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Michael Snow, 1929–2023

Solar Breath (Northern Caryatids)2005

Filmed using a digital camera, ‘Solar Breath (Northern Caryatids)’ is a continuation of Snow’s longstanding interest in perception, optics and natural phenomena. Sucked outwards from the interior of the artist’s Northern Ontario cabin by a Solar Wind, a curtain becomes violently flattened against a fly-screen in a naturally looping action as though the house is breathing. Projected directly onto the gallery wall, the image is the actual scale of the window. ‘Caryatids’ refers to an architectural support, traditionally sculpted in the form of a draped female figure.

MediumVideo (colour, sound)
Dimensions Duration: 60 min
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2007
EditionEdition 2/2 + A/P
Item NumberIMMA.2118
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Michael Snow, Solar Breath (Northern Caryatids), 2005, Video (colour, sound), Duration: 60 min, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2007

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Michael Snow 1929–2023

Canadian artist and film maker Michael Snow attended Upper Canada College and the Ontario College of Art. Snow was a significant figure in the history of experimental film. He was also a musician and sculptor. His award-winning films have been exhibited across Europe, North America and South America. In 1993, a multi venue retrospective, ‘The Michael Snow Project’, was held across several public venues in Canada. A major retrospective was held at the Lucca Film Festival in 2007.

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