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This is Part 2 of an interview with Burrard Marina Field House artist-in-residence Raymond Boisjoly and CAG Field House intern Jaclyn Bruneau. Read Part I here.

Afternoons with Raymond – Part II

Jaclyn (JB): Raymond, your recent trip to Norway wasn’t your first connection to Norwegian culture. I heard  a connection of yours to Norway was the black metal music text works made in response to the proposed re-naming of Stanley Park. The City was bouncing around the idea of reintroducing the name of the indigenous tribe that resided on that site since as long as 3000 years ago. What was it about the aesthetic of black metal that specifically jarred you and made it seem right for the project?

Raymond (RB): My interest in it was about being able to approach indigenous issues that didn’t necessarily have to reproduce familiar, established understandings of aboriginal artistic practice. It was about the ability to frame it through another aesthetic that isn’t premised on primordial belonging—that isn’t about what we think we already know about the aesthetics but the capacity to come to see it differently.

JB: Right, and so hence the appearance of the text which is sharp, thorny and harsh-looking. Why were those characteristics the best fit for a project that was trying to reclaim or reestablish a name, considering that the conditions now are completely different in this city for the way we think about First Nations people?

RB: I just like the idea that a lot of it is really decrepit or withered—that it seems to place itself in the midst of the process of decay; that it somehow, at least for me, registers somehow, the less than ideal circumstances that we find ourselves in; where maybe we can’t necessarily conceive of a solution to the complexity of the relationship between aboriginal peoples, the Canadian government, and Canadians generally. And that became this really sort of weird thing that could register those complexities in a certain way. That it was about cultural competency that wasn’t premised on aboriginal identity or belonging but was an elective affinity—that somebody who likes black metal might come to encounter them, and it maybe smuggled in a concern for aboriginal issues that maybe could be communicated or could be legible to a different audience.

JB: You make use of text in some really intricate and thoughtful ways that invite people to re-read and re-assess, testing different potential meanings. I’m talking about your project ‘As it Comes’  in the window of the CAG as well as at Yaletown-Roundhouse  Station, Canada Line. Has text always been part of your work? Why is it important?

RB: Ever since I was a photo student at Emily Carr, I had supportive instructors who allowed me to do something other than making photographs, so it just became this thing that was within a lot of work that I came to encounter. There could be this discrepancy between the work and its description—I found that was a really active place to situate myself, in terms of thinking through (in the very imprecise way) that messages can be communicated.

Like there was this idea that I had about the possibility for thinking of how a failure of translation could actually be a productive thing, that it could be about simply looking at those contingencies of communication and the fact that we use these various strategies, but they produce a very particular framing; that language becomes an interesting way to conceive of that process through which ferry the messages across from person to person, from place to place.

JB: The choice of typeface seems inextricably important from the overall formation of the messages you create. Do the text and the typeface arise somewhat simultaneously in your ideation process, or how is the decision made for that pairing?

RB: It seems very straightforward to me, at least. There’s not necessarily any sort of long process of trying to figure out what typeface might work. So it becomes primarily more about simply what seems like a manageable typeface to use—something that doesn’t necessarily call too much attention to itself, which I guess is a lot different from the black metal works. I sort of see it as being active but somehow not really directive for the message in any particular way. Instead, somehow the message comes to fill it, strangely. So it’s a weird process that I don’t know if I can really articulate.

It’s—at least to me—some not very interesting logistical phenomenon. It’s like, I just have to pick one.

JB: You are hosting a talk at the Field House by writer  Nathan Crompton for Culture Days on Saturday, September 28th at 4 pm . Can you tell me a bit about the thought behind inviting him ?

RB: I don’t really recall the first place I encountered him but he’s really active in Vancouver, and he’s asking difficult questions about a lot of civic processes, and framing them in an accessible way that allows people to talk about them.

But I was interested in talking with him specifically about the article that he co-authored that was recently published on The Mainlander website about the Kitsilano Reserve which is immediately proximate to this studio—because it had come up a few times, so I was just really anxious to think about the necessity to think through that process. The studio being given by the City of Vancouver to arts groups, and individuals, and institutions like the CAG—it seems like a good means not simply to activate the space but also to come to understand something too—that there’s a more complex history behind the fact that these field houses have fallen out of use, and it seems like an interesting thing to talk about. So it’s actually a convenient thing, sort of seeing that article and realizing the potential for some kind of public discussion.

Stay tuned for the third and final installment of this discussion!

Raymond Boisjoly is currently the artist-in-residence at the CAG Field House at Burrard Marina. The Field House Studio Residency Program is generously supported by the Vancouver Park Board and the City of Vancouver. The inaugural residency with Raymond Boisjoly is supported by the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology.

More of Jaclyn’s writing can be found here, and her tweets over here.

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