Liz Knox, Infinite Scroll, 2022
Video, 21 minutes
Camera: Karen Zalamea
July 5 - October 31, 2022
Infinite Scroll is a one-shot endurance video of the artist filling the screen by writing out questions about artists sourced from the online question-and-answer platform Quora.
The Urban Screen, located on the north-east wall of the Wilson Arts Plaza, is an initiative of the City of Vancouver’s Public Art Program in conjunction with the @libbyleshgoldgallery at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. To date, the program has included the work of Barry Doupé, Dana Claxton, Marina Roy, Cole Pauls, Diyan Achjadi, Laiwan, and Kandis Williams. The screen operates daily from 8am-9pm.
The Libby Leshgold Gallery respectfully acknowledges that we are located on the unceded, traditional and ancestral xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territories.
For 𝘐𝘯𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘚𝘤𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘭, Liz Knox performs in a one-shot endurance video reminiscent of 1970s Conceptual Art videos (subtly nodding especially at John Baldessari’s 𝘐 𝘞𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘕𝘰𝘵 𝘔𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘈𝘯𝘺 𝘔𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘉𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘈𝘳𝘵, 1971). As time passes, questions about artists begin to fill the screen. The nature of the questions shifts and mutates. Some seem to have been penned by aspiring artists, others by laypeople curious about sales or artistic temperaments. A portion of the queries are ambiguously about artists, while others are about a specific subset (writers, tattoo artists, musicians). Perspective continually shifts as the screen slowly populates with text. Questions were collected from Quora, a crowd-sourced question-and-answer platform. The artist selected the questions based on their popularity on the website or for how common they were. 𝘐𝘯𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘚𝘤𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘭 highlights the ubiquitous and often humorous ways we go about trying to understand ourselves and others.