|The forefathers of our country?|
Without giving too much away, this multimedia exhibit stems from a set of anthologies titled “Men of Canada” dating from the late 1800’s which was not unlike a giant yearbook for distinguished men of the Dominion.
|Does not highlight how thick these books were.|
Pairing carefully extracted photographs and one-line bios taken out of context (one of my favourite things to do) with an original score, it’s an entertaining look at the upper society men of our great country a century and a half ago. It’s okay to laugh.
|Who doesn't love logic like that?|
The whole piece is only 12 minutes long and runs on repeat cycling through five categories. I found myself sitting through multiple times out of fascination, and partly because I don't know why I was so amused by the poor guy who became distinguished by losing everything in a fire.
|I know, I'm a terrible person.|
The books themselves were also on display and the covers were simply gorgeous.
|Design principles in the 1800's.|
There's also method to the madness of how the categories were organized. It becomes pretty clear early on if you like to judge people like I do, otherwise you might need a second viewing.
|The face of justice.|
“Men of Canada” will be playing continuously for the next three Saturdays at the 26 art space at
26 Mackenzie Crescent (a block or so from the Monkey's Paw) from 2-6pm. If you like old-timey photos and quirky facial hair, go check it out.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/204347543108232/