2000

Installation with ball-bearings raining from overhead tracks, electrical mechanisms, Variable dimensions

In an apparently-empty space, thousands of small ball-bearings drip gently from overhead tracks, bouncing around and puddling in shifting formations. This constant yet barely visible movement establishes a zone of uncertainty, elusiveness, and slight hazard, and also of play.

The project arose from an invitation to develop new work based on artefacts from the collection of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto. The conceptual origin of ... was a small quantity of pachinko balls in this collection, which were remarkable precisely because they were so innocuous. As unassuming artefacts of a game of chance, they not only were tokens of everyday compulsions, but also had the potential to represent a slipping-away of things. Translating the pachinko balls into the mechanical efficiency of ball-bearings and further re-imagining them as a sort of elemental force, the installation embodies a state of chance and passage by creating a space of slippage, of fluidity, and of forgetting rather than remembering.

First version commissioned by Gendai Gallery, Toronto

Solo Exhibitions: Ottawa Art Gallery, Germaine Koh, Aug-Oct 2006.
Solo Exhibitions: Plug In ICA and Gallery One One One, Germaine Koh: Around/About, Nov 2001-Jan 2002.
Solo Exhibitions: Contemporary Art Gallery, Germaine Koh, May-Jul 2001.
Solo Exhibitions: Kamloops Art Gallery, Germaine Koh: Weather Systems, 2013.
Group Exhibitions: Edmonton Art Gallery (now Art Gallery of Alberta), Sense, Sep-Nov 2004.
Group Exhibitions: Recollection Project, 2000.
Catalogues & Books: Cliff Eyland, Germaine Koh: Around About , 2001. PDF
Catalogues & Books: Laura U Marks, Germaine Koh, 2001. PDF
Catalogues & Books: Bryce Kanbara, Richard Fung, Recollection Project, 2000.
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Allison Collins, Ottawa XPress, 31 Aug 2006.
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Susan Jones, St. Albert Gazette, 2 Oct 2004.
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Marc Mayer, Christopher Brayshaw et al, TIME Magazine, Canadian edition, 14 Oct 2002. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Ron Nurwisah, Rice Paper, 20 Jun 2001. Read
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Joan Richardson, Vie des Arts, Summer 2001. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Robin Laurence, Georgia Straight, 24-31 May 2001. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Robin Laurence, Globe and Mail, 19 May 2001. PDF

Germaine Koh, ..., 2000, installation with ball-bearings raining from overhead tracks, electrical mechanisms. Installation view at Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, 2001-02. Photo: Germaine Koh.