In late 2008 I was invited by curators Johan Lundh and Alissa Firth-Eagland to work on a collaborative, process-based work with Eric Metcalfe. Eric is an old professor of mine, and an important figure in the Vancouver arts community; I was delighted to have the opportunity to work with him.
It was called The Set-Up, and showed at the Helen Pitt Artist Run Centre in Fall of 2008. We inhabited the gallery for the length of the exhibition, working on our pieces, transforming the space and responding to one another. For me, it ended up being a work about communication and process, and all the difficulties that come with creating work that lives together. The end result was very graphic– wall works that split up the gallery. I used tape for much of mine, a reference to the materials Eric was using for his clean-edged murals. The self-portrait was another anxious gesture about communication, and was created with masking tape and graphite. You’ll notice waves coming up again (as in The Storm and the Fall). Guess they were on my mind.
You can read more about the project here.