Ian Johnston - The Life and Times of G

August 17 - November 9, 2024
Reid & West Galleries

The Life and Times of G

Ian Johnston

The Life and Times of G is an immersive four-screen video installation that presents a collection of vignettes from the life of a character whose journey is punctuated by a series of epic and mundane undertakings. The protagonist G is embodied by two dancers, who themselves simultaneously represent the right and left hemispheres of the brain and what philosopher Ursula Franklin refers to as holistic and prescriptive technologies. Punctuated by panoramic natural and industrial landscapes, vignettes of the character shift back and forth between a series of holistic and prescriptive technologies which chronicle the trials and tribulations of the protagonist through the course of a lifetime. The dancer’s attire, made from the detritus of consumption, grows in volume and weight as they move through their journey.