Steven Shearer. Canada Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale
In conversation with Josée Drouin-Brisebois, the curator of the Canada pavilion and Dieter Roelstraete
On the occasion of the 54th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, KW Institute for Contemporary Art and the Embassy of Canada in Berlin, cordially invite you to a presentation of Steven Shearer’s project for the Canada Pavilion.
Dieter Roelstraete, Curator, Museum of Modern Art, Antwerp and editor of Afterall and Josée Drouin-Brisebois, Canada pavilion Curator from the National Gallery of Canada will be in conversation to discuss Steven Shearer’s project for the Canada pavilion at the 54th Biennale di Venezia.
Conversation in English
Canada pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale
June 4 – November 27, 2011
Vancouver-based artist Steven Shearer has received critical acclaim over the last few years for his works in painting, sculpture, photographic compilation and text which address the human subject and its relationship with the outside world. Shearer draws formal and thematic parallels between art history and the iconography associated with various subcultures such as Heavy Metal music.
For his presentation in Venice, Steven Shearer will build a nine-metre high, free-standing mural that acts as a false front for the Canada pavilion and responds to the scale of the adjacent pavilions. The monumental mural will feature a poem written by the artist drawing from the vocabulary of Black/Death metal music. Inside the pavilion a number of figurative paintings, drawings and sculptures will be displayed; these will suggest an alternative side of dissent and social alienation, exposing the vulnerability of the human subject.
The event at KW has been organized in collaboration with the National Gallery of Canada, and the Embassy of Canada, Berlin
For more information on the Canada Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale please visit: www.gallery.ca/venice.