September 28, 2018 - Remai Modern - Rosa Barba: Send Me Sky
September 28, 2018

Remai Modern

Rosa Barba, The Color Out of Space, 2015. HD video, color, sound; colored glass filters, steel base. Installation view, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge MA, 2015. Photo: Peter Harris. © Rosa Barba.

Rosa Barba
Send Me Sky
September 28, 2018–January 13, 2019

Artist's Talk: September 28, 7–10pm

Remai Modern
102 Spadina Crescent E
Saskatoon SK S7K 0L3
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Remai Modern is pleased to host Rosa Barba’s first major solo museum project in Canada. The exhibition features a newly-commissioned filmic sculpture, in addition to a selection of her recent work. The commission Send Me Sky, Henrietta is part of a series inspired by the artist’s ongoing research into astronomy and cinema. 

Send Me Sky, Henrietta (2018), a site-specific piece for Remai Modern’s Feature Gallery, uses footage Barba shot at the Harvard College Observatory. The piece is dedicated to American astronomer Henrietta S. Leavitt and her research on observation, quantification and calculation of the colour and luminosity of stars. 

Works in the exhibition also include the significant installations The Color Out of Space (2015), and Sight Enables Us to Appreciate Distance (2013/2016), as well as additional works in film, installation, sculpture and print. Together, the open and dynamic arrangement creates a “fictional library,” a term Barba uses to describe her working method.

The exhibition also includes the newest work in Barba’s White Museum series, which began in 2010. Using a 70-mm projector, the piece projects a blank film onto the landscape outside the museum, in this case the South Saskatchewan River. Previous iterations of White Museum have illuminated landscapes in New York, São Paulo and Brussels.

Like all Barba’s works, White Museum is essentially performative. It frames the landscape and its inhabitants as the principal cinematic subject and combines them into a single sculpture. The piece is a delicate gesture that showcases the communal intent of cinema, reaching out to the cinematic space beyond the screen.

The exhibition at Remai Modern will be accompanied by a new issue of Barba’s publication Printed Cinema, an ongoing attempt to reveal and unravel the cinematic organism, stressing the ephemeral nature of the image's surface by remaking it as printed matter. Barba has published Printed Cinema alongside her film projects since 2004, creating a kind of secondary literature sourced from film stills, text and photographs. The publications are intended not as companion pieces to the installations, but rather as experiments in word and image. 

Send Me Sky is accompanied by a live program that includes regular screenings of Barba’s film Disseminate and Hold (2016) and a four-part film series chosen by Barba. The latter films run every Friday in November starting on the 9th.

Barba will discuss her practice, research and sources of inspiration at Remai Modern in artist’s talk on September 28. 

“Rosa Barba’s work is a subtle interrogation into and co-option of industrial cinema-as-subject, via various kinds of what might be understood as ‘stagings’—of ‘the local,’ the non-actor, gesture, genre, information, expertise and authority, the mundane—and removals from a social realism within which they were observed, and which qualifies them as components of the work, to be framed, redesigned, represented. The effect of which her work contests and recasts truth and fiction, myth and reality, metaphor and material to a disorientating degree, which ultimately extends into a conceptual practice that also recasts the viewer’s own staging as an act of radical and exhilarating reversal—from being the receiver of an image (a subject of control) to being in and amongst its engine room/s, looking out.”

—Ian White, 2011

Send Me Sky is curated by Sandra Guimarães, Director of Programs & Chief Curator at Remai Modern

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