Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

John Massey The House That Jack Built

Ottawa, Canada - May 7, 2004


 John Massey La maison que Jack a bâtie 
The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (CMCP) is pleased to present John Massey: The House That Jack Built, on display from 8 May to 6 September 2004. Admission is free.

This exhibition of multiple-print installations by one of Canada’s foremost conceptual artists looks at Massey’s work over the past two decades, during which photography has become an increasingly important element in his art.

The Toronto artist’s work has involved the transformation of material and perception, first through the articulation of scale models of rooms, and more recently through his photographs of architectural interiors. Working with minimal digital effects, he creates interiors that exist in a middle ground between the depicted and the created, touching on the metaphysical narratives that he has taken as his theme.

“Massey embraced the ideology and spirit of change of post-modernism in his use of alternative, technological media and in his exploration of the subjective powers that shape thought,” says Martha Hanna, director of the CMCP and curator of the exhibition.
In the digitally altered photographs that comprise his newest work in the exhibition, Phantoms of the Modern, Massey confounds our view of the ideal modern house that is his subject. By introducing new perspectives and new elements into his depiction of architectural spaces, he reinvests and reconfigures representation in the eyes and mind of the viewer.

John Massey: The House That Jack Built is organized by the CMCP. The CMCP wishes to thank its media sponsors: Ottawa XPress and Voir.

Meet the Artist
The public will have the chance to visit and discuss the exhibition with John Massey on Sunday 9 May at 2 p.m.
Free admission.

Bell Audioguide
A Bell Audioguide — the first ever for the CMCP — is available at the information desk. It features commentary by John Massey himself, among others.

The exhibition catalogue is available at the CMCP Boutique.

Web Site
The CMCP’s Web site has a brand-new look. Visit the redesigned site at http://www.cmcp.gallery.ca/.

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