EXHIBITIONS

Meriç Algün Ringborg – Metatext

Loading
Gallery Hours
Tuesday to Sunday 12 - 6pm
Free Admission
 
Icon

Meriç Algün Ringborg – Metatext

Info

ˇ

15 Nov, 2013 to 19 Jan, 2014

Use left (←) and right (→) arrow keys or swipe gestures on a touch device to navigate image gallery.


At the Contemporary Art Gallery we present a solo exhibition by Turkish artist Meriç Algün Ringborg, her first in a museum in North America, comprising a new large-scale commission sited across the façade of our building. Visitors are invited to ‘read’ the gallery, the work wrapping around the outside as individual phrases envelope the physical structure.

Through the appropriation of methodologies that include collecting, systematizing and list making, much of Algün Ringborg’s practice centres on notions of cultural identity, language, belonging and the adjoining bureaucracies. In 2012 billboards were presented in the exhibition Show Off that took place in Malmö and Nicosia consecutively. The questions shown derive from The Concise Book of Visa Application Forms (2009), the work inserting queries for private information into the public realm. At a time when immigration is at the forefront of topical news stories, the project gained significant resonance.

The new work at the Contemporary Art Gallery takes the English dictionary as its starting point. Using only selected definitions of specific words, this ambitious commission appears as a series of inter-related sentences notionally composing mini-narratives and realized in a way that seems to incorporate different voices and characters, including that of the artist. As such the work evolves out of the dictionary akin to a fragmentary novel or short story, a series of episodes branching out into a loose meta-narrative concerning writing as a creative act as implied through the use of this ‘found’ language.

Vancouver, a city renowned internationally for the significance of its visual arts that conceptually re-pictures space and assigns meaning of the global in the local, provides a stimulating and challenging context for this piece by Algün Ringborg. Shown outside, the work intervenes in the urban fabric, addressing the narratives implicit in everyday routine and our daily lives. Its siting on the external surface of the gallery incites an evocation of the porosity of meaning that may emerge from such a public institution, through a contemplation of private ideas and thoughts seeping into the public domain.

This exhibition is made with support by Iaspis, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual Artists.

Production support for the exhibition with Meriç Algün Ringborg is generously provided by SAHA Association. www.saha.org.tr

Connect

>




Downloads

ˇ


Exhibition Bulletin

Categories

ˇ



Details

ˇ

Artists/Participants:
Meriç Algün Ringborg  



Icon

Related Events

Meriç Algün Ringborg
Wednesday, November 20, 7pm
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Room 301, 1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island

Ringborg will discuss her practice exploring the critical underpinning and key themes of her recent work and exhibition at the Contemporary Art Gallery.

MORE

Artist Talk | Meriç Algün Ringborg


Icon

In CAG Shop

$20.00

Published:
72 pages

"Written and assembled by Meriç Algün Ringborg, this volume is both a two-part reflection and demonstration of disappearance in both personal and cultural terms. The first portion contains an essay that illustrates contemporary and historic assumptions of space and time. Rather than trying to articulate the very meaning of lacking substance, Ringborg writes the idea of disappearance through its converse–documentation, power, place and surveillance. The second portion contains a series of fragments taken from different unnamed sources that both describe and demonstrate erasure in all its moods, ranging from the humorous to the poignant." Printed Matter.org
Location: Date: Time: is a limited edition of 500 copies.

MORE

Meriç Algün Ringborg - Location: Date: Time:


Icon

Visit CAG

555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V6B 6R5

T 00 1 604 681 2700
F 00 1 604 683 2710

Gallery Hours
Tues – Sun 12 – 6 pm



  • Closed on British Columbia statutory holidays
  • The galleries are wheelchair accessible
  • The Gallery is free of charge
  • Suggested donation of $5


Reference Library



Icon

CAG Shop


Icon

Join/Give


Become a Member


The CAG is a not-for-profit reliant on member support. As a Member of the CAG, you are supporting contemporary art now and playing a role in its future.

Make a Donation


Help support the only free public art gallery in Vancouver.
Donate Now

Exhibition
Archive

01-14

top