Poll

1999

Metal fence post for installation in public walking path, Approx. 6 ft high

For several months, a metal post is planted in the middle of a well-worn walking path. During this time the path diverts to one side or the other, or splits into two smaller streams that flow around the pole and back together. When the post is removed, the path finds its own place again. Like a primitive poll, the pole is a measure of popular movement.

Solo Exhibitions: Germaine Koh: Open Hours, Fall 2002.
Solo Exhibitions: Kamloops Art Gallery, Germaine Koh: Weather Systems, 2013.
Group Exhibitions: Plug In ICA, Unlearn, Sep-Nov 2006.
Group Exhibitions: L'Écart and off-site, TRAFIC, May-Jun 2005.
Group Exhibitions: Blackwood Gallery, Logo City, May-Oct 2000.
Group Exhibitions: Public Art at Arts Court, Jul-Oct 1999.
Catalogues & Books: Dave Dyment, Germaine Koh: Stall, 2004. Read
Catalogues & Books: Xandra Eden, Bounce / IN THROUGH THE OUT DOOR, 2002. PDF
Catalogues & Books: Laura U Marks, Germaine Koh, 2001. PDF
Catalogues & Books: Public Art at Arts Court, 1999.
Catalogues & Books: Chantal Molleur, Mireille Bourgeois, Jonathan Shaughnessy, Susann Wintsch, (im)mobile, 2014.
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Patrice Loubier, Germaine Koh Works., 2005. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Marc Mayer, Christopher Brayshaw et al, TIME Magazine, Canadian edition, 14 Oct 2002. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Steve Reinke, Germaine Koh: Open Hours, 2002. Read
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Barbara Fischer & Curatorial Practices class, exhibition folder, 2000.
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Michael Scott, Vancouver Sun, 19 Apr 2000.

Germaine Koh, Poll, 1999, metal fence post for installation in public walking path. View of 2002 installation at McMaster University. Photo: Germaine Koh.