Michael Snow (1994-03-23)

Michael Snow
Practice: Film, Installation, Photography, Sound, Video
Date of Lecture: 1994-03-23

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Michael Snow is a painter, musician, sculptor, film-maker and photographer. He studied at the Ontario College of Art (1948-52) and in 1955, while at Graphic Films, he made his first film, an animated work called A to Z.

Snow’s career from 1961 to 1967 displays a distinct affiliation with Pop Art tendencies. It was at this time that he created the Walking Woman series, where the motif of a walking woman was transposed into various media, such stainless steel sculpture (Expo Walking Woman, 1967) and occasionally making an appearance in his films (New York Ear and Eye Control, 1964).

After moving to New York in 1964, he created the influential film, Wavelength (1966-7), which formed a pivotal moment in avant-garde film-making. Dominated by a 45-minute forward zoom in a single space, this work took one of the fundamental constructs of the medium as its central theme.

Snow returned to Toronto in 1972, creating photographic and filmic works that display a sustained interest in process and the underlying structures of visual representation. In 1994, Snow was the subject of the Toronto wide retrospective, The Michael Snow Project, with simultaneous exhibitions at both the Power Plant and the Art Gallery of Ontario. His most recent video work, Corpus Callosum (2002), features morphological explorations aided by computer-generated effects and testifies to Snow’s ongoing commitment to challenging and provocative contemporary art practices.

Michael Snow also lectured on January 31, 1986.