This exhibition catalogue was published to accompany the exhibition Unterspiel cureated by Seamus Kealy and held at the Contemporary Art Gallery from July 1 to August 14, 2005. The exhibition and publication was co-produced with the Critical and Curatorial Studies Program at the University of British Columbia and Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. Design by Jeff Khonsary.
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Clement Greenberg described collage as “a major turning point in the evolution of Cubism, and therefore a major turning point in the whole evolution of modernist art in this century.” Bit by Bit incorporated the work of emerging artists who continue to explore this material practice. All the artists in the exhibition apply conventional notions of collage, physically collecting, combining, cutting away, covering up and layering found images and commonplace materials – one piece at a time – to create new images and thus to construct new meanings. Whether the artists are boldly forming an aesthetic moment or overtly putting forward a political agenda, each element within the overall collage is considered a separate piece of information that combines with other pieces to generate something whole, and it is this tenuous and apparent relation between the pieces and the whole that gives this material practice its potency and continued relevance. As part of Bit by Bit, the CAG published a special issue of I Got Killed I Got Killed I Got Killed in World War Three.MORE