Lisa Klapstock: "liminal"
Southern Alberta Art Gallery
"liminal," a mini-survey of works by Klapstock,
including photos from Threshold and Ambiguous
Landscapes, continues to Jan. 16 at the Southern Alberta
The work of the Toronto-based artist Lisa Klapstock is all
about perspective. For instance, in her photo series Threshold
(1998-2002), Klapstock uncovered a macrocosm of beauty in
the often-overlooked spaces and surfaces of the city's fenced-in
back yards and garage-lined laneways. Shot up close through
gaps or knotholes in fences, Klapstock's photos set up a push-and-pull
play with the boundaries of vision as the blurred, abstract
surfaces of the fences give way to focused, near-telescopic
glimpses on to private back yard worlds.
Her latest work, Ambiguous Landscapes, picks up where
Threshold left off. The series consists of large-scale photo
diptychs, one is a tightly-framed empty landscape—granite
stairs, a grassy field, a snowy slope—while the other
shows the same scene, only this time with a figure added for
scale. By installing the pairs separately in the gallery,
Klapstock sets up what she calls a "temporal gap"
between the works. Perspective in the empty landscape is deceptively
limited until its double (with figure) reveals the view's
surprisingly larger and true scale.