Co-curated by the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of York University, this exhibition presents a selection of work from 1991-1997 by Vancouver artist Roy Arden.
Arden’s subject is the “landscape of the economy,” as it appears through the everyday surface of his local surroundings. His large colour photographs are intended as realist tableaux, they depict traces of history in the present as well as the brutal appearance of the new. Pictures of landfills, proletarian architecture or consumer goods in department stores, are fragments that add up to a vision of modernity’s transformative effects.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with colour reproductions and essays by Peter Culley, John Miller and Scott Watson.