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Michael Snow
Solar Breath (Northern Caryatids) [Silver Edition 2011], 2002

Title: Solar Breath (Northern Caryatids) [Silver Edition 2011]

Artist: Michael Snow

Medium: Still from video installation; Inkjet print

Date: 2002

Image Size: 22" x 17"

Edition: 23 - Sold as part of a set

Price: $1250

About the SILVER EDITIONS 2011 Set

TPW Silver Editions 2011

Silver Editions 2011, is a limited edition portfolio featuring photographs (pictured above from left to right) by three Canadian artists: Kotama Bouabane, Michelle O’Byrne and Michael Snow.

Silver Editions 2011 brings together a trio of images that are equal parts visually seductive and formally inventive. Though the works are produced by a diverse group of artists, each at very different stages in their careers, all three demonstrate a parallel engagement with the terms of photographic representation and a willingness to test the limits therein. The images are playful, visually pleasing and deceptively simple in their construction. And yet each one also offers up a challenge to the very terms of photographed image. They take aspects of representation to task, toying with framing, flatness and form in a way that is deeply engaging and intellectually challenging.

Silver Editions 2011 is produced in an edition of 23 and is available for sale as a set for $1,250.

Silver Editions 2011 is the sixth collection in the series. The images have been generously donated by the participating artists to support Gallery TPW, a non profit artist-run centre and registered charity. All proceeds go to support Gallery TPW’s operations, programming and mandate.

About this Work

Solar Breath (Northern Caryatids)

Solar Breath (Northern Caryatids) is a 62" loop, shot from the artist's summer cabin in rural Newfoundland, which captures how over the years "a mysterious wind performance takes place in one of the windows, about an hour before sunset." The artist explains, "While on one level Solar Breath is merely a fixed-camera documentary recording, it is also the result of years of attention ... (It) is 62 minutes of the most beautiful, eloquent movements and pliages that the sun, wind, windows and curtain have yet composed. Chance and choice co-exist."

"What I saw in these sun and wind events was their potential as art. I did not record these 'events' to share this modest phenomenon from my daily life with others. No, the rich play of light, surfaces and durations said to me: this real, un-staged event contains the elements which are essential for a contemplative time-light-motion work of art..."

About the Print

This edition, supervised by the artist, is printed with archival pigment inks on a matte Fine Art paper. The ink and paper combination have a display permanence rating of 200+ years. All our prints are made with the greatest attention to quality and a concern for permanence.

About the Artist

Michael Snow

Michael Snow’s prolific career has encompassed experimental filmmaking, sculpture, painting, music, drawing, and photography. He first exhibited in 1956 and in the 1960s became internationally renowned with his film "Wavelength". Based in Toronto, he has exhibited internationally over the past five decades. Recent solo exhibitions have included Angels Barcelona (2009), BFI Southbank Gallery, London (2008), and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2005). His work can be found in many of the most renowned contemporary art collections in the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Musee d’Art Moderne de Paris, and the National Gallery of Canada. He has represented Canada at the Venice Biennale and has exhibited at most international major biennials.