AFTER ALWAYS BEFORE

John Oswald


John Oswald continues to represent the human figure in situations where movies don’t move and photographs are rarely still. An exhibition of new work at the Edward Day Gallery coincides with Oswald’s installation of trompe l’oeil images in three transit shelters at the intersection of Queen Street West and Shaw Street. The exhibition in the gallery, cosponsored by Images Festival, features photographs, screens and projections and some chronophotics – which are simultaneously photography and video. Oswald’s work is about metamorphosis and his images, captured individually and later brought together digitally, create complex portraiture.

John Oswald is a multi-disciplinary artist, a media/sound artist, composer, performer (saxophone), dancer and photographer. In 2004, he was the recipient of the Governor General’s Award, and for his previous exhibition at Edward Day, the Untitled Art Award for Best Show in a Commercial Gallery. He is well known for his plunderphonics, which involves using samples of existing recordings to create a new work. In recent years, his work premiered at the Boston Symphony Hall and the Museum of Technology in Vienna, and his pieces have been performed by the CBC Orchestra and the National Ballet of Canada.