© A. Martin, 2018

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© A. Martin, 2018

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November 10 to December 15, 2018

Saturday, November 10, 2018, at 5pm

With the generous, ongoing collaboration of soprano Janet Youngdahl

"Nothing but an open mouth, or perhaps an eye, an ear: nothing but an open body. Bodies are adorations in all their openings."     

(Jean-Luc Nancy, Adoration: the Deconstruction of Christianity II)

adoration is an installation taking inspiration from the writing of Jean-Luc Nancy, and the sacred music of late medieval composer, writer and mystic Hildegard of Bingen. Where does sacred experience (re) emerge in a secular, materialist world? Does not the impulse to experience a gap in the texture of reality, a beyond or within, always migrate to another object, another location or non-place? Imagining the space of the gallery infused with and opened by sound, I have distilled the modal tones of one chant by Bingen and used this palette to invoke an extended moment of presence. What began as minimal panels of reflective colour gave way to visions evoked by Of Bingen's life and musical texts transposed across nine centuries and situated an ocean away.

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Annie Martin

Annie Martin's practice traverses sound, installation, painting, drawing, textile and performance. Her work has been exhibited widely in Canada, and internationally. Martin received her MFA from Concordia University in 1994. She lives and works in Lethbridge, Alberta, in the traditional territory of the Blackfoot Confederacy.