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Days of the Eclipse
January 22 - March 6, 2010
Group exhibtion
Mercer Union, Toronto

The Magic Mountain
L'Heure Bleue
PM show
The Big Nowhere
Days of eclipse
S-N-W-O
Nothing of North
Landscape and affect
California Bienniale
Shape Shifters
3 Fireplaces

   

Marie Jager’ Sun map is a blueprinted aerial view of the city of Los Angeles, which through various masking techniques, she has partially exposed to the sun’s rays. Blueprinting is similar to the cyanotype process invented by British astronomer John Herschel. By Jager’s intervention, she pushes the paper photosensitivity further, and offering the prints to the long exposure of the city’s elements, she pushes them to a point of discoloration that recalls the look of weather maps.

Jager’s artificial exposures may be seen as a contemporary rejoinder to the pages of Nauman’s LAAIR (1970), an artist’s book which falsely masquerades as a collection of Los Angeles photographic sky views but is composed simply by the flat application of ink on a printing press.

Similarly, Jager’s Starter Paintings, which feign an abstract expressionist feel, are in fact, derived through the process of exposing a bare canvas or paper to a car’s exhaust pipe at the moment of ignition. The resulting spray of oil serves to catalogue the natural/unnatural landscape of one second in Los Angeles, a mark as determinate and aesthetic as an eclipse, revealing textures reminiscent of the surface of the moon. - Catalogue essay by Sarah Robayo Sheridan