MIKE HOOLBOOM: THE INVISIBLE MAN Rating: NNNN
For years, Mike Hoolboom's spectral film and video work has stood on the threshold of contemporary art. Now it's tripped right into the gallery. The Invisible Man marks the first time the director of experimental classics like Frank's Cock and White Museum has submitted to a solo exhibition inside the art world's square box of significance.
Curated by Philip Monk, who previously seduced Guy Maddin into the Power Plant, the show at York University reveals a powerful new context for Hoolboom's work. Installed large-screen in one darkened room, Imitations Of Life immerses transient viewers in 10 capsule reflections on moving images and the shadows they represent.
In the chamber next door, three video monitors offer stray echoes of the unfolding picture mystery on the big screen.
Hoolboom's recent work opens up in the gallery, where meaning projects in all directions. (Art Gallery of York University, January 3 to 30)