Chris Burden, Raven Chacon, Hanne Darboven, Dan Graham, Christina Mackie, Liz Magor, Ian Wallace
Unexplained Parade, Part Two
February 9–May 11, 2019

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—Hanne Darboven, 1971

Language as material is opaque. In this sense, words become sequences of letters rather than meanings, syntax becomes a condition of iconographic density, the “nearness of points” in the topological sense, rather than a chain of meanings which complete a thought. Reading opaque language involves a direct perceptual recognition of the body, the physicality, the format of the iconography. Conventional language is transparent. The reader does not see the iconography of transparent language, there is no delay between the recognition of the word and the chain of meanings and associations it brings. Meanings which do not involve a delay are meanings which are taken for granted. Opacity, involving delay, brings both instability and openness to the meaning.

—Ian Wallace, 1969

I migrated from the word to the visible, from the idea to the thing. … From one point of view, making art is a way of testing the positions one might take relative to the world, and the people and things found in the world. The materials, the images, the operations, the forms of address, they all come from an inventory of possibilities and I’m conscious of my choices. By now I have an enhanced ability to make things, but a diminished need for those things to speak symbolically or profoundly.

—Liz Magor, 2017


Unexplained Parade is the inaugural exhibition of Catriona Jeffries at 950 East Cordova in Vancouver, Canada. As the exhibition progresses, the work of more than forty-two artists will appear and disappear, scheduled and unscheduled, at numerous locations. We invite you to consider these works and each new arrangement as we share how the exhibition progresses.

Links to full documentation of Part One, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, and Part Six. Back to overview.