Robert Arndt, "Viewing Room," 2000, lightjet print, 28" x 37".
By Shannon Heth
Vancouver artist Robert Arndt has been commissioned by the Vancouver Art Gallery to create a new work for the gallery’s NEXT project space. The NEXT space was designed to showcase emerging artists from the Pacific Rim, while encouraging new art and ideas in a variety of media. Arndt’s installation consists of a projected film and accompanying photographic documents. The project represents lines from Elia Kazan’s film On the Waterfront that reflect a moment between regret and realization. Represented in Vancouver by the Tracey Lawrence Gallery, Arndt’s past exhibitions have dealt primarily with how audiences access historical and contemporary works through the mediated forms of books and magazines: works which may only ever be encountered through their documentation. Also interested in the cinematic presence of the narrative, much of Arndt’s recent work has been presented in diptych and triptych format, highlighting the sequential language of cinema. Arndt’s installation runs at the Vancouver Art Gallery February 14 to May 30, 2004.