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Jin-me Yoon, Touring Home from Away, detail, 1999, 9 light boxes, 18 translucent prints, each light box 66 x 81.3 x 12.7 cm. Purchased 2002, CAG 2002.2

RE:visiting

Jin-me Yoon, Touring Home from Away, detail, 1999, 9 light boxes, 18 translucent prints, each light box 66 x 81.3 x 12.7 cm. Purchased 2002, CAG 2002.2
Re:Visiting looks at the careers of eight notable Canadian artists represented in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery collection through juxtaposition. Older works are placed in dialogue with newer ones produced by the same artist - in some cases, accompanied by various forms of commentary by each maker on how the earlier work is transformed by the comparison. Each example is quite different. Sometimes, the thread that runs between the works is so strong that the  way the later work affects our experience of the earlier work is quite subtle.

Artists:

Herménégilde Chiasson
Ron Shuebrook
Jin-me Yoon
Daniel MacDougall
Glenn Lewis
Lucy Hogg
Medrie MacPhee
K.C. Adams

Other comparisons appear to demonstrate a radical break, where an artist has shifted from one project to a kind of work that simplicity declares that project’s end, perhaps even its contemporary irrelevance, in a purposeful statement that gains force through its cancellation of an associated, previously established position. The comparisons show how an individual artist is uniquely empowered to write and rewrite their own artistic autobiography, by revisiting , recuperating , reinterpreting, revaluing, and/or reusing fragments from their past productions , rescuing  them from the fixity of the moment of their making and revealing latent possibilities in them, within a dynamic process of making themselves as artistic subjects  who enact a unique stance with respect to their own cultural traditions in a constantly changing external world. Ultimately, this exhibition aims to demonstrate though examples the multiplicity of expression that informs, and constantly reinforces, our understanding of the word – debased by generalization, abuse, and overuse – art.

-Pan Wendt, Curator

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