180°, from Lost in Time, 2011
35mm colour film transferred to digital video, sound, 9 min 55 sec
Courtesy of the Artist
Illustrated: Patrick Bernatchez
The history of contemporary art is witness to an astonishing range of works that involve the piano. From the 1960s on, the piano has figured in the visual arts in numerous performances and sculptures, often continuing the iconoclastic and experimental tendencies of the early music avant-gardes.
The exhibition will feature a number of piano works—in the form of video projections, performances and sculpture. Visual artists have approached the piano in non-traditional and unconventional ways, often continuing the experimental and iconoclastic tendencies of the early musical avant-garde and the work of musicians such as Erik Satie and John Cage. The exhibition, The Piano, features sculptures, performances and video installations by Canadian and international artists that have been produced over the last few decades, including works by: Stan Douglas, Rodney Graham, Tim Lee, George Maciunas, Katie Paterson, Michael Snow and more.