Artist Talk With Spring Hurlbut

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Join acclaimed Canadian artist Spring Hurlbut for a talk on her video installation, Airborne, on Wednesday, March 2 at 6 pm at the Ryerson Image Centre.

On view at the RIC until April 10, Airborne (2008) is a meditative reflection on mortality and the physical presence of death. A continuation of two photographic series, Deuil (2005–2008)—French for mourning—Airborne documents the artist’s release of cremated remains, entrusted by relatives of the deceased.

Captured in slow motion, Hurlbut opens the urns of six individuals, including her own beloved father James. On release from their containers, the ashes gracefully ascend and dissipate into the air, creating a delicate smoke. The display of the ashes on a bare black backdrop evokes an otherworldly, spiritual atmosphere. The piece explores loss, the process of mourning, the essence of being, and the relationship between the animate and inanimate. Airborne brings to life what remains of existence after death, as a way to—in Hurlbut’s words—“contemplate the human condition,” while offering a mesmerizing immersion in a poignant ritual.
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By: Ryerson Image Centre

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