Upturned Starry Sky : Solo Exhibition, Contact Gallery, Toronto
School of Creative Arts
Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities Research Institute
Art and Design
Research into Practice
Lynne Marsh, April 28–June 15, 2012 "Upturned Starry Sky" presents a selection of works by Lynne Marsh (b. Canada, based in Montreal, Berlin, and London, UK) that come together under the rubric of spectacle. Engaging with three sites in Berlin—an empty sports stadium, a disused amusement park, and the interior of the city’s iconic orchestral concert hall—Marsh positions the viewer as participant in the social relation that gives each location its essential meaning. Writing in 1967, French thinker Guy Debord stated “The spectacle is not a collection of images; it is a social relation between people that is mediated by images.” This quote points us to a consistent element in Marsh’s exhibition—which also relates to her art practice as a whole—the camera that depicts each of her subjects. Aligning the eye of the viewer with the camera lens, Marsh positions the viewer within the latent spectacles her artworks embody.