Opening Reception: Friday, Jan 9, 8-11pm
Artist Talk in conjunction with SFU School for the Contemporary Arts.
Artist Talk: Thursday, January 8th, 1pm. SFU School for the Contemporary
Arts. Suite 330, Alexander Centre, 611 Alexander Street.
The Helen Pitt Gallery Artist Run Centre is honoured to host the exhibition of a new work by Los Angeles based artist Vishal Jugdeo. Square Configuration (Decorum) Study is a provocative installation that puts forward complex representations of social interaction that are at once denaturalized, distantiated, absurd and evocative of different types of codified speech. As in much of his recent work, Jugdeo once again positions the viewer in a sculptural installation that complicates the relationship to objects and actions depicted in video. Paying due attention to the vacuous reality of infotainment, Square Configuration (Decorum) Study extrapolates from the implicit ideological violence reproduced in popular television news and entertainment programming. Setting the form and language of TV against itself, the performers speak towards, over and under one another, urgently addressing matters of socio-economic inequity while simultaneously throwing into question the deeply fraught nature of language and symbolic power.
Vishal Jugdeo is a Canadian artist currently based in Los Angeles. He has exhibited in Canada and the United States, including solo exhibitions at the Western Front in Vancouver, and at LAXART in Los Angeles. Group exhibitions include the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, Los Angeles
Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles and Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York. Jugdeo received a BFA from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine.
The Helen Pitt Gallery Artist Run Centre would like to acknowledge the following for their generous support: Joshua Bartholomew, Geoffrey Farmer, Curtis Grahauer, Maki Miyano, Aram Moshayedi, Judy Radul, Robin Selk, Michael Turner, LA><ART, the Simon Fraser University School for the Contemporary Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts, The BC Arts Council, The BC Gaming Commission and the City of Vancouver.