Too Early For Stars ≪ ≫
Reflective vinyl lettering installed on the wall of the University of Toronto Art Centre and on one of several Subarus involved in Vehicle
Curatorial project by the WayUpWayDown Collective for Nuit Blanche 2008, Toronto
Documenation at UTAC, wall 8’ x 35’, illuminated by ambient light from video projections
The text in Too Early for Stars is taken from Virginia Woolf’s essay “Evening Over Sussex: Reflections in a Motor Car” (1927)
Despite Virginia Woolf’s keen interest in cars and several lessons from Vita Sackville-West, she never succeeded in learning how to drive. Disappointed, she wrote in her diary, “But I would rather have a gift for motoring than anything else”. Nonetheless, she remained a car enthusiast, writing about this emblem of modernity in the essay “Modern Fiction”, as well as several of her novels, most notably Orlando.
In my selection of text taken from Woolf’s essay, I have focused on the references to natural and artificial light, as visible in this transitional time from daylight to starlight. Ostensibly about a drive in the country, the essay is a meditation on the passing of time and mortality. Whether viewers experience the work in the gallery or outside (displayed on the car), it is necessary to move and position themselves in order to read the textual fragments.
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