Toronto artist Dave Dyment’s new project begins with his exploration of The Power Plant’s archives. Expanding on his practice of research-based conceptualism, his investigation results in a work presented within Dissenting Histories: 25 Years of The Power Plant during our Summer 2012 season. Dyment is interested in the forces that shape and reshape culture, and his work often employs re-framed found texts and vernacular photography.
The centrepiece of his response is a series of a thousand questions culled from interviews, reviews, guest book scrawlings, inter-office communiqués, memos and emails found in the dusty banker boxes of The Power Plant archives. They range from the philosophical (So where is reality to be found?) to the practical (Will there be a dinner?).
The work also include a series of photographs of pre-installed artworks; snapshots which were intended to be viewed only for shipping, customs and insurance purposes situated in our North Gallery.
Working with audio, video, photography, and the production of artists’ books, multiples and editions, Dyment’s witty practice mines popular culture, vernacular photography and music. His past projects include a century-aged edition of Glenfiddich malt whisky; a duet with Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo; and the photograph One Billion Years (Past & Future), which arranges dozens of books according to the time frames referenced in their titles. Dyment has exhibited across Canada and internationally, and his work is represented by MKG127, Toronto.