April 11 – June 3, 2012
Opening reception: Tuesday, April 17, 5 – 7 pm
in the Young Gallery beside Frank Restaurant, with the artist in attendance
The Art Gallery of Ontario is pleased to announce that the Toronto Now series continues with an exhibition by local artist Annie MacDonell. Presented in partnership with the 25th Images Festival, The Fortune Teller features a selection of works from an ongoing series in which the artist interrogates ideas around originality, authenticity and appropriation as they relate to the production and consumption of contemporary art.
The central work presented is a video piece titledThe Shape of Time, Reconsidered. Originally shot on 16mm film in the AGO conservation lab, the work follows the actions of an art conservator as she restores the resin hand from an early-twentieth-century fortune-telling machine. The restored object itself is also presented, along with a series of images depicting it at different stages of being. Together, the works address the relationship between past, present and future. The hand serves as an allegory for a more elastic conception of historical time as it relates to art and objects, originality, and the obsession with progress which defined the 20th century.