RED / Plus De Deux

David Frankovich, Caitlin Cronenberg

Cronenberg’s RED features interventions and re-imaginings of eight images selected from the NY Times Canadian Photography Archive. Using digital alterations, salvaged barnwood frames, and remote-controlled lightboxes, Cronenberg has produced a dramatic narrative commenting on how Americans have historically viewed Canadian culture, and how Canadians in turn view themselves. Frankovich’s single-channel video work, Plus De Deux, is accompanied by photographic video stills. Inspired by film director Norman McLaren’s classic Pas De Deux, Frankovich uses digital compression artifacts and datamoshing to create his piece. The image becomes unstable and littered with digital artifacts and traces of previous shots. Bodies become increasingly abstracted, drawing our attention away from the figure as male or female, and towards the gendered landscape through which these bodies move.