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Dream of Sleeping

Owen Eric Wood

Curated By: Jim Riley

October 14 - November 26, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, October 14 – 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

“What are we when stripped of our bodies and social identities? Where are we when dislodged from this physical world?”

Owen Eric Wood creates a three-channel video installation exploring ideas connected to time-space, and the conscious and unconscious self. He creates his video images using a process he calls “re-projection.” Wood experienced a dream where his future was his present state. In his dream, his father had died but is was alive in the physical world; he had a son in the dream but no son in his awakened state; and he shifted from one location to another. This out-of-body experience created a curiosity in him that is the focus of this exhibition.

A video interview of Owen Eric Wood may be seen here. https://youtu.be/T4PKOOHAvMY

Montreal-based artist Owen Eric Wood (b. Toronto, Canada) holds an MFA from the University of Windsor, a BFA from Concordia University, and a BAA in Journalism from Ryerson University. He has established a signature style of self portraiture using a unique process of video projection. His work has shown at more than 100 galleries and festivals in 30 countries. He has won a number of awards, including the Vision Art Prize at Visionaria (Italy), Third Prize at the International Festival of Video Art (Argentina), Best Video at the Avanca Film Festival (Portugal), and honorable mentions at Videoformes (France) and the Japan Media Arts Festival. Nine of his videos are distributed by Videographe.

Jim Riley is a Burlington, ON, based artist and independent curator. His art practice is a blend of documentary evidence, personal ideology, social commentary and artistic investigations. Riley’s present aesthetic investigations explore time and perceptual memory. His recent art practice involves public art and gallery video installations. He has a BA from Brock University. He has exhibited his art in Canada and the US. Some of Riley’s video art is represented by V tape Distributions, Toronto. www.jimriley.ca