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Michael Snow’s international practice includes work in sculpture, painting, photography, holography, installation, bookworks, video, film and music. In Solar Breath (Northern Caryatids) Snow examines an unassuming yet supernatural event that takes place each summer in his log cabin in coastal maritime Canada. The fixed-camera documentary records a window curtain billowing in the wind, then sucked back against the screen held each time in a different composition of folds. Echoing past work in Snow’s massive oeuvre, including his “foldages” of 1959-1967, Solar Breath focuses on a subject beyond the control of the artist, creating work that is near-art or next-to-art, allowing both chance and choice to co-exist.
Snow has received numerous awards that include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Order of Canada, the first Governor General’s Award for cinema, an honorary doctorate from Université de Paris and the Gershon Iskowitz Prize. Recent solo exhibitions include: La Virreina, Barcelona; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Galerie de l’UQAM, Montréal; Secession, Vienna; and the AGO. His work is in collections around the world: National Gallery of Canada; Musée des Beaux-Arts, Montréal; AGO, Toronto; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Georges-Pompidou, Paris; Ludwig Museum, Cologne & Vienna; Tate Modern, London; and Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona.