This exhibition catalogue documents James Carl’s 2003 exhibition at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, and Open Space, Victoria. The publication includes an essay by Robin Peck, and Christina Ritchie’s interview with the artist. The publication also includes a text contribution from Margrét H. Blöndal, a biography, and a number of exceptional full-page colour images of the artworks and installations.
Toronto artist James Carl likes to mix things up – to confound references and test limits and then step back and watch things get funny. He combines a precise examination of the lexicon of sculpture with an abiding interest in the artifacts of public social life, filtered through the ubiquitous technologies and materials of contemporary industrialism. Plot, the installation that he prepared for the Contemporary Art Gallery, could be a story, a secret conspiracy, or a piece of real estate. Or perhaps the title refers to the activity of plotting the coordinates of the digital renderings that adorn various surfaces of artworks as well as the gallery and its exterior. Combining sculpture with graphic work, Plot demonstrates Carl’s contrary approach to traditional artistic methods and materials, and the ways these things are both conditioned and altered by expectation and use.MORE