by Evan Arbic
Gallery 310. November 18th – 23rd, 2019
BACKWARDs CIRCLE is a multimedia installation made primarily of kinetic electrical ready-made/found objects. Many of the sculptures are connected to an electrical power source that enable their means of movement. The objects that move do so in cyclical or circular patterns. The objects are confined to limited and repetitive movements resulting in the objects’ natural decay, disappearance, or transformation over time. Over the course of a single day this change of state can be witnessed. There are other kinetic objects in the gallery that take an entire week to completely transform. Through conceptual and visual means BACKWARDs CIRCLE uses the continual flow of electricity to activate self-destructive performances where the decay of material and meaning coincide.
Evan Arbic (b. 1998) is a Toronto-based artist whose conceptually grounded and visually layered installations are eclectic, embracing a dialogue between multiple subject matters and mediums. Using readymade or found objects as a central material in creating performances, sculptures, and photographs, Arbic observes the familiar to be teeming with humour, insight and poetic potential when function, spatial arrangement or context are altered. He is known for his durational performance The Bible Piece in which Arbic read aloud the King James Bible cover to cover continuously. This performance, which took 86 hours to complete, was live-streamed. Arbic is currently in the final year of his BFA in the Image Arts Integrated Digital program at Ryerson University.