is inspired by painter Jules Olitski’s Instant Loveland and The Purple Cloud, an obscure science-fiction story. Stankievech says: “Our experience of nature is sublime, and there is something sublime in the video of a smoke grenade exploding into the white landscape.” Yes, there is.

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