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350 East 2nd Avenue #116, Vancouver, British Columbia V5T 4R8
Garry Neill Kennedy + Cathy Busby: Activism, Arts Education, and Printed Matter
Presented by the Toronto Art Book Fair
Wednesday October 11 — Sunday October 15, 2017 | 12 — 5pm daily
Reception: Saturday October 14, 2010 | 7 — 9pm | Artists will be present
grunt gallery | #116 — 350 East 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC
The Toronto Art Book Fair is thrilled to present the second iteration of the exhibition, Garry Neill Kennedy + Cathy Busby: Activism, Arts Education, and Printed Matter as a part of the 6th annual Vancouver Art Book Fair’s Artists’ Books Week.
Showcasing a lifetime’s collection of printed matter from two of Canada’s most celebrated artists, Garry Neill Kennedy and Cathy Busby, this exhibition illustrates the intersection of artists’ books, activism, and education. The archival material on exhibit spans over 40 years and features: See Red Women’s Workshop silkscreens (London, 1974-90), Portikus posters (Frankfurt, early 90s), Chinese propaganda posters (1960s), Halifax silkscreens (2000s), and individual artists’ posters by Lawrence Weiner, Claes Oldenburg, A-yo, Bruce Nauman, and General Idea. Presented from a unique viewpoint, this exhibition offers visitors an intimate look into the artists’ memories, inspirations, motivations, and the time in which they were creating artwork and collecting this ephemera.
The exhibition also features a wide selection of artists' books by students from Printed Matter courses taught by Garry Neill Kennedy and Cathy Busby, separately and together, from 1990 to the present at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) and University of British Columbia (UBC). Many of these publications are collaborative anthologies that encapsulate the school year in which they were made. Kennedy started the 'class book' tradition when he began teaching printed matter in 1990, first at NSCAD and then at UBC since 2013 with Cathy Busby. These artists’ books and other printed matter explore and encapsulate movements in popular culture, design, activism, and arts education.
Cathy Busby is Canadian artist based in Vancouver. Through text-based installations, her work addresses the politics of local sites as they relate to critical issues, namely human rights. Busby has a PhD in Communication (Concordia University, 1999) and was a Fulbright Scholar at New York University (1995-96). She has an MA in Media Studies (Concordia University, 1992) and a BFA (1984) from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.
Garry Neill Kennedy is one of Canada’s most prominent and pioneering contemporary artists. In addition to an extensive international exhibition history, Kennedy has also held the position of president of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design for twenty-three years (1967-1990), establishing NSCAD University as a forerunner in art education.