Edwin Janzen – Remotes


February 3 – 26, 2017
Opening Reception Friday February 3,  7 – 9:30pm

Edwin Janzen, invitation
Each print featured in this exhibition is the result of strategic hi-res scanning of an electronic TV or DVD remote controller, small sections of which have been cropped in squares, enlarged and printed. Through magnification, the viewer is alienated or detached from the device’s initial purpose and left to negotiate a micro-world of large coloured blobs, unfamiliar surfaces, decontextualized scraps of text, and various detritus. The remote controller’s sleek design and militaristic ‘command-and-control’ aesthetic is thus compromised, as the devices become sites of abjection, engendering emotional responses of revulsion or perplexity.

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