Toronto

Roland Brener

Olga Korper Gallery

Plastic funnels and tubing, small radio speakers, steel armatures, and simple electronics are all incorporated in Roland Brener’s sculptures. In the two large works that are the focus of this exhibition, Brener uses rudimentary “basement workbench” technology to perform simple tasks that mimic human endeavors. A few tears falling from the eyes of a robot or a nearly subliminal computer-generated sound program suggesting the sounds of a forest incite reflections on human experience, rather than simply a meditation on the effects of technology.

Brener’s relationship with technology is that of the amateur who finds what he needs in hobby shops and hardware stores, and his works frequently evince use of a fast-paced, often caustic sense of humor. Mobile with Low-Flying Stereotypes, 1991, consists of an enormous superstructure hung with small painted plaster human figurines that rotate through

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