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Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, Canada
Admission always free

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12 pm - 6 pm
19 Nov 04until2 Jan 05

Steven Shearer

B.C. Binning and Alvin Balkind Galleries

Installation image of works by Steven Shearer. An installation of a children-size house is placed in the corner of the gallery space. Twelve two-dimensional works including prints and drawings are mounted on the walls.

Vancouver based artist Steven Shearer works in a broad range of disciplines including painting and collage, and continues to investigate the vernacular aesthetics of the 1970s as a site for looking at the emancipatory energies and sometimes revolutionary potential of teens and youth. He has assembled a growing archive of photographs, mostly downloaded from the web, of amateur record and tape collections, guitars and other totems of youthful rebellion and identification. He has also produced a number of works anthologizing images of 70s teen pop idols like Shawn Cassidy, whose androgynous sexuality and rapid climb into and then out of the heights of teen fandom is used for its autobiographical metaphors.

The exhibition at the Contemporary Art Gallery will assemble a wide spectrum of Shearer's recent work with the aim of profiling its many convergent strains. The centerpiece for the show will be a recent sculptural installation made from prefabricated parts of steel garden sheds, inside of which a guitar PIA system plays a heavy metal guitar solo specially commissioned by Shearer. The “music” is amplified and distorted by the metal of the shed, creating a keening shrine to angry, cloistered youth.


Steven Shearer has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally and has recently held solo exhibitions at Colin Deland’s American Fine Arts Co., NYC; Mars Gallery, Tokyo; Blum & Poe, LA; and Galleria Franco Noero, Torino. Upcoming solo exhibitions include Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich and Goodwater Gallery, Toronto. Shearer will be exhibiting as part of the group exhibition Pin-Up: Contemporary Collage and Drawing at the Tate Modern, London. Texts on his work have been featured in ARTFORUM and in catalogue essays such as Rock My World by Ralph Rugoff. Shearer’s work has also been commissioned and appropriated by pop culture mags Arena Homme, Dazed & Confused, photographer Terry Richardson, bands Chicks on Speed, Angelblood and Belgian black metalers Spasm.

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