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monitor #8, 2014

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Indiana limestone

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  • This work is hand-carved in Indiana limestone representing a 1:1 scale replica of an actual computer monitor the artist found discarded and abandoned on the streets of Toronto. For beholders of a certain generation, Moore’s memorials to a bygone era of personal computing may trigger involuntary memories of ergonomic intimacy with outmoded media. For others, the minimalist but retrospectively ponderous morphology commemorated by the artist may retrieve a Modernist imaginary of angular and monochromatic archetypes. The series was first sparked by a chance encounter with a computer monitor left abandoned beneath a railroad underpass in the city’s west end. Since then, the artist has salvaged numerous electronics from the streets of Toronto to perform a reversal of fortune: monumentalizing in stone what was once tossed to the curbside. As we enter the age of the Anthropocene, a time in which humans are leaving a permanent mark on the earth, Moore’s practice of carving vestiges of obsolete technology in the enduring medium of stone suddenly seems altogether fitting.

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