Walter Scott: This is Not Prose
Thursday, October 6, 8 pm
Signy Eaton Gallery
Presented as part of AGO First Thursdays
Included with AGO First Thursdays admission
This performance features Walker Scott, the AGO’s fall 2016 Artist-in-Residence, writing on his computer in public, at the AGO, during the one of the Gallery’s First Thursday art parties.
Scott’s computer screen will be projected behind him so visitors can witness his train of thought: the erasing; the copy/pasting; the prose shifting, changing, appearing and disappearing; the very tedious reality of cultural production (not to mention YouTube playlists and Facebook browsing).
Like Wendy, Scott’s comic book series, this performance is a blurring of the lines between the public and private life of an artist. The artist performing as an artist. The artist performing as himself. The time and resource crunch of cultural production made visible. The assembly line of content. The pressures of "programming".
About the Artist
Walter Scott is an interdisciplinary artist working across writing, video, performance and sculpture. In 2011, while living in Montréal, he began a comic book series, Wendy, exploring the narrative of a fictional young woman living in an urban centre who aspires to global success and art stardom but whose dreams are perpetually derailed. The position of the outsider and shape shifter are central to this body of work and the influence of feminist icons such as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde and artist, punk poet, experimental novelist and filmmaker Kathy Acker lingers. Wendy has been featured in Modern Painters, Canadian Art and Mousse Magazine, as well as mentioned in Frieze magazine. It has been published online on Random House of Canada’s digital literary magazine Hazlitt, and The Hairpin. Wendy has also been disseminated as public art projects in Japan, Vancouver and Toronto. In fall 2016, Wendy’s Revenge, the sequel to the 2014 graphic novel Wendy, will be published by Koyama Press. Recent exhibitions include Fictive Communities, Koganecho Bazaar, Yokohama, Japan 2014; Pre-Existing Work, Macaulay & Co. Fine Art, Vancouver 2015; and Stopping the Sun in Its Course, Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles 2015. Walter has performed in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Chicago and Warsaw. He is currently a candidate for an MFA at the University of Guelph, Guelph, ON.