Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky win this year’s Temporary Contemporary award

Temporary Contemporary winners Trevor Mahovsky and Rhonda Weppler.

Temporary Contemporary winners Trevor Mahovsky and Rhonda Weppler.

The Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design is pleased to announce this year’s winning Temporary Contemporary art installation project. Titled “Museum of Broken Watches,” artists Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky will install a unique public clock in the form of a glass-fronted case holding 720 donated analog wristwatches.

Each watch will be stopped at a different time with all possible hour and minute combinations shown. The watches will be collected from the Sheridan community and displayed in individually-lit compartments. The lights are controlled so that only the watch showing the current time is lit.
Co-incidentally, this clock—which will be installed in the entrance lobby of Trafalgar’s D wing—continues a theme so memorably presented in last year’s rooftop installation, “A Clock Set to 24 Hours Into the Future.”
Weppler and Mahovsky say their “Museum of Broken Watches” is meant to evoke the lives of obsolete objects, and suggest the lives of their owners. It functions as a kind of deconstructed public clock, collaged together with donated personal watches.
They are conducting a public watch drive at Sheridan to collect the watches for the installation and hope this will create public awareness and a shared sense of the project. “On an immediate level, the piece speaks to the daily life of students, evoking the class schedule, and the items students typically lose during hectic days on campus: pens, phones, sunglasses, watches.”
Please watch the campus for notices and information about donating an old analog watch to this project, and how to stay connected to the installation through an app the artists are developing.
There will be a public lecture and pizza lunch on September 15, with pizza at noon and the lecture at 12:30 in MacDonald Heaslip theatre.
Some notes about the artists:

Rhonda Weppler (born in Winnipeg) and Trevor Mahovsky (born in Calgary) have worked collaboratively since 2004. Both artists have MFA degrees from the University of British Columbia, where they met in 1996. Rhonda graduated from the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan joint art and art history program in 1996. Exhibitions include the National Gallery of Canada, Flux Night (Atlanta), Alter Space (San Francisco), Vancouver Art Gallery, Dlectricity (Detroit), LABoral (Gijon), Dos de Mayo (Madrid), Power Plant (Toronto), Tokyo Wonder Site, and loop-raum (Berlin). They recently completed a permanent commission for the Main Street Skytrain station, Vancouver. Recipients of the 2014 Glenfiddich Prize, their work is represented in public collections including the Musée d’art Contemporain de Montreal and the National Gallery of Canada.


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