Douglas & McIntyre
Roy Arden: Against the Day

Book details:

October 2007
ISBN 978-1-55365-333-2
Hardcover
9" x 11"
160 pages
Art ART000000
Art
Photography
Nonfiction
$60.00 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

Roy Arden: Against the Day

Against The Day

Over the past two decades, Roy Arden has become one of Canada's most respected artists. Along with that of Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, Rodney Graham and Stan Douglas, his work has contributed to Vancouver's reputation as a vital centre for contempor


A sumptuous look at one of Canada's greatest living artists, to coincide with a major travelling retrospective of his photo-based work Over the past two decades, Roy Arden has become one of Canada's most respected artists. Along with Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, Rodney Graham and Stan Douglas, his work has contributed to Vancouver's reputation as an important centre for contemporary photographic art. This major book looks at Arden's unique approach to photograph and his investigations into the modern city life.

Arden's work can be divided into three periods. From 1981 to 1985 he produced Fragments, personal, lyrical colour portraits and urban details. The years 1985 to 1990 were dedicated to what Arden calls "meta-photography," art about photography and its history. For instance Abjection was a sort of "history painting" containing images of Japanese-Canadians interned in 1942. In Arden's third period, from 1990 to the present, he has combined his fascination in local history with both traces of the past and the abrupt appearance of the new. These pictures focus on "'the landscape of the economy" of the Vancouver area, in tableaux influenced as much by the history of painting as that of photography. A searing image such as Landfill, Richmond B.C. provokes reflections on both ecological issues and the history of the picturesque landscape.

In 2000, Arden began to produce digital video works, which he calls "breathing tableaux." He is also interested in the new world of imagery on the internet. The World as Will and Representation - Archive (2004) is essentially a slide show of his personal archive of 10,000 images gleaned from the Internet. It is viewable at www.royarden.com.

This major retrospective brings together two significant scholarly texts about Arden's work with a selection of short texts by six artists, curators and writers who admire the artist's work. It will include extensive colour and black and white reproductions.

Exhibition Tour:

Vancouver Art Gallery: October 20, 2007 -- January 20, 2008

Roy Arden was born in Vancouver, the son of Finnish immigrants. He has participated in significant local, national and international exhibitions since the late 1970s and his work is included in important museum collections in Canada, Europe and the U.S.A., including the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart.

Dieter Roelstraete is a curator at MuHKA - the museum of contemporary art in Antwerp, Belgium - where he recently co-curated Intertidal, a survey exhibition of contemporary art from Vancouver that included the work of Roy Arden. In 2005, he curated Emotion Pictures, also at MuHKA, and co-curated Honoré d'O: "The Quest" at the Belgian pavilion at last year's Venice Biennale. In 2006, he co-curated Academy: Learning from Art (in collaboration with Siemens Art Program). He was recently invited to curate an exhibition of emerging Canadian artists at Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie in Berlin. Roelstraete is the editor-in-chief of the quarterly journal for theorizing visual culture AS, and a contributing editor to A Prior magazine. He has written extensively on contemporary art and related philosophical issues.

Russell Ferguson as professor and chair of the UCLA Department of Art. Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, he was until recently chief curator and deputy director of exhibitions and programs at the Hammer Museum at UCLA, where he organized internationally acclaimed exhibitions, including "The Undiscovered Country, Patty Chang: Shangri-La" and "Christian Marclay."

About the Authors

Russell Ferguson

Russell Ferguson is a professor and chair of the UCLA Department of Art. Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, he was until recently chief curator and ...

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Dieter Roelstraete

Dieter Roelstraete is a curator at muhka, the museum of contemporary art in Antwerp, Belgium, where he recently co-curated Intertidal, a survey and exhibition ...

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