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Stratigraphy: Landscape Imprints

Layer layout rendering, 2017
Photo: Alex R.M. Thompson


8eleven - Toronto, Canada
Alex R.M. Thompson - Toronto, Canada

The installation employs printmaking techniques to create a visually spectacular experience through a composite of acrylic, reflective panels (mirrors), and light. The work references a succession of rock layers, where at each level lies a context that embodies geographic artifacts or natural events and historical human practices. The sculpture, floating like a crystal chandelier, captures the viewer’s image and reflects it onto an ephemeral 3 dimensional map of Toronto’s landscape and histories that are engraved on the panels. These acrylic and reflective panels together with theatrical lighting act as a blank slate on which personal histories of every occupant of the space can be enacted. The work challenges the notion of obsolescence folding past (the panels), present (the reflection), and future (the reimagined vision) into one instant of interaction.

Alex R.M. Thompson uses drawing, copperplate etching, and sculptures to explore the relationship between personal identities and their surroundings.



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401 Richmond

401 Richmond Street West

Suitable for all ages

This project is indoors.