Canfor Gallery – July 23rd to October 3rd, 2021
“The Wilderness of Mirrors” explores a fictional narrative located around Monument 83, a lookout point on the US/Canada Border at the edge of EC Manning Park. Using video, sculpture and drawing, Keith Langergraber forms the story of a fire spotter who, isolated at his post, starts to lose his grasp on reality. When a visitor arrives and declares “I don’t know where my mind ends and the forest begins”, he not only reflects the protagonist’s state of mind but may, one wonders, also be a product of it. Notions of geography, personal utopias and loneliness play out in the exhibition narrative while the setting itself raises greater questions around regional ecologies, border theory and climate change.
Featured Artwork: Keith Langergraber. Holdover Peak, Monument 83, 2019. Film still.