Time Piece Exorcises Millennial Angst

Adrian Göllner- Clock Box
terminal. Gallery Room 121
Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa
Friday and Saturday, December 17th and 18th, 1999
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Opening: 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, December 16th, 1999 at terminal.gallery

Ottawa (December 8, 1999)-Clocks, alarm clocks, lots of them ticking, ticking and ticking away in a blackened space. The installation, Clock Box, is a contemplation on the nature of time at the end of a century and a millennium. It's also an attempt to exorcise millennial angst by artist Adrian Göllner.

The work continues Göllner's exploration of Cold War fears that stemmed from his childhood. "As a child growing up in Germany, I knew of World Wars I and II and thought that World War III was simply a matter of time and that it would be very final. It seemed impossible to me that we would make it to the year 2000, which was so far away. I used to imagine the year 2000 as one big mushroom cloud," says Göllner. He views Clock Box and an earlier piece, Cold War Cards, as way of finally ridding himself of the ghost of his childhood Cold War fears.

The installation consists of Göllner's personal collection over 140 alarm clocks arranged in the unique confines of the terminal. gallery space. The clocks date from the turn of the century to present day and range in style from the basic working man's alarm clocks, to very feminine women's vanity clocks, to cheap, modern versions designed to be thrown away.

"The steady tick, tick, tick of the wind-up alarm clock already belongs to the past, but it was these clocks that set the cadence for this century - get the workers to the factory on time and ensure consumers knew when to tune into their favourite soaps. This installation is very much the clocks' collective swan song. At this rare marker in time, their unique properties offer the viewer many ways to become conscious of time and its passing," says Göllner.

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For more information contact:

Adrian Göllner, Artist (613) 237-0995 (studio), (613) 565-1356 (home)

Art Site: http://www.echelon.ca/agollner/

Chris Healey, Co-curator (613) 234-6335,
email: terminal@artvessel.com,
web: www.artengine.ca/terminal,


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