Waterloo Exit, 1999
A 60-foot long photographic print depicting a
180-degree expanse of sky. At the base
of each end of the image appears a large truck hurtling down a multi-lane highway. The
panorama recreates the desire for a unifying field of representative vision---a
gaze that seeks to reconstruct a setting.
Here, a limit is acknowledged: the view is turned on its side and we see
15.6 metres of sky and only a few centimetres of recognizable land while two
trucks pass by. The immensity of what purports to be represented is undermined
by the “tinyness” of the trucks. We
shift our assessment of scale from that of the image to that of the gallery’s architecture
and back again in an effort to regain our understanding of the
illusory--Intimate immensity above a protracted moment of global commerce.