14.5 x 11 inch Lightjet print
Digital study produced for a video installation entitled The Infinites (De Quincey’s Confessions) for the 2007 Nuit Blanche exhibition Night School organized by the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto. The installation consisted of a 16-foot-long by 3-foot-high kaleidoscope with a rear-projection video.
The Infinites is an over-sized kaleidoscope that infinitely reproduces images from Western art history's visual archive of the Far East: trade porcelain iconography, chinoiserie motifs, early photo essays, diagrams of Chinese gardens, reverse glass paintings, and illustrations of depots filled with opium. This pictorial stream-of-consciousness is narrated with passages from Thomas de Quincey opium-induced memoirs and approximates the range of visual culture that would have informed de Quincey’s stereotypes and Orientalist fantasies.
Will Kwan is a Hong Kong-born, Toronto-based artist. His work is held in the permanent collections of M+ (Hong Kong), Folkestone Artworks (Kent), and Hart House at the University of Toronto. He has participated in exhibitions at MoMA PS1 (New York), ZKM Center for Art and Media (Karlsruhe), CAC Vilnius (Lithuania), the MAC VAL (Vitry-sur-Seine), the Art Museum at UofT (Toronto), the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Western Front (Vancouver), and in biennials/triennials in Liverpool, Folkestone, Montreal, and Venice.
WILL KWAN, Study #7 for The Infinites (De Quincey’s Confessions), 2007
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