Ron Terada – Catalogue

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Ron Terada – Catalogue



21 Nov, 2003 to 04 Jan, 2004

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Terada created a catalogue for his exhibition, which extends the artist’s elaboration of his practice as an investigation into the mechanism of exhibition architecture and artifice. Terada’s work for this show used the exhibition as medium, and employed promotional and didactic material—things that might normally be thought of as ancillary to the art itself—as raw material. In Catalogue, Terada occupied and exaggerated the mandate of a public institution by making public patronage the content and means of the artwork. In the Contemporary Art Gallery’s exhibition space as well as within its street front window vitrines, vinyl signage acknowledged the support of those who contributed to the project. The names and company logos (or both) comprised the visual component, the ‘art’ as it were, of the gallery’s display.

Another, principal component took the form of an accompanying exhibition publication. Rather than assume an explanatory or documentary role to work displayed in the gallery, the production of this catalogue became an artwork. The catalogue looked and functioned like any other publication would within the typical institutional frame of an exhibition. But by highlighting the patronage of those who collaborated with the artist in support of the show, the catalogue aimed to re-align conventions which presuppose such contextualizing and legitimating vehicles as supplementary. In so doing Terada raised questions about the relationships between artist, institution and patron.







Ron Terada  


Related Blog Posts

Continuing our Summer series of book recommendations from CAG staff, volunteers, interns and board members, CAG Director Nigel Prince highlights  three publications from the CAG’s thirty year publishing history:


Some Detached Houses
Robin Collyer, Todd A Davis, Dan Graham, Amy Jones, Bill Jones, Robert Linsley, Warren Murfitt, Margaret Naylor, Ed Ruscha, Nancy Shaw, Greg Snider
Contemporary Art Gallery
March 29 – April 1989

This was a crucial exhibition and publication linking West and East Coast conceptual practices, including a number of key artists. The photograph on the cover is an aerial view of the Eastside of Vancouver circa 1960. Included in the exhibition were Dan Graham’s New Balloon Houses, Surrey made in the then suburb of Vancouver. It was one of the first CAG publications I purchased on my initial visit to Vancouver in 2000.


Ron Terada
Contemporary Art Gallery
November 14, 2003 – January 4, 2004

Terada often uses the things normally thought of as ancillary to art itself as raw material for exhibitions, for example, by employing promotional and didactic material as the objects for display. Catalogue took the form of an exhibition publication but highlighted the patronage of those who collaborated with the artist in support of the show by their logos becoming the actual artwork on display on the gallery walls. The book itself becomes the exhibition representing everything that it encompasses.


For Example: Dix-Huit Leçons sur la Société Industrielle
Christopher Williams
Contemporary Art Gallery
January 14 – March 6, 2005

A key exhibition for the Contemporary Art Gallery and the artist, Christopher Williams’ work grows out of the history of conceptual art of the 1960s and 1970s, which used language and photography to address issues related to painting and sculpture. The publication, beautifully designed and conceptually rigorous with the exhibition, was curated by Claudia Beck, an individual who along with husband Andrew Gruft has made a significant contribution to Vancouver’s artistic scene.



All three of these publications can be purchased, with a special discount of 40% during August, either online (click on the titles above – on check out use the coupon code CAGSUMMER) or in person at the CAG bookshop.


In CAG Shop


96 pages

This publication accompanies the exhibition Catalogue by Ron Terada, curated by Reid Shier and presented at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, November 20, 2003 to January 3, 2004. The publication includes texts by Michael Darling, Jens Hoffmann, Reid Shier and Kelly Wood, design and drawings by Julian Gosper.


Ron Terada - Catalogue


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