Image Coming Soon #1
20 March - 6 June 2015
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto
Image Coming Soon #1 re-stages the late American composer John Cage’s groundbreaking composition for a museum, titled museumcircle (1989-1995). Informed by Marcel Duchamp’s first musical work Erratum Musicale (1913), Cage’s work entails the use of chance operations to determine the spatial composition of an array of objects borrowed from over thirty museums in the Greater Toronto area, and an assortment of rocks, plants, books, chess tables and pieces of ephemera.
Image Coming Soon #1 juxtaposes Cage’s historical project with unannounced performances of Duchamp's Erratum Musicale, to allow a contemplation of the two scores, and more specifically, the consequences of Cage’s spatial adaptation of sound composition principles. Performers of Erratum Musicale include Ido Govrin, Martin Arnold, Ryan Driver, Doug Tielli, Christine Duncan, Michael Davidson and Patrick O’Reilly.
Art Gallery of Ontario, Blackwood Gallery, Campbell House, City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services (Colborne Lodge Museum, Fort York National Historic Site, Gibson House Museum, City of Toronto Historical Collection, The Market Gallery, Spadina Museum, Todmorden Mills Heritage Site, York Museum), Design Exchange, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Gardiner Museum, Gendai Gallery, Hart House Collection, Museum of Inuit Art, The Morris and Sally Justein Heritage Museum at Baycrest, Malcove Collection, Mercer Union, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, MZTV Museum of Television, Open Studio, Ontario Science Centre, Royal Ontario Museum, Ryerson Image Centre, University College Collection, University of Toronto Collection.
Image Credit: Toni Hafkenscheid