FRIDAY 14 JUNE 2013, 8:00PM-10:00PM

9-10-0 is a 3-channel projection combining a synchronized program of drawn animation and sound. The program is projected onto three hand-built curved screens from projectors placed on a raised stack of shelves. The screens, positioned at 120-degree intervals, form a precise ring around the projector stand, which sits at the axial center of the ring. Closing the gaps between each screen is a set of three speakers on stands. This specific audiovisual equipment arrangement creates a semi-closed cylindrical space that forms a boundary for the viewer to the inside limiting the viewer to a more peripheral experience of the animation. The equipment is positioned, in one sense, to create and receive the experience forming a kind of closed loop since the optimal viewing position in terms of the more common central axis of viewer and screen is occupied by the projector stand and not by the viewer.

The independent machine-like nature of this audiovisual setup reinforces the simple movement of spin that forms a central motif of the animation. Spin, in particular, revolution, has the unique characteristic of transforming one movement into another and in the case of many machines in the industrial and domestic sphere, one form into another. The animation composed of simple lines of varying weights moving in both a clockwise and counterclockwise direction from one screen to another originates from a redemptive moment in the fable The Three Maidens where three maidens, each with their own unique specialization, work together as a unit to spin flax into thread in order to save the main character from a potentially unfortunate end. The animation focuses and extends this precise moment or task in the narrative so that the property of movement becomes central and total as a property in the animation.

This is Spth and Krger’s first collaborative animation work that combines interests from both their practices.

NESTOR KRGER is a visual artist living in Toronto. He completed his studies at the Ontario College of Art in 1989. He has participated in a number of local and international exhibitions including Emotion Eins at the Frankfurter Kunstverein, Sharjah Biennial 7, Sharjah, UAE, The Greenroom, CCS Bard, NY and has had solo exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery in Ottawa, The Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver and most recently at Katzman Kamen gallery in Toronto. He currently teaches sculpture in the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph. Krger is represented by Katzman Kamen Gallery, Toronto.

Krger would like to thank the Ontario Arts Council.


Technical Assistance: Eric Glavin, Lee Goreas, Carlo Cesta, Tiziana La Melia, Su Rynard, Stephen Murray, Bob Yoshioka, and John Goodwin.

SALLY SPTH is a visual artist living in Toronto. She completed her studies at the Ontario College of Art in 1989. Spth has had solo exhibitions at the Art Gallery of York University, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, goodwater gallery, and most recently at Exercise Gallery in Vancouver. Spth has participated in a number of group exhibitions, including Working Title at Diaz Contemporary and 60 Painters in Etobicoke.

Read TIZIANA LA MELIA‘S Lot, a text published alongside SALLY SPTH & NESTOR KRGER‘S exhibition.

Sally Spth and Nestor Krger: 9-10-0, 2013. Photo credit: Allan Kosmajac