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Too Many Words
Curated by: Lance Blomgren
236 East Pender Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 1T7
Canada


November 30th, 2007 - January 19th, 2008
Opening: 
November 30th, 2007 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
 
Lord of the Flies, Jason de HaanJason de Haan, Lord of the Flies, sculpture
© Jason de Haan
Too Many Words, Blair Brennan, Jason de Haan, Donna AkreyBlair Brennan, Jason de Haan, Donna Akrey,
Too Many Words, 2007, Installation view
© Helen Pitt Gallery
Titled Products, Donna AkreyDonna Akrey, Titled Products,
2007, Mixed, Variable
© Donna Akrey/Helen Pitt Gallery
Four Bookworks, Michael MarandaMichael Maranda, Four Bookworks,
2004-2007, Book
© Helen Pitt Gallery
1,000 Haikus, Sherwin TjiaSherwin Tjia, 1,000 Haikus, 2005, Bookwork
© Helen Pitt Gallery
Too Many Words, Installation View, Colleen Heslin, Donna AkreyColleen Heslin, Donna Akrey,
Too Many Words, Installation View,
2007, ExhibitionInstallation
© Helen Pitt Gallery
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Too Many Words

Donna Akrey, Blair Brennan, Graham Gillmore, Jason de Haan, Colleen Heslin, Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens, Laurie Ljubojevic, Joshua Lovelace, Michael Maranda, Sherwin Tjia
Curated by Lance Blomgren

Too Many Words is an exhibition that brings together a diverse selection of artists who take the role of reading as a central preoccupation and site of creative inquiry. Using a variety of strategies, the artists in this exhibition share a common engagement with the ways in which reading is enacted, experienced and represented in contemporary life, as well as their own artistic practice.

The works in Too Many Words cast a critical eye upon not only what we read or the role of reading in society, but also how reading is done: the experiential underpinnings of this phenomenon. The paintings, video, drawings, sculptures, text-projects and book-works that comprise the exhibition push our more commonplace expectations of reading—entertainment and knowledge, signification and meaning, transmission and reception—into conceptions of representation, subjectivity, nostalgia, authorship, literary inspiration, nostalgia, cultural memory, consumerism and obsession. In this exhibition the private and public faces of the words that surround us are conflated. As Too Many Words suggests, the overwhelming profusion of words which gives rhythm to everyday life involves an ongoing barter between the solitary, individual pleasure of reading and the blunt, passionless facades presented by words in our public environment.


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