Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art and Publication Studio Vancouver launch Yesterday Was Once Tomorrow, Edited by Kegan McFadden • Vancouver Launch: Friday, March 2 | 7pm •
Plug In ICA and Publication Studio Vancouver present:
Edited by Kegan McFadden • Published by Plug In Editions (Winnipeg) with Publication Studio (Vancouver) • Translation provided by Artexte (Montreal) • Foreword by Gwen L. Allen • Introduction by Jenifer Papararo • Insert by Cube
On Friday, March 2, 2018 at 7pm Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art and Publication Studio Vancouver are excited to launch Yesterday was Once Tomorrow (or, A Brick is a Tool). The Vancouver launch will take place at Selector Records/Publication Studio Vancouver. Join Publication Studio for a festive evening including a talk by editor Kegan McFadden with a slideshow illuminating the book, and 90s music. At Plug In ICA the book will be available for a 25% discount from March 2 to 9 in our Book Shop.
Drawing on a methodology of exhibition-as-research, Yesterday was Once Tomorrow (or, A Brick is a Tool). extends a process of investigation by artist, writer, and curator Kegan McFadden. As an exhibition, Yesterday was Once Tomorrow (or, A Brick is a Tool) acts as a historical look at magazines by artists in Canada that were established and terminated in the 1990s. Specifically focusing on Texts (Calgary, 1989-1993), Flower (Toronto, 1992-1996), Talking Stick First Nations Arts Magazine (Regina, 1993-1994), Boo (Vancouver, 1994-1998), The Harold (Winnipeg, 1995-1997), and Cube (Montreal, 1996-1998), Yesterday was Once Tomorrow (or, A Brick is a Tool), debuted at Plug In ICA (2015), and toured to Artexte (2016) and The Banff Centre (2017). The archival impulse is continued in book form, efficiently capturing an under-explored moment in Canadian art history, situated critically within the global technological context of pre-Internet desktop publishing.
Included, in English and French, is a central essay by McFadden reflecting on his curatorial approach and methodology while the main body of the book operates in a similar manner to the exhibition, consolidating the magazines as content and material. Brief recollections from those involved with each of the six magazines coincide with an index chronicling their output, while covers of every issue are scanned and reproduced for posterity. A prescient essay about the state of art criticism in Canada by Bruce Grenville is re-printed thirty years after it originally appeared, followed by a newly commissioned response from Jeanne Randolph, in addition to artist projects and other poetic excerpts from each of the publications. Yesterday was Once Tomorrow (or, A Brick is a Tool) concludes with an archival gesture – the cataloguing of works included in each iteration of the exhibition.
For more information about the publication, or to pre-order a copy of Yesterday was Once Tomorrow (or, A Brick is a Tool), contact: Erin Josephson-Laidlaw at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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