Part I, Rodney Graham and Tacita Dean

Taking the lighthouse as its subject matter, Part I includes Tacita Dean’s film Disappearance at Sea and Rodney Graham’s large photographic work, The Lighthouse Keeper with Lighthouse Model 1955, as well as a selection of historic objects and materials from the Vancouver Maritime Museum, the BC Maritime Museum and the Vancouver Archives. The exhibition is the first in a series about the sea that will take place at the gallery over the next three years.

Lighthouses have long held a place in art and literature. Behind these fictional representations are the remarkable stories of the engineers that built the lighthouses and the keepers that have manned them through the centuries. Alongside feats of daring and rescue is the reality of the isolation, tedium and deprivation of the lighthouse keepers life, a life of watching and waiting. The works of both Tacita Dean and Rodney Graham presented in the exhibition eloquently speak of this condition.

Both Rodney Graham and Tacita Dean are two of contemporary arts leading artists and have exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the world and have numerous publications dedicated to their work. Based in Vancouver, Graham had a major retrospective of his work tour to venues throughout Europe in 2010. He is represented by the Lisson Gallery, London, 303 Gallery New York and Donald Young Gallery in Chicago. Berlin-based Tacita Dean’s major film work Craneway Event is currently on exhibition at The Common Guild in Glasgow and she has a solo exhibition in Vienna this March.

January 19th to February 20th, 2011

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