Muzzin William Clark

The Great Dark Wonder (2019)

Burlington Public Art, Cobalt Connects

Using cellphones, visitors to Burloak Waterfront Park can listen in on a dialogue between two fictional ornithologists who are eternally confined to the research station by unknown forces. Muzzin’s installation explores ideas of the “Natural” through the lens of ecocriticism. The installation focuses on the representation of physical environments and the ways in which these environments are depicted and, in turn, consumed by mass culture.

- Burlington Public Art

Thanks to Foris Signs Inc. 

Sentinel (2019)

Of Surroundings

Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB

Curated by Kristy Trinier and Kylie Fineday


Inkjet on Aluminum Composite Material, 11" x 17"

24 of 50

Sentinel is an ongoing series of light sources that struggle to compete with the surrounding darkness of the Alberta prairie. On my night walks, I began to view these lights as sentry patrol, echoing Northrop Frye’s theme of “garrison mentality,” a trend in Canadian Literature when characters build metaphorical walls against the outside world. This mentality derives from the part of the settler imagination that feels threatened by the vast emptiness of the Canadian landscape. Within city limits, the street lights are like nodes in a vector, slowly expanding the city’s boundary of visibility with every new development. As a cultural prosthetic, the electricity artificially extends our vision well beyond “natural” diurnal hours, subjecting some locations to perpetual brightness. Individually, the scenes may appear banal, but collectively they become highly theatrical and incidentally organized with implied drama.

Chorus (2018)


HD Video, 30'00", four channel surround sound audio

Chorus developed out of research on the Pincher Creek wind farms in Southern Alberta. The incentive for renewable power has fostered an ongoing debate about turbine efficiency, structural longevity, energy storage, and wildlife safety. This video expands on normative scales of human time and considers alternative scales – from animal time, to geologic time.

The video is composed of thirty stationary shots of turbines slowed to one frame per second. The audio track is a recording of an amplified kitchen clock


lumber, paint, vinyl

inkjet print mounted on Plak-It, 22" x 30"

From the enigmatic final line of Rilke's sonnet "Archaic Torso of Apollo" (published 1918). Around this time, Rilke was working as an assistant to the sculptor Auguste Rodin. To help Rilke strengthen his writing, Rodin assigned him to go to the Louvre, pick a work, and write about it. The result turned out to be one of Rilke's most memorable poems. 

This sign was constructed in Lake of Bays township, Ontario, taken to the end of a dead-end road, and left for one week. 


Thanks to Foris Signs Inc.  

William Clark's Alleged Signature (2018)

inkjet print, wooden frame, glass, lock

20" x 22"

In 1806, William Clark, of the Lewis & Clark expedition named Corps of Discovery, allegedly scrawled his signature into a large sandstone rock on the south bank of the Missouri River in central Montana. This large rock would later be designated by the United States Government as Pompey's Pillar National Monument. Secured behind glass in a steel lockbox, the alleged signature is actively monitored by five security cameras. 

Montana Suite pt. II (2017)

ephemera, lamp, alarm clock, wall-mounted side table 

In 2016, the American poet Jim Harrison passed away in front of his writing desk at his winter home in Patagonia, Arizona. For decades, he had spent summers writing collections of fiction, poetry, and essays in a studio just south of Livingston, Montana. I drove down to Livingston and spent five days roaming through the writer's favourite countryside. This side table mounted to the wall contains all of the ephemera I collected over those five days. It's the second of four parts that comprise Montana Suite. 

Stuffed Ticks (2018)

scraps of fabric, stuffing

One of the great Global Warming success stories in North America is the proliferation and migration of ticks. As ticks are introduced to new parts of Canada, they will enter into regional ecological conversations because of the potential health risks they bring to humans and wildlife. 

Stuffed Ticks are a propositional tool used to condition children to recognize these unsettling parasites at an early age. They were designed to represent Deer Ticks, known carriers of Lyme Disease-causing bacteria. 

Thanks to Grace Wirzba

Muzzin Private Property

Private Property (2017)

vinyl on dibond

10" x 14", 8 variations, edition of 4 each

The private property signs are a response to the scarcity of public shoreline on waterways in Southern Ontario. This observation was made during a canoe trip from Algonquin Park to the Greater Toronto Area when hours of paddling would go by before a spot to rest or camp could be found. 

Existing signs have been parodied with nonsense text as a puerile (and futile) gesture against the sign's own authority as it serves to delineate public and private space. 

Thanks to Foris Signs Inc.