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RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE

ELISA JULIA GILMOUR: SOMETHING IN SOMEONE'S EYE
January 22 – March 2, 2014
Student Gallery

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Elisa Julia Gilmour: Something In Someone's Eye

Image caption: Elisa Julia Gilmour, Something in Someone’s Eye: Film Strip #3, 2012, vinyl © Elisa Julia Gilmour. Image courtesy the artist

Something In Someone’s Eye (2012) is a series of four cinematic portraits alternating between subtle movement and photographic stillness.

The installation is composed of one 16mm film looping continuously, and three vinyl reproductions of the remaining filmstrips. By working with these two distinct modes of presentation — the 16mm film requires the viewer to remain still and the filmstrips entail a physical movement across the space — the installation accentuates the spatiality and materiality of time passing.

With the use of the now-discontinued colour reversal Kodak Ektachrome film stock as source material, the transient nature of celluloid film mirrors the ephemeral nature of the sitter's gaze. Through the progressive destruction of the film as it continues to play, the work brings life to a material and a subject matter that will inevitably disappear with time. 

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