Ian Wallace – Artist Talk
Saturday, March 9, 2pm
Language as material is opaque. In this sense, words become sequences of letters rather than meanings, syntax becomes a condition of iconographic density, the “nearness of points” in the topological sense, rather than a chain of meanings which complete a thought. Reading opaque language involves a direct perceptual recognition of the body, the physicality, the format of the iconography. Conventional language is transparent. The reader does not see the iconography of transparent language, there is no delay between the recognition of the word and the chain of meanings and associations it brings. Meanings which do not involve a delay are meanings which are taken for granted. Opacity, involving delay, brings both instability and openness to the meaning. –Ian Wallace, 1969.
Unexplained Parade is the inaugural exhibition of Catriona Jeffries at 950 East Cordova in Vancouver, Canada. Formerly a purpose-built workshop for Pilkington Metal Marine, the building is located in an industrial zone adjacent to the Port of Vancouver, the largest working export port in North America. Prior to the 1880s, this area was the proximal coastline of Burrard Inlet, a place where land sat between numerous creeks emptying into the Pacific inlet, occupied by the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh. For Catriona Jeffries, the significant renovation of this site, led by Patkau Architects, establishes a space for the next chapter of our twenty-five-year history, centering the representation of artists as a critical and collaborative practice.