Pierre Huyghe: A Way in Untilled
Tuesday June 14, 2016
Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario
Free tickets available online
A Toronto premiere
We are proud to show two of Pierre Huyghe’s films in conjunction with the presentation of his sculpture Untilled (Liegender Frauenakt) during the Luminato Festival. Untilled will be on view for the first time since its acquisition by the AGO from June 10 to 26 at the Hearn Generating Station.
A Way in Untilled, 2012; digital, 14 min.
During the Documenta 13 exhibition, Huyghe created Untilled (2012), a secluded site in a former compost of the city’s main park. Inanimate elements, artifacts (including remnants of work by artists like Joseph Beuys and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster) and living organisms, plants, animals, and bacteria are present, indifferent to the presence of visitors. As elements emerge, pollinate, grow, or collapse, Untilled transforms itself.
Untitled (Human Mask), 2014; digital; 19 min.
Wearing the mask of a young woman, a monkey is trained to work as a waitress in a restaurant near Fukushima, Japan. Waiting alone amid the dystopian setting, she is trapped within her role, forced to enact the human condition.