Image: Jack Jeffrey Studio, Vancouver 2018
August 31 – October 13, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, August 31st, 2018, 6-8pm
The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art is pleased to present an international group exhibition
featuring artists Dora Economou (Athens); Jack Jeffrey (Vancouver); Natalia Calderón (Xalapa); Roberto
Comini and Valérie Bourdel (Marseilles); and Gary Pearson (Kelowna). The exhibition, guest curated by
Gary Pearson, is centered on the relationship between language (text) and materials (matter), in support
of each artist’s aesthetic, conceptual, research and production affiliations, with direct and indirect
deployment of textual language and materials.
Practice and theory, writing and materials, audience and artist discourse, are central to this exhibition.
The language of contemporary art, how it is written and read, is multilingual and only apprehended and
fully understood in translation. The collapse of discipline boundaries, and the questioning of language
and material specificity in contemporary art over the past few decades have been lauded by some and
derided by others. Yet others still, either overlook, or opt to defer a reading of specific individual
languages and materials, that may be germane to the complex of an art work.
The exhibition Written Matter will foreword and further the argument that one reads art from an
outward appearance, its external material and sensorial identity inward, and beyond, to expose other
languages, other meanings, often more remote and complex. The thesis of this exhibition argues that a
close reading of the “writing” of the artwork is essential to unravel its many meanings and qualities.
Many of the artists will be in attendance at the opening reception, Friday, August 31, 2018.
The Alternator would like to acknowledge the support of the following funder: