The latest body of work by Ottawa artist Eric Sze-Lang Chan is reminiscent of the action painting of the 1960s, as these paintings are a performance based on the relationship between computer algorithms and the movement of the paint on canvas. Chan takes real-time data from Google's weather feed to put into a computer program that translates this meteorological data into audio and visual formats. The weather conditions are colour coded and set to an ambient sound, resulting in an installation of canvases that can be taken as aesthetically exciting weather maps set to a soothing, yet ever-changing soundtrack. On a simpler level, the colour and movement are gorgeous: the forecast never looked so good.
Intersections runs through August 1, 2010 at The Ottawa Art Gallery in Ottawa.
Photos: Kay Sakiyama