• Barbara Steinman

    Powerhouse Gallery

    Video installation has always seemed problematic; the monitor screen is a given, a reference point within an otherwise sculptural object. In Barbara Steinman’s Montreal installation, the real-life connotations of video are treated literally, thereby avoiding the usual uneasy conjunctures caused by narrative flow set inside a static framework. Chambres à Louer (“Rooms for Rent”) consists of two monitors set in real window frames; the frames are placed in an angled wall in such a way that only one monitor can be seen at a time (when viewed from draped chairs placed in the room). The windows have

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