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Seth (2009), excerpt from the graphic novel George Sprott: 1894-1975

Seth (2009), excerpt from the graphic novel George Sprott: 1894-1975 [Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond BC, Apr 9-Jun 25]

Mark Haney & Seth: Omnis Temporalis

Richmond Art Gallery
Richmond BC – Apr 9-June 25, 2017

Originally a New York Times cartoon serial, Seth’s George Sprott: 1894-1975 was published as a graphic novel by Drawn & Quarterly in 2009. Inspired, Vancouver composer Mark Haney contacted Seth and asked permission to adapt the book. Seth replied enthusiastically, and the result is Omnis Temporalis, an installation designed by Seth based on the television studio where Sprott hosts his long-running program and a stage from which Haney enacts his own serial.

Part of the genius of Seth’s book lies in its ability to tell a story through its careful unfolding of character. Sprott is a “charming, foolish old man,” as described by the book’s publisher, and while this is enough for some readers, it is but a crust when compared to nuances available to readers attuned to the magic of boxed-off, image-text exposition. Haney is attentive to such unfoldings and, in a manner similar to the construction of the book, tells the story of Sprott through spoken dialogue and music, supported by a cast of seven actors and musicians.

Also on display are images from George Sprott, Seth’s sketchbooks and maquettes of the CKCK TV studio and station. A catalogue with essays by curator Nan Capogna and author Rick Maddocks is available at the front desk.


Michael Turner

 Tue, Apr 4, 2017