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Glitter Train [Review of Reid Diamond. Tableau Vivant & Phoebe Street Project. Toronto]

Patton, Andy (1999) Glitter Train [Review of Reid Diamond. Tableau Vivant & Phoebe Street Project. Toronto]. Canadian Art, 16 (3). p. 116. ISSN 08253854

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Abstract

At Tableau Vivant, Transformer (1999) is a pun on the linear flow of language. Two stories, almost limericks, appear on a model train that circles the gallery above head height: one is printed on the outside of the train, the other on the inside. In one story, [Reid Diamond] is mistaken for the aging punker Art Bergman; in the other, he's informed that he's not Art Bergman. Each undoes the other, and to parody this, the order of words flowing by is like a palindrome that can be read forwards or backwards. Reading, too, is parodied by being operated by the model train. You don't scan the text; it passes by under its own power. Obviously, the piece is another example of art about art--just the sort of embedded pun on which both shows trade.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: art, art reviews
Divisions: Faculty of Art
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2017 15:17
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2017 08:16
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/1442

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