Louise Noguchi, IL MOMENTO LV

Sat Oct 23, 2010 - 12:00 pm - Sat Nov 6, 2010 - 5:00 pm @ Gendai Gallery, 6 Garamond Court, Toronto

Louise Noguchi, IL MOMENTO LV (2007, 11')

The video Il Momento LV documents expectations of ideal love and romance in the replicated canals of The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Complete with waterways and singing gondoliers, the hotel offers an experience of being in Venice, Italy. By purchasing a ticket, anyone who wants to enact a fantasy that has been presented to them through books, films and television can ride a gondolier and attempt to experience a moment of bliss. However what most find, is that fulfilling and enacting representations of ideal love is sometimes more difficult than imagined.

Louise Noguchi challenges her audience with themes that pose psychological questions. Using photography, sculpture, video and other media, Noguchi’s concepts confront the spectator’s notions of identity, perception and reality. Her work includes exhibitions at the Power Plant, Toronto, Neuer Berliner Kuntsverein, Berlin and the Deutsches Museum, Munich, as well as exhibitions across Canada, the United States, Europe, and Japan.

Born in Toronto, Canada, she received her MFA from the University of Windsor, Canada and AOCA from the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. She is a professor in the Art and Art History program, a collaborative joint program between Sheridan Institute and the University of Toronto Mississauga where she teaches photography and performance-based art.

“Throughout the development of my work, I have dealt with concepts surrounding the artist as hunter. This theme first emerged when I began to question the role of the artist in a broad cultural setting as well as the artist's possible motivations. In some of my earlier work, my investigations led me to explore ideas of violence and transgression associated with the primitive hunt. I continue to combine these ideas and have extended my examination of the artist and more recently the cultural producer, to situations that exist within contemporary society. ” - Louise Noguchi

This video exhibition is the second in a three-part series of Gendai's first instalment of Vectors: Connections and Interventions.

The journey of this mobile programming initiative starts from Gendai home base, the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. Sitting at its initial point, Vectors attempts to explore and examine the conditions around the physical environment of Gendai and the context of its historical and cultural representations, thus to re-assess the role of a community based contemporary art organization.

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