Switzer, Sharon

Nearly Present, Astral 1 (Planetary), 2012

digital image

24 x 41 in. (57 x 102 cm)

Switzer, Sharon

Nearly Present, Astral 2 (Humanity), 2012

digital image

22.5 x 40 in. (57 x 102 cm)

Switzer, Sharon

Nearly Present, Astral 3 (Energy), 2012

digital image

22.5 x 41 in. (57 x 102 cm)

Switzer, Sharon

Nearly Present, Bon-bon 1, 2012

digital image

24 x 41 in. (61 x 104 cm)

Switzer, Sharon

Nearly Present, Bon-bon 2, 2012

digital image

24 x 41 in. (61 x 104 cm)

Switzer, Sharon

Nearly Present, Ether-Flow (Music), 2012

animated digital video

Switzer, Sharon

Nearly Present, Ether-Flow (Mesh), 2012

animated digital video

Switzer, Sharon

Nearly Present, Xray-Flow, 2012

animated digital video

Switzer, Sharon

Nearly Present, Over-Flow, 2012

animated digital video

Switzer, Sharon

Nearly Present, Squirt, 2011

digital print

20 x 16 in. (51 x 41 cm)

Switzer, Sharon

Nearly Present, Swish, 2011

digital print

20 x 16 in. (51 x 41 cm)

Switzer, Sharon

Nearly Present, 2012

installation at Corkin Gallery

Switzer, Sharon

Nearly Present, 2012

installation at Corkin Gallery

Switzer, Sharon

Nearly Present, 2012

installation at Corkin Gallery

Switzer, Sharon

Nearly Present, 2012

installation at Corkin Gallery

Switzer, Sharon

Nearly Present, 2012

installation at Corkin Gallery

Sharon Switzer

Nearly Present, 2012

 

In this body of work, Nearly Present imagines an otherworldly beauty. Sharon Switzer experiments with particle systems, using commercial software to create ethereal simulations. The work also touches on the artist's earlier interests in the relationship between photography and the invisible: ghosts, time, things that photography shouldn't be allowed to capture but does.

Nearly Present is the disembodied space of the digital and the virtual that exists unseen around us. Forgoing the ironic humour intrinsic to previous bodies of work, Switzer has created mesmerizing videos that have no need for language. This work hovers just outside of the known world, like ghosts caught in the machine.

 

Using tools of mass media and video, Sharon Switzer examines her interests in the relationship between photography and the invisible: ghosts, time, things that photography shouldn't be allowed to capture but does.

 

Switzer has exhibited her media art in Canada and the U.S. since the early 1990s. Her work was included in the exhibition Oh, You Beautiful Doll at Andrea Meislin Gallery, NYC, 2006, and solo exhibitions of her video work were presented at Corkin Gallery, Toronto: Falling From Grace, 2006 and I Should Be Dreaming Of Butterflies, 2009. Her videos were featured as part of the Canadian Film Center’s Media Lab presentation at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in 2010. In April 2011 Switzer was the Visiting Artist at the Center for Art Tapes in Halifax, NS, and participated in the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival with a large-scale public projection of her video animations. Her work has also been showcased extensively at international art fairs including; Art Basel, VIP online Art Fair 2011 and Armory 2011 and 2012. 

Switzer is the founder and director of the Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF), that takes place each September and which she curates across Canada and around the world. Switzer taught new media and visual art in Ontario universities for eight years, including digital creation and curatorial courses at OCAD University over the past 5 years. She is actively involved in the Toronto arts community, presently serving as Vice President of Gallery TPW’s Board of Directors. Switzer has an MFA from the University of Western Ontario, is a Graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab.