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one man’s junk, 2013-2016
Presented by Zalucky Contemporary (Booth C12)
one man’s junk is a series of hand-carved limestone sculptures modelled after computer monitors the artist found abandoned in front yards and alleyways throughout Toronto. The series was first sparked by a chance encounter with a computer left abandoned beneath a railroad underpass in the city’s west end. Since then, the artist has salvaged numerous electronics from the streets of Toronto to perform a reversal of fortune: monumentalizing in stone what was once tossed to the curbside.
‘Stripped of their proprietary logos and other identifying marks, Moore’s bantam monoliths are disorientingly generic yet tantalizingly familiar. The objects’ chiseled surfaces communicate the tactile functionality of their computational referents, even as their elevated presentation—on a custom-built wooden pallet—tacitly forbids the pleasures of contact. Though emphatically stationary, one man’s junk summons viewers to join the artist in cognitively mapping the ubiquitous ‘grid’ of our digital and urban environments.’
— Adam Lauder
The series has been presented in 11 separate exhibitions in Canada and abroad, most notably in Sculpture by the Sea in Aarhus, Denmark (2015), Material World at the Indianapolis Art Centre, Indiana (2015) and Possible Futures, Windsor- ssex Triennial of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Windsor (2014).
Laura Moore (b.1979) is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice is rooted in sculpture. Moore received an MFA from York University and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Recent exhibitions include Memory Bathing at Latcham Art Centre (2019), Replika/Replica at Babel Visningsrom For Kunst, Norway (2017) and one man's junk at the MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie (2016). The artist is a transient member of Studio Pescarella in Pietrasanta, Italy, and attended the International Artist in Residence at Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder, Trondheim (Norway) in 2017. Her work has been acquired by the Royal Bank of Canada, the Bank of Montreal, TD Bank, Fanshawe College, the Art Gallery of Hamilton and is included in numerous private collections. She is represented by Zalucky Contemporary.