Two Toed Lassitude Colin Miner
Bringing together disparate works and converging lines of inquiry, Two toed lassitude presents a composition, an ever-changing assemblage, growing and evolving through associations, assonances and absence. Much like the ways tiny polyps form coral or trees become a forest, the works shift and expand through proximity to one another, building density of meaning where the political becomes visible through the absent, cyclical and askew. This is the way Miner works: cropping out parts of older pieces and reconfiguring them in new contexts, returning to an idea from a different point of view, inverting scale and colour, making movement imperceptibly slow, transforming objects that were once slack to be rigid, and allowing stiffness to slump. The work becomes scaffolding to expansive ideas that layer materials and metaphors as a way to point to something overlooked or forgotten. Created over a series of residencies – Banff, Peru and the Bruce Peninsula – Miner’s work weaves an unfolding understanding of the natural world with one that is temporarily arrested through imagery, allowing for slowed and lassitudinous way of looking.
About the Artist
Colin Miner (Halifax, Canada) is an artist working with assemblage, composition, and duration to develop conversations with the ontological anxieties that shadow the photographic. He is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies, most recently in the Peruvian Amazonia, and has presented exhibitions in Canada, China, Germany, and the Philippines. Miner’s practice includes writing, facilitating exhibitions, and the artist project Moiré (moire.ca).
About the Curator
Leila Timmins is a writer and curator based in Toronto. She is currently the Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs at Gallery 44 and is a founding member of the EMILIA-AMALIA feminist working group.
Documentation by Colin Miner