Mr. & Mrs. (Permanent-Marker)

Mr. & Mrs. (Permanent-Marker)

Mr. & Mrs. (Permanent-Marker)

2004
wood, dry wall, acrylic paint, DVD projection
variable dimensions

Mr. & Mrs. (Permanent-Marker) Mr. & Mrs. (Permanent-Marker)

An upstairs room is altered with a slanted ceiling. A video projection creates a metaphorical window to other realms, where time and space undo naïve expectations.

An upstairs bedroom is transformed into a tilted planetarium of dreams. The dimmed domestic setting is empty of furnishings, though its ceilings has been rebuilt at a steep angle that bisects the room’s volume in half, creating an imposing surface that “sinks” into the lower part of the room.

A video plays upon the perfectly sloped ceiling beamed in an ovular form, depicting a series of silent scenes. These scenes include shallow waves breaking in and out, clouds passing in an azure sky, a hanging, overhead light bulb and children’s hands in the act of drawing imaginary flying machines. The video images “slide” across the ceiling, angled against the incline of its position, donating the room an unstable centre of gravity while allowing the perspectives of the space to be at odds with one another.

During the longest video scene a child’s hand draws a fanciful spaceship but the footage is played in reverse, so that the complete drawing gradually disappears. Line by line, the naïve illustration, like the optimism of youthful expectation, gradually vanishes from its projected “window” upon the ceiling.

The drawings, which are made with a “permanent” marker, turn out to be as fleeting as the clouds and the waves and perhaps the vortexes of hope we envision with in the ordinary rooms of life. The promises and expectations of innocence are washed away upon the encroaching ceiling of time.

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Mr. & Mrs. (Permanent-Marker)