I is being This

16 Novem­ber – 22 Decem­ber 2012

Catri­ona Jef­fries is pleased to announce a solo exhi­bi­tion of new works in sculp­ture by Liz Magor. Since the mid-1970s, Magor has con­tributed a vast oeu­vre of work across sculp­ture and pho­tog­ra­phy, from her early ‘machines’ that auto­mat­i­cally processed and pro­duced sculp­tural forms to her pho­to­graphic series doc­u­ment­ing his­tor­i­cal reen­act­ment groups in the early 90s, she has sought to dis­solve the con­vic­tions of what is appar­ent in objects and peo­ple, by reveal­ing lay­ers of infor­ma­tion that both con­ceal and gen­er­ate mean­ing. The exhi­bi­tion marks an impor­tant depar­ture for Magor, her mea­sured turn away from the poly­mer­ized gyp­sum sculp­tures of the last decade has lead to her most recent body of work using found woolen blan­kets which she sub­tly altered to bestow each with char­ac­ter­is­tics that reflected their use, or their inher­ent temperaments.

Installed on the walls of the main gallery are a large assem­bly of stan­dard retail boxes for cloth­ing, each with its own dense mate­r­ial iden­tity cre­ated through lay­ers of gar­ments and tex­tiles that have been care­fully cut and stitched to reveal and high­light labels, embell­ish­ments, insignias and brands. The highly indi­vid­ual boxes vie for atten­tion, noisy poly­ester is judged against embroi­dered silk, the uni­ver­sity logo of a nylon jacket is veiled beneath a layer of chif­fon. As every one of the 100 boxes is as dis­tinc­tive as the next, a loud chat­ter is pro­duced as they each indi­cate to them­selves through a frip­pery of cast-offs: lace gloves, elas­tic cuffs and woolen sleeves all mim­ing figuration.

Together with the boxes, Magor has mar­shalled together a large col­lec­tion of sticks and logs found on beaches that have been dressed – through the paint­ing of their sur­faces – with the cos­tume of a cig­a­rette. The col­lected sticks all have the approx­i­mate cylin­dri­cal form and pro­por­tion of a cig­a­rette, if not the exact scale. They all stand about pre­tend­ing, but not entirely pass­ing as shy rep­re­sen­ta­tions of a com­plex object of dis­par­ity where desire, sati­a­tion and revul­sion rush in.

Liz Magor (b. 1948, Win­nipeg), lives and works in Van­cou­ver. She has a forth­com­ing solo exhi­bi­tion at Tri­an­gle, Mar­seille (2013) and her work will be included in the forth­com­ing 2013 California-Pacific Tri­en­nial curated by Dan Cameron. Prac­tic­ing for over 40 years, Magor has had numer­ous solo exhi­bi­tions includ­ing The Mouth and other stor­age facil­i­ties, Henry Art Gallery, Seat­tle; Simon Fraser Uni­ver­sity Gallery, Van­cou­ver (2008); The Power Plant (2003); Deep Woods, Art Gallery of York Uni­ver­sity, Toronto (2000); stores, Con­tem­po­rary Art Gallery, Van­cou­ver (2000); Mendel Art Gallery, Saska­toon; Win­nipeg Art Gallery; Musée d’art con­tem­po­rain de Mon­tréal (1987); Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (1986); Production/Reproduction, Van­cou­ver Art Gallery (1980); The Art Gallery of Greater Vic­to­ria, BC (1977). A selec­tion of group exhi­bi­tions include Zoo, Musée d’art con­tem­po­rain de Mon­treal (2012); Baja to Van­cou­ver, Seat­tle Art Museum, Seat­tle; Wat­tis Insti­tute, San Fran­cisco; Van­cou­ver Art Gallery; Museum of Con­tem­po­rary Art, San Diego (2003); Elu­sive Par­adise, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2001); Notion of Con­flict: A Selec­tion of Con­tem­po­rary Cana­dian Art, Stedelijk Museum, Ams­ter­dam (1995); More than one Pho­tog­ra­phy, Museum of Mod­ern Art, New York (1992); Places with a Past: Site Spe­cific Art in Charleston, Spo­leto Fes­ti­val, Charleston, South Car­olina (1991); Meet­ing Place: Robert Gober, Liz Magor, Juan Muñoz, Nickle Arts Museum, Cal­gary; Van­cou­ver Art Gallery (1990); Cam­era Lucida, Wal­ter Phillips Gallery, Banff (1989). Magor exhib­ited at Doc­u­menta 8 , Kas­sel, Ger­many (1987); and rep­re­sented Canada at the Venice Bien­nale (1984). Numer­ous mono­graphs have been pub­lished on her work from the late 1970s to the present.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion or press enquires please con­tact Catri­ona Jef­fries or Anne Low at +1 604 736 1554.