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August 8th - September 5th, 2015


Naomi Cook
Allegory Algorithm

Centre Space
65 George Street, Toronto
M5A 4L8

Opening Saturday August 8th from 3:00pm to 6:00pm


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ABOUT THE SHOW

Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain is pleased to present Naomi Cook’s first solo exhibition in Toronto: Allegory Algorithm. This exhibition addresses different modes of data visualization used by the artist as allegories for current socio-political events. In turn, these works are complemented by more classical allegorical drawings that speak to the movement and fluctuation of data-driven environments.

This exhibition is comprised of three elements: The BATS stock exchange visualization, the Pianola Project, and the Forms drawing series. The BATS stock exchange visualization is a set of drawings accompanying a six minute hand-drawn video mapping the drop in value of a stock affected by high-frequency trading algorithms. Each second of the video shows three milliseconds of the original stock data. The Pianola Project is based on a player piano scroll of Pete Wendling’s song “Hesitation Blues”. This was used as a template to transfer the placement of notes onto a 4 x 18 ft roll of paper, embellishing the original in a fractal-inspired way influenced by Benoit Mandelbrot’s theory of noise and disturbance. The Forms series uses many of the stylistic similarities in Cook’s data processing and visualization to depict ambiguous human forms in bizarre yet classical poses, as if cast from a mould of manipulated data.

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Naomi Cook is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Montreal. Cook’s technique stems from interests in engravings, sound, and visual representations of data. In 2005 she founded Red Bird Gallery and Studios in Montreal, working as director and curator until 2010. She subsequently relocated to Berlin, collaborating on projects and proposals including an immersive architectural work. Her work was featured in several group exhibitions in Montreal and abroad, online as a frequent contributor to GIF LORDS, and in the 2014 edition of POP Montreal. Most recently her works were selected by Canadian Art Magazine as favourites of the 2015 edition of PAPIER Art Fair.

The Gallery thanks SODEC for its support.



WORKS
BATASS   BATS-2012-03-23
2015
HD video
6:20 min


Pianola
Pianola
2013
ink on paper
122 x 548.5 cm. (4' x 18')




Pianola   Pianola   Pianola
Midi Sketch 2.5,4.5,6.5,8.5,10.5 
2014
ink on paper, mp3
28 x 21.5 cm. (11" x 8.5")
  Midi Sketch 4,5,6,6.5,7,8
2014
ink on paper, mp3
28 x 21.5 cm. (11" x 8.5")
  Midi Sketch 3.5,4.5,5.5,8
2014
ink on paper mp3
28 x 21.5 cm. (11" x 8.5")


FORMS   FORMS   mai/ac22
Form XXIV
2014
ink on paper
66 x 86.5 cm (26" x 34")
  Form XXV
2014
ink on paper
66 x 86.5 cm (26" x 34")
  meatus acusticus internus / acoustic_canal_22s.wav
2014
copper etching
31 x 42 cm. (12.25" x 16.5")
ed. 12


mai/ac22   dollar_bill_yo   timelapse
Form XXVIII
2015
ink on paper
86 .5x 66 cm (34" x 26")
  Dollar Bill
2015
ink on paper
29.25 x 42 cm. (11.5" x 11")


  BATS_2012-03-23 time lapse
2015
ink on paper
28 x 21.5 cm. (11" x 8.5")
ed. 3



LINKS

- Naomi Cook's artist website
- Canadian Art, "Must-Sees This Week: August 6 to 12, 2015" , Canadian Art, August 6, 2015


ARTIST'S C.V.

click here to download the Naomi Cook's recent C.V.

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