Searching and Finding the Videos of Louise Noguchi
Part of the Other Places Book Launch Series
Louise Noguchi in person
Thursday November 21, 6:30pm
Jackman Hall, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON
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Louise Noguchi, Searchers (2016). Video, 12:52 minutes.
With a practice ranging across video, photography, sculpture, and installation Louise Noguchi has created an expansive body of work. Most often presented in the gallery, Louise’s videos pose challenges to cinematic genres and dominant historical narratives. Ranging from reflective contemplation to sharp humor her video works connect the personal to the social and political.
Crack, 2000, hi‑8, 3:28 minutes
In the video Crack, Louise Noguchi performs as an assistant in a wild-west act, holding up flowers that eventually will be cut off in mid-air. Each flower in the video is held up with determination and apparent mastery over the situation, evoking notions of death and continuance each time they explode.
Rope Tricks,1998, s‑video, 6:24 minutes
This work documents Noguchi’s performance of trying to lasso objects with a lariat.
Marker, 2010, hd, 28 minutes
Louise Noguchi travels to the shrines of martyred “heroes” from North America and Japan. At her ancestral countries’ landmarks, she discovers meditative spaces with mounting levels of violence in their histories.
Searchers, 2016, hd, 12:52 minutes
Subverting tropes of the western genre for a new take on the immigrant experience and colonization, this short film follows tumbleweeds through the tundra of a Canadian suburb as they interact with a foreign landscape and strange locals.
Louise Noguchi is a visual artist based in Toronto. Her artwork has been exhibited in Canada and internationally, including exhibitions at The Power Plant, Toronto, The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, The Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Centre A, Vancouver, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Prince Takamado Gallery, Embassy of Canada, Tokyo, and the Deutsches Museum, Munich. Noguchi is an artist and a Professor in the Art and Art History Program at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College. Her work is represented by Birch Contemporary in Toronto.