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MYFANWY MACLEOD,
or There and Back Again

March 8 to June 8, 2014
Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery in collaboration with Museum London and curated by Grant Arnold, Audain
Curator of British Columbia Art, Vancouver Art Gallery, and Cassandra Getty, Curator of Art, Museum London

Since the mid-1990s, Vancouver-based artist Myfanwy MacLeod has become widely known for making art that
traverses the boundaries that define high culture and mass entertainment in a satirical investigation of social
power. Hinging on linguistic slippages and unexpected flashes of recognition, she uncovers new meanings and
points of intersection within iconic episodes in popular culture and the history of modern art. Simultaneously
amusing and troubling, her work has used overt references to Stanley Kubrick’s popular films and included
origami sculptures from images of the murdered Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten.
Myfanwy MacLeod, or There and Back Again featured new works produced specifically for this exhibition, in
which the sexually charged music of Led Zeppelin and the writing of J.R.R. Tolkien are key references. These
included Ramble On , a 1977 Chevrolet Camaro stripped of much of its bodywork and engine that hangs on a
rotisserie stand like a beast in the process of being roasted, and Stack , a large-scale wall-mounted work that
resembles the wall of Marshall speaker cabinets used by Led Zeppelin to produce heavily amplified sound for
their stadium concerts.

ARTIST: Myfanwy MacLeod

Visionary Partner for British Columbia Artist Exhibitions: David Aisenstat
Generously supported by: Douglas E. Bolton
Publication Support: RBC, Jane Irwin and Ross Hill

BELOW: Installation view of Myfanwy MacLeod, or There and Back Again and Artist’s Choice: Cock and Bull , showing work by Anthony
Caro (foreground) and Myfanwy MacLeod (background)
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