Gravity wins, Entropy rules 2024
Holographic hybrids by al Razutis
Accompanying publication with contributions by Sidney Gordon and Catharine MacTavish

Opening Event 7pm, March 2 – May 4

Featuring holographic assemblages made by Al Razutis in the 1970s and 80s, Gravity wins, Entropy rules presents a rare and critical opportunity for the public to encounter holographic art. Born in 1946, Al Razutis is an artist and educator who has spent fifty years dedicated to innovations in media such as early experimental film, broadcasting, holography and virtual reality. Between 1972 and 1977 Razutis leased a two-building site underneath the Granville St. Bridge where he established the first holographic art studio in Canada. Combining various found materials such as furniture, newspaper clippings, children’s toys and stray electrical bits together with dichromate and silver gelatin holograms, the little-known assemblages on display are peculiar and exciting works which blur the binary between the physical space of objects and the virtual space of images. The combination of passé second-hand objects against the strange futurism of the images reflects the tension inherent to the history of holography: a strikingly innovative, nearly magical, medium which despite its promise as the future of imaging, is today relegated to obscurity.

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