Carleton University Art Gallery CUAG

Dennis Tourbin: The Language of Visual Poetry

Curated by Marcie Bronson; Organized and circulated by Rodman Hall Art Centre / Brock University

03 February – 27 April 2014

A pioneer of interdisciplinary practice in Canada, Dennis Tourbin produced a distinctive body of work integrating the written word with painting, drawing, video and performance. From the early 1970s until his death in 1998, Tourbin’s prescient work engaged mass media, using mediated text and imagery in explorations of language and meaning. Part documentarian and part storyteller, Tourbin employed the aesthetics of collage and a serial approach in the drawings and vivid paintings he called “visual poems.”

Tracing Tourbin’s practice from his first painting to his final print, this retrospective is the first comprehensive consideration of the artist’s oeuvre. In addition to a survey of Tourbin’s major works, a selection of journals, scrapbooks, and painted objects illustrate his process and fastidious documentation of everyday life. A prolific creator, Tourbin’s artistic practice and daily experience were inextricably linked.

Although the exhibition is anchored by CUAG, related programming will be presented by Gallery 101 and SAW Video, in recognition of Tourbin’s contribution to the development of local artist-run culture.

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