Art Gallery of York University




Brian Groombridge
Untitled, 1990

Toronto artist Brian Groombridge has developed his own visual language of signs and symbols that he increasingly incorporated into two and three-dimensional wall and floor constructions. Based on 15th century iconography, Groombridge's piece consists of two-dimensional images presented in three-dimensional form of a billboard.

Copper and stainless steel panels create a checkerboard-patterned structure which is surrounded by a latticework of exposed square tubing. Each of the steel plates contains an image of an androgynous figure juggling or playing a musical instrument. The use of copper in the piece refers to its importance within modern systems of communication to relay messages. Marking one entrance to the Centre for Fine Arts, the structure relates to the film, dance and theatre activities of the building, and complements the architecture of the York Common.

This work was commissioned from the artist in 1991.

Canadian, b. 1953
stainless steel, copper, anodized aluminum, plywood
4.16 x 2.74 m

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