Allison Hrabluik | Letter to the Editor

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Allison Hrabluik, ‘Guillotined in the Name of Reason’, 2007. Courtesy the artist

Exhibition | Allison Hrabluik | Letter to the Editor

April 4 - June 1, 2008


Allison Hrabluik
Letter to the Editor
April 4 – June 1, 2008
Off-site

Letter to the Editor was a poster project by Allison Hrabluik that was in part an exercise in distribution. Only fifty identical posters were produced with the goal of slowly and subtly dispersing them through Vancouver in somewhat unexpected places. What started in one of the Contemporary Art Gallery’s street front windows slowly spread out over the course of two months. In this time frame, the artist personally approached selected common use businesses, asking them to hang a poster from inside their windows. The poster format was a break from Hrabluik’s animation and video work, but retained a narrative format typical to her early work. The poster was a collage of images of small animals, dolls, twigs and bugs, some of which she reproduced as watercolour paintings while others she left in photographic form. The content at first appeared sweet, but turned foreboding as one began to notice that all the animals are dead and the dolls glare unblinkingly.