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   Lyla Rye
Examination
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2003 [installation documentation: 90 sec. with no audio / excerpt: 1 min. 13 sec.]

This work can also be shown as a framed box

(45 x 45 x 20 cm / 18" x 18" x 8") with LCD.

In Examination a nude young girl is shown exploring a strange black object. The image is distorted as if a magnifying lens is superimposed over the video. The central area of the video which is most magnified, is also most distorted and blurred. The black shape slowly reveals itself as a bra, implicating me, the mother, in the image as well as foreshadowing the future expansion and change of her own body. The black form is a negative shape, or virtual hole, which disrupts the image. The scale and colour difference between the child and the bra highlights her smallness and provides a harsh contrast to the paleness of her flesh. Lyla Rye

The piece is also shown on a small LCD mounted within a picture frame like box. A real magnifying lens is mounted into a glass sheet in front of the monitor exaggerating the digital distrortion effects within the video.

This work is distributed by V/Tape, Toronto, Ontario.
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