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IN DIALOGUE WITH CARR: GARETH MOORE
Allochthonous Window


June 29 to December 8, 2013
Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery
Curated by Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art

Emily Carr’s travels to remote locations and the ceramic objects she produced for the tourist market served as
the framework for Vancouver-based artist Gareth Moore’s new work, Allochthonous Window, one of the Gallery’s
In Dialogue with Carr exhibitions.
RIGHT: Installation view of In Dialogue with Carr: Gareth Moore—Allochthonous Window.
Moore travelled through Europe, North America and Asia to investigate sites in which stone has a notable
cultural significance. During his travels the artist produced stone carvings that he exchanged or sold to fellow
travellers, as well as plein-air drawings made with substances from the sites he visited. The resulting installation
focuses on processes of transformation and exchange that are made evident through arrangements of found
and constructed objects. While these objects are unremarkable on their own, they take on meaning as they are
positioned within a larger configuration that forms the completed artwork.
In choosing to present his work in dialogue with a “subordinate” component of Carr’s œuvre—her ceramics—
Moore directs our attention to the histories and narratives that are carried in objects that are often overlooked
and invites us to reflect on broader questions concerning the intersection of æsthetic value, cultural appropriation
and economic necessity.

ARTISTS: Emily Carr, Gareth Moore

Generously Supported by: Jane Irwin and Ross Hill
Visionary Partner: David Aisenstat




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