Given the attention that archives are currently garnering in the contemporary art world, I did not want to create a mere tribute to a passing trend, nor did I wish to echo the work or vision of the invaluable Frenkel fonds archivist. My intent was instead to shed light on the documentation behind Frenkel's creative practice.
The exhibition is based on the archival documents of three of Frenkel's works: String Games: Improvisations for Inter-City Video (Montreal–Toronto, 1974)
, "...from the Transit Bar"
(1992) and ONCE NEAR WATER: Notes from the Scaffolding Archive
(2008-2009). Frenkel and I designed a conceptual structure for the exhibition based on four themes: archives as a creative strategy; work cycles; the in situ aspect of the works and their iterations; and the use and evolution of technology.
This catalogue is published for the exhibition Vera Frenkel : cartographie d'une pratique / Vera Frenkel: Mapping a Practice
presented at SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art from October 2 to December 4, 2010.
SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art
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