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:
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:
Portraits are often imagined to represent the truth or essence of their subject. My drawings of faces represent a desire to know and understand someone else, but also acknowledge of the impossibility of doing so. The materials and methods I use evade strict control—I simultaneously make and unmake these images.
The faces I’m drawing on the walls of the Burnaby Art Gallery with powdered graphite are intentionally faint and indistinct; they blend with the building’s architecture while interacting with a group of framed prints and drawings from the gallery’s collection. The history I represent is makeshift, it emerges from a series of events I can only speculate about, peopled by individuals I’ll never know.