Performance: January 24 @ 7pm
Bringing together recent works that span photography, video, drawing, sculpture and performance, Jimmy Robert’s solo exhibition for Western Front centers on conversations—between image and text, text and movement, performance and objecthood. Through these works, Robert positions reading as the central gesture to move through these relationships. Here, reading happens across language, image and material as elements present in the works in the gallery. Extending from these, the exhibition places Robert’s practice in conversation with the history of movement art practices at the Western Front. Through dialogues with original Western Front member Jane Ellison, Robert will develop a new performance to be presented in the gallery.
Jimmy Robert was born in Guadeloupe in 1975 and currently lives and works in Bucharest. His multidisciplinary practice encompasses performance, photography, film, video and drawing. Robert typically uses photography as a starting point for his works on paper, breaking down the divisions between two and three dimensions, as well as image and object. In some works Robert uses found photographs that he tears, collages, tapes and crumples before digitally scanning them and pinning them to the wall. In other works, Robert takes new photographs in his studio and crams them into wooden boxes or arranges them on the gallery floor. His sculptures similarly give the illusion of paper forms and often play with notions of value and durability. Integrated within his photographic and sculpture practice, performance remains a central part of Robert’s work. His dance and performance works also oscillate between image and objecthood as well as the personal and the political.
Jane Ellison is a Vancouver-based dancer, teacher and artist focused in embodied anatomy and somatic practices. Since 1975 Ellison has participated in, organized and led numerous performances and workshops at the Western Front, with her ongoing improvisational movement class Boing situated at the centre of this practice. Ellison’s cross-disciplinary work reflects and is influenced by the Western Front itself, a building that has acted as a studio space, gallery, dance studio and home to artists. Between 1990 and 2008 her position on faculty at Studio 58, Langara College’s acclaimed theatre school, provided another platform for her research into the relationships between movement, art, performance and life.
Presented with the generous support of the Consulat général de France à Vancouver.