She was one of the first video artists in Montreal to show her tapes in gallery installations rather than on a monitor, and she has since exhibited in a variety of settings – museums, international galleries, lobbies... Her distilled images speak of profound human issues, and her latest solo exhibition at Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran is no exception. Reconfigurations is a meditation on the theme of individual and collective memory, its persistence and traces. Steinman’s interpretation is at once straightforward and sublime as she uses damaged, discarded, shredded material from her previous works and digital archives, images of smashed compact discs and unwound reels and tape in an effort to reconstruct the traces of the past these objects carry. The message of her work hides in the sleek coils of film that take on a sculptural affect in her elegant, even opulent photographs. Time is the choreographer of her compositions, the time it took to create the image, and the time that marks the material used for her work. The dialogue is both visible and implied, and provides the unseen backdrop to the main image. The exhibition also showcases one of Steinman’s iconic works, SIGNS, commissioned in 1992 for the inauguration of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

Barbara Steinman

April 26 - June 7 2014

Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran
1892 rue Payette
514 989-7886
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Magnetic Tape: Half-inch videocassette, No. 1, 2014
Chromogenic print on Fuji Crystal Archive Paper, glossy
146.8 x 106.7 cm (57.8" x 42"), edition of 5


Reels: 16 mm Film (silent): No. 5, 2014
Chromogenic print on Fuji Crystal Archive Paper, glossy
146.8 x 106.7cm (57.8" x 42"), edition of 5