Single-channel video with sound
Varying exhibition formats - floor projection, or monitor display
In this series of site-specific works, I navigate the back alleys of the city on foot with a video camera focused down on the walking surface. As surfaces rapidly pass by the lens, an unusual perspective of the city is captured. The visual result is highly animated with an endless variety of pattern, line, and colour. The rhythm of my footsteps and surrounding human and machine activity adds an ambient sound mix.
Back alleys present an alternative for travel through the city, outside the traditional grid of streets and sidewalks. They offer a more private view of the city. These nameless, interstitial spaces are where deliveries are made, where workers sneak a smoke, where the detritus of commerce and habitation accumulates and is carted off. Underfoot, a variety of surface materials, transformed by histories of repair, neglect and wear, are patched, cracked and broken. Debris is strewn and crushed by machine and human traffic. These hidden environments can provide an abundance of aesthetic opportunities.
2014 Leamington Arts Centre (Ambient Walk #3 - Chicago)
2013 Juried Exhibition, Thames Art Gallery, Chatham (Ambient Walk #3 - Chicago)
2012 Nuit Blanche, Toronto (Ambient Walk #2 - Toronto- live streamed version)
2011 Windsor Biennial, Art Gallery of Windsor, ON (Ambient Walk - Windsor)