Has The Artist Been Paid?
ARTIFACTS (Pam Patterson and Leena Raudvee)
Carbon Art and Design
281b Main Street, Picton,
Prince Edward County, ON
October 10 - 20, 2019
ARTIFACTS (Pam Patterson & Leena Raudvee) have for over 30 years made performances, videos and visual exhibitions. Each exhibition has resonated within time and place and has evolved from the shifting lives and relationship of these two women. One might think of artefacts in this instance as the detritus that remains from work which is stored – perhaps deliciously hidden – clouded in dust in some obscure location. All it takes is to dust off the scripts, objects, drawings and photographs and reshow them. But as reflection is so key to ARTIFACTS’ process, the “objects” become reworked from memories, traces and images. They are reread, reclaimed, and re-contextualized and given a new life as the unique and the quirky.
For Has the Artist Been Paid? ARTIFACTS explores the seemingly financial futility of working as a contemporary artist in Canada. Examining themselves as minimally paid cultural workers, Patterson & Raudvee build and re-work using a variety of media: video, objects, and photo-based images. The exhibition addresses this notion of the artist at work by re-purposing mass-produced objects within the context of de/re-production. These mass-produced objects are altered and acquire an elevated status as art object.
photography, Leena Raudvee.
some photographs within the exhibition by Miklos Legrady