November 9-15, 2012
The latest group show from Phantoms in the Front Yard puts writing and painting on a collision course. Each artist in the collective has pursued at least one writer, to establish together a specific selection of words – a short story, poetry, lyrics … as a point of response for original art work. The result is an exciting new collection reflecting the group’s continuing dedication to realistic and detailed rendering, as pressed through various off-kilter processes of responding deeply to other artists’ written creations.
Sunday November 11 from 7pm
Guest Speaker on the topic of Text and Art
Jeremy Todd / Director
Jeremy Todd discusses his explorations of image/text relationships and his appreciation for the context and works within the exhibition. Many of the abilities ascribed to images and text can seem mutually exclusive – the arrest of time and descriptive language versus the activation of the visual imagination and durational narrative for example – and yet their interaction can also generate a plethora of insights concerning the authority and transparency of both. Image/text interactions are common enough within our everyday lives, let alone contemporary art (consider advertising and online social media). Do these combinations perpetually influence our understanding of things? How and why do they expand beyond the limitations of their parts? What questions are brought to bear upon our senses of self, meaning and value?
Jeremy Todd is an interdisciplinary artist, teacher, writer, curator and musician concerned with the role of artists and intellectuals in society, the formation of cultural memory and technologies of the self. He is a faculty member of the Vancouver Film School Foundation Department, developing curriculum integrating art history, cultural studies and creative process. He was Director/Curator for the Helen Pitt Gallery ARC from 2003-05, and in 2007-08 acted as the interim Director/Curator of the Richmond Art Gallery. Jeremy also organizes grassroots collaborative events in Vancouver as part of his ongoing Not Sent Letters artist project (notsentlettersproject.com) while maintaining a studio practice and performing in the new music group Payday Millionaire.