My installation at the Roundhouse came down today. Here’s documentation by Scott Massey (Site Photography):
All that was left, 2012
Coloured ink, rice paper, cellulose paste on existing walls
Installation for the Memory Festival, November 13-18, 2012
Roundhouse Community Arts + Recreation Centre
My Memory Festival project, All that was left, uses text extracted from the other festival projects, but only uses those parts of the text that don’t convey specific meaning. Something has been said or is about to be said, but the message is lost.
The installation is up and available for viewing at the Roundhouse Community Centre until Sunday, Nov 18. The opening celebration takes place this evening (Nov 14) beginning at 5:30 pm.
Here’s what the stacks of text looked like before I started the installation on Monday:
After numerous tests and false starts I’ve decided to use coloured ink to draw the text for my upcoming Memory Festival installation at the Roundhouse. As usual, I muddy the ink to create tertiary colours; I’m more comfortable with indeterminacy.
The text fragments, taken for the other Memory Festival projects, will be torn out of the larger sheets of rice paper, and pasted to the walls of the exhibition space at the Roundhouse. I don’t intend the text to produce specific meanings––they are almost meaningful, almost meaningless.
I’m developing a series of drawings for a new installation that will be part of The Memory Festival at the Roundhouse Community Centre in November. I drew words in many of my earlier installations, but not very often in recent years.
The work that’s most influenced this recent investigation is the text drawing I included in Lorna Brown’s Time Library as part of our SLOW exhibition at Centre A in 2010. That drawing was done with ink on rice paper, this time I’m using watercolour graphite. The drawings will be torn into narrow strips and pasted to the walls of the exhibition space at the Roundhouse. The fragments of text I use will be extracted from all of the other projects that are part of this year’s Memory Festival.
I just installed four drawings on the walls in the Faculty Show at Emily Carr University. Four colleagues agreed to let me add a drawing of a face in the vicinity of the work they were exhibiting. They also supplied photos of the faces I used as references for these drawings. The show opens this Thursday (Sept 13) from 5:30 – 7:30 pm and runs until Sept 22.
Here’s one of my drawings beside a photo by Nancy Bleck: