Rober Racine

Spica, 1999-2001

Rober Racine
Dimensions and medium
Paint and vinyl lettering, 1/2, Variable dimensions
Purchase, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program
Artwork description
Conceived in 1999 as a sound project, where a woman’s voice is heard over loudspeakers reading the names of the stars in the Milky Way, Rober Racine’s Spica was also reproduced in visual form in the contemporary art magazine Parachute (1999), and finally as a mural, as part of his solo exhibition at the Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, in 2001. During that period, Racine began a cycle of work based on a lunar theme to mark the 30th anniversary of Man’s first steps on the moon. Fascinated by stars and space since the Apollo II landing in 1969, Racine took his inspiration for Spica from a famous quote by astronaut Michael Collins, who exclaimed “The Stars are everywhere, even below me!” This quote is inscribed in the lower right corner of the mural, surrounded by stars on a blue background reminiscent of the nocturnal sky. In this enchanting installation, Racine invites us to experience the same dizzying sense of wonder that frees the spirit and encourages us to dream.

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