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Image: Daryl Vocat The Secret of the Midnight Shadow (installation view) 2006-2009

The Dunlop Art Gallery presents:

Daryl Vocat The Secret of the Midnight Shadow

August 18 to October 25, 2012
Opening Reception and Artist's Talk: Saturday, August 18 at 1:00 pm

The forest has a dual nature, undergoing a transformation each evening. Tranquil during the day, at night it is shadowy, mysterious, sometimes frightening. It is this forest, the site of "horror films, black magic and mythology" that artist Daryl Vocat has created, and populated in his immersive installation, The Secret of the Midnight Shadow.1 Vocat's forest is inhabited with figures suspended in a liminal state: they are illustrations that the artist has lifted from Boy Scout manuals, manipulated, enlarged and redrawn, lifesize, as cutouts that extend from the gallery walls, occupying the same space as the viewer. Liberated from the safe narratives of the instructive texts they spring from, they are thrown into a space of ambiguity.

A nacent sense of self and community develops among the boys, and it is wholly different than could previously be imagined. The boys claim this place as their own, haunting it with their presence. They learn to reconcile past experiences and beliefs with a world opening up to a multitude of potentialities, of ways of being in the world, of being together, of being community. It's a dark place, but also an exciting one – figures shapeshift as new identities are tried on, allegiances and fierce friendships are formed, and the anarchic spirit thrives, protected by the darkness of the night.

1. Daryl Vocat, Artist's statement

About the Artist:

Originally from Regina, Daryl Vocat lives and works in Toronto. He has a BFA from the University of Regina (1999) and an MFA from York University (2001). Vocat has exhibited extensively throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. His works are in the numerous public collections including The New York Public Library, The National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives, the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in New York, The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery in Vancouver, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, and the City of Toronto. Vocat works out of Open Studio in Toronto.



Dunlop Art Gallery

Regina Public Library, Sherwood Village Branch
6121 Rochdale Boulevard
Regina, Saskatchewan S4X 2R1

Monday 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am to 9:00 pm
Wednesday 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Thursday/Friday 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Closed statutory holidays and Sundays in August

For more information, please contact:
Blair Fornwald, Assistant Curator
Tel.: 306.777.6144

This exhibition has been organized by Blair Fornwald, Assistant Curator, Dunlop Art Gallery.

The Dunlop Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskCulture, and Saskatchewan Lotteries. The artist gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council.