The missing sex scenes show up in an accompanying set of text works. Transcribed by Romano with a neutral point of view, these scripts reduce the unbridled lust the artist purposefully omitted from his film remake to a passionless, clinical record of desire. It’s a wry reversal of the expected that makes a fine point on Romano’s notion that true romance can be found in the most unlikely places. (262 rue Fairmount O, Montreal QC)This question of basic human relations is exactly what Toronto artist Tony Romano has in mind for his installation The Last Act. Working from a found porn video of the same title, Romano re-shot the film scene-for-scene, excluding the explicit bits, with a cast made up of local friends and associates. Isolating and personalizing the story line in this way, Romano creates a conceptual fantasy, re-framing the film’s suggestive sub-narratives as an unintentional study of character dynamics that never strays too far from hints of playfully charged anticipation. His cast of non-actor friends adds a further layer of real-life dynamics—and authenticity—to the project.