Renouncing The Art Object
A Thematic Residency by Lucas Soi
Artscape Gibraltar Point
Toronto Island, Ontario
Program Dates: July 7 – 19, 2012
Application Deadline: February 24, 2012
Cost: $550 CDN + HST
Renouncing The Art Object is a two week thematic residency that examines how the role of the artist can affect change in society. Taking as its starting point the structure of Lucy Lippard's book 6 Years: The Dematerialization Of The Art Object, "fragmented text, artworks, documents, interviews, and symposia, arranged chronologically" will be examined through a daily schedule of group readings, discussions and film screenings. Subjects of analysis include the origins of contemporary art in Ancient Greece; the literature of the Marquis de Sade; aspects of curatorial practice in the Treaty of Versailles; and American art patronage in the 20th century. Participants will be guided through a labyrinth of disparate historical sources selected from European and American literature, music and visual art in an attempt to understand how artists can affect our contemporary society in new and meaningful ways.
Set amid the lush arboretum of Toronto Island, Artscape Gibraltar Point faces onto beachfront property. As this residency coincides with the height of summer, many of the activities will be held outdoors. Special guest lectures by visiting curators and writers from the contemporary art world will also be featured.
Lucas Soi is an independent curator from Vancouver, B.C. Recent exhibitions include The Fair: International Contemporary Art in Vancouver (The Waldorf Hotel, Vancouver), the first art fair in the city in over ten years, and Rope Of Sand (Soi Fischer, Toronto), a survey of new tendencies in painting. www.soifischer.com
For more information please contact Lucas Soi at +1 (416) 887 - 4854 or firstname.lastname@example.org