This photograph shows two white-painted walls of an empty room. Projected squares of light forming two grids illuminate the lower part of one wall.

Ian Carr-Harris

(b. Victoria 1941)


231 Queens Quay West (detail)



700 x 700 x 300 cm

Courtesy of the artist and Susan Hobbs Gallery

© Ian Carr-Harris. Photo: Cheryl O’Brien

231 Queens Quay West is a site-specific installation produced by projecting squares of light onto the walls of The Power Plant gallery, in Toronto. The title is the gallery’s address. A custom-made projector reproduced the natural effect of sunlight streaming through the windows of the building’s west wall. The projection lasted 30 minutes, with two grids of light starting at floor level and slowly rising to end near the ceiling. The grids were the exact size of the gallery windows, which were masked during the exhibition. 231 Queens Quay West is one of many light-based works created by Ian Carr-Harris.

The Toronto-based artist Ian Carr-Harris uses installation, sculpture and photography to explore the notions of perception and lived experience. In particular, he probes ordering systems, such as those of nature. Many of his works involve reconstitution, or re-enactment, built on repetition. Carr-Harris has represented Canada several times in major international exhibitions, including the 1984 Venice Biennale, the 1987 Documenta and the 1990 Sydney Biennale. In 2007 he was honoured with the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.