Sightings

1992-98

series of offset postcards , 4 x 6 inches each

Sightings is a series of postcards commercially printed from snapshots found in public places. The caption on the back of each card records with archival precision the date, site and circumstances of the find, describes any identifying marks, and gives the publication date and my address.

The cards relate individual experience to public forms. Traveling the anonymous realm between lost and found, they enigmatically mark the passage of specific people through particular times and spaces. Melding the functions of snapshots and postcards as conventional forms for remembrance, location and commemoration of individual experience, the project recognizes that the imagery and function of both snapshots and postcards are nevertheless public forms located squarely in popular space. Described by their location in communal rather than familial territory, and recognizable primarily as types (special occasions, pets, etc.), the images are treated as archival specimens garnered from this collective domain. 

Solo Exhibitions: Germaine Koh: Open Hours, Fall 2002.
Solo Exhibitions: Plug In ICA and Gallery One One One, Germaine Koh: Around/About, Nov 2001-Jan 2002.
Solo Exhibitions: Notices, Apr-May 1998.
Solo Exhibitions: Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Germaine Koh: Personal, 1997.
Solo Exhibitions: Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Germaine Koh: Knitwork, 1997.
Group Exhibitions: Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, L'envers des apparences, Summer 2005.
Group Exhibitions: Open Space, (self)Publish or Perish: Books, Zines, Comics, Postcards, Pamphlets & Manifestos, Feb-Mar 2004.
Group Exhibitions: PsyGeoConflux, 2003.
Group Exhibitions: Gallery TPW, The Found and the Familiar, Oct-Nov 2002.
Group Exhibitions: Galerie Ledoco and sis boom bah , Small World, 13-18 Aug 2002.
Group Exhibitions: Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center - Vassar College , Making Light: Wit and Humor in Photography, Apr-Jun 2000.
Group Exhibitions: Marcel Sitcoske Gallery, Re: Rauschenberg, May-Jul 1999.
Group Exhibitions: Art Gallery of Ontario, Waste Management, Apr-Jul 1999. PDF
Group Exhibitions: Wiensowski & Harbord, Imitating Christmas, Dec 1998-Jan 1999.
Group Exhibitions: Biennale of Sydney, Every Day: 11th Biennale of Sydney , Sep-Nov 1998.
Group Exhibitions: The Rite of Spring, Apr-Jun 1996.
Group Exhibitions: Scotland Street Museum, Fairytale in the Supermarket, Oct-Nov 1995.
Group Exhibitions: PROOF(2), Jul 1995.
Group Exhibitions: Velvet Fever and Other Kitsch Inclinations, Jun-Jul 1995.
Catalogues & Books: Sophie Hackett, The Found and the Familiar: Snapshots in Contemporary Canadian Art, 2002. Read
Catalogues & Books: Cliff Eyland, Germaine Koh: Around About , 2001. PDF
Catalogues & Books: Christina Ritchie, Waste Management, 1999.
Catalogues & Books: Jens Hoffmann, Imitating Christmas, Dec 1998.
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Wayne Baerwaldt, Germaine Koh: Personal, 1997. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Paul Lukas, New York Press, 26 April-2 May 1995. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Joel Smith, Afterimage, Sep-Oct 2001. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Rosemary Heather with Luis Jacob, Sandy Plotnikoff, Adrian Blackwell, Germaine Koh, Lucy Pullen, Instant Coffee, Les commenseaux : Quand l'art se fait circonstances / When Art Becomes Circumstance , 2001. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Catherine Osborne, Canadian Forum, Mar 2000. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Hal Niedzviecki, We Want Some Too: Underground Desire and the Reinvention of Mass Culture, 2000.
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Dana Samuel, Fuse, 2000. Read
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Keith Wallace, Art Asia Pacific, Oct 1999. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Ihor Holubizky, Canadian Art, Spring 1999. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Jan Allen, Every Day: 11th Biennale of Sydney , 1998. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Hal Niedzviecki, Adbusters, Spring 1998. Read
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Hal Niezviecki, Broken Pencil, Winter 1997 . Read
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Jan Allen, Art/Text, Nov 1997-Jan 1998. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Petra Halkes, C Magazine, Nov 1997-Jan 1998. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Lee Parpart, Kingston Whig-Standard, 12 Jul 1997. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Jan Allen, Germaine Koh: Personal, 1997. PDF
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Stuart Horodner, Surface, Spring 1997.
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Dr. Dale Lee Coovert, Postcard Collector, Jan 1996.
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Judith Hoffberg, Umbrella, Mar 1995.
Reviews, Articles & Essays: R. Seth Friedman, Factsheet Five, 1995.

Germaine Koh, Sightings, 1992, series of offset postcards.