Bill Vazan. Walking into the Vanishing Point – Windsor

Bill Vazan, Canada Line, installation simultanément mise en œuvre le 9 janvier 1970 dans huit différents lieux au Canada, carte géologique fédérale, 32 épreuves à la gélatique argentique, encre, 119,8 x 129,2 cm. Avec l’aimable permission de l’artiste.

Bill Vazan, Highway 37, détail, 1970, 159 épreuves à la gélatine argentique et plan, dimensions variables. Avec l’aimable permission de l’artiste.

Bill Vazan, Highway 37, détail, 1970, 159 épreuves à la gélatine argentique et plan, dimensions variables. Avec l’aimable permission de l’artiste.

Bill Vazan, Walking into the Vanishing Point, Northward on St-Laurent, détail, Montréal, 13 juin 1970, 60 épreuves à la gélatine argentique, 10,2 x 15,2 cm chacune. Avec l’aimable permission de l’artiste.



Bill Vazan, Lifeline, détail, 1970-1972, 1 000 cartes postales, dimensions variables. Avec l’aimable permission de l’artiste.

Bill Vazan, Lifeline, détail, 1970-1972, 1 000 cartes postales, dimensions variables. Avec l’aimable permission de l’artiste.

Vue de l’exposition Bill Vazan. Walking into the Vanishing Point, Art Gallery of Windsor, du 28 juin au 31 août 2008.

Crédit : Bill Vazan.

Vue de l’exposition Bill Vazan. Walking into the Vanishing Point, Art Gallery of Windsor, du 28 juin au 31 août 2008.

Crédit : Bill Vazan.

Vue de l’exposition Bill Vazan. Walking into the Vanishing Point, Art Gallery of Windsor, du 28 juin au 31 août 2008.

Crédit : Bill Vazan.
2008.06.28 - 08.31

Bill Vazan

Commissaire
Marie-Josée Jean


Du 28 juin au 31 août 2008, Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario

Walking into the Vanishing Point

(en anglais seulement)

JAMES PATTEN, CHIEF CURATOR

With Walking Into the Vanishing Point, the AGW continues its investigation into conceptual art and photography that began two years ago with the exhibition Passing Through: Iain Baxter Photographs 1958 to 1983, which is currently touring across Canada. Since the late 1960s, Bill Vazan has traveled by car, bus, subway and on foot in Montreal and Toronto. The annotated photographs and maps of these ambulatory performances became the starting point for more ambitious projects dealing with lines and distance.

In true conceptual art fashion, Vazan eschewed the conventions of ‘good’ photography, opting instead for a more arbitrary and systematic approach. Photos were taking at regular intervals (at every intersection, for example) and informally (without regard for lighting, framing, etc.). Drawing attention to the act of making the photograph rather than its content, Vazan goal was to provide raw evidence of his transitory journeys. These “itineraries” as he called them, collapse seeing and recording into one seamless activity.

Vazan then expanded this concept. With World Line (1969–1971), and other related works, he put black tape on gallery floors in Canada and abroad to mark specific distances on a global scale, documenting the entire process as he moved from place to place. These virtual lines are no less real than other commonly agreed upon markers, such as international borders or shipping channels. With this project, Vazan demonstrates the abstract nature of such delineations, which in our era of global communications and travel, have become even more arbitrary and complex. From cell phone domains to international air travel, imaginary and ephemeral lines are drawn and redrawn around the globe constantly. Lines that connect and divide us, whether within a territory or an international communications system, are a dominant element in Bill Vazan’s work. That Vazan began exploring this terrain forty years ago is remarkable and makes this timely exhibition that much more interesting.

Publication

Bill Vazan: Walking into the Vanishing Point. Art Conceptuel

Bill Vazan: Walking into the Vanishing Point. Art conceptuel

Cette première monographie consacrée à son travail conceptuel espère rendre compte d’une œuvre profonde, inventive et rigoureuse, laquelle n’avait pas encore fait l’objet d’une telle attention…

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Exposition

Bill Vazan. Walking into the Vanishing Point
2007.05.05 - 06.23

La pratique de Bill Vazan est généralement associée au land art et aux montages photographiques. Pourtant, dès la fin des années 1960…

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