The Spoils of the Park
First Solo UK exhibition
at Canada House
Vikky Alexander: The Spoils of the Park
March 1 – May 15, 2018
Canada Gallery, Canada House, London, UK
Vernissage: Thursday, March 1, 2018, 6 – 8.30pm
Vikky Alexander in conversation with
Nigel Prince CAG Executive Director
Thursday March 1, 6.30pm
Mark your calendars! In April of 2018 TrépanierBaer opens an exhibition of new and recent work by Vikky Aleaxander. And if you happen to be on the other side of the pond, you can see Vikky Alexander: The Spoils of the Park, the artist’s first solo exhibition in the UK at Canada House in London opening March 1, 2018.
On invitation from the Canada Gallery at the High Commission of Canada to the United Kingdom, the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver is pleased to present the first UK solo exhibition by Vikky Alexander, a leading practitioner in the field of photo-conceptualism. The program builds on CAG’s existing off-site work with Canadian artists abroad, seen most recently in the five museum venue tour begun in 2015 with artist Liz Magor.
In the 1980s Alexander played a significant role in the group of artists now known as “The Pictures Generation”, who posed a new set of questions concerning art and the nature of representation. The core of Alexander’s artistic proposition lies in the fantastic – in both the literal and figurative senses of the words. While playful, she uses a variety of media and techniques to make her point: mirrors, photographic landscape murals, postcards collected on her travels, photography and video.
The title of the exhibition is taken from the 1882 book by Frederick Olmsted, who designed Mount Royal Park in Alexander’s resident city of Montreal. Highlighting that the needs of the city’s parks were always subservient to the needs of the political machine, this exhibition similarly explores conflicts between nature and culture, urging us to consider how the natural world is often there merely to service human civilization.
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Gazelles at the Harrogate Baths, 2013
Digital ink jet on matte archival paper / 27.5″ x 39.5″
Edition of 3