Jack Jeffrey has exhibited his work nationally and internationally since 1977. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Galerie du Tableau, Marseille and Mercer Union, Toronto. Group exhibitions include Recontres #19 at La Vigie Art Contemporain, Nimes, Tracking at the Art Gallery of Windsor and All or Nothing, at La Galerie de la Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille. Jeffrey teaches sculpture at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.
February 1–March 8, 2003
The demarcation of boundaries and the occupation of space has figured strongly in Jack Jeffrey’s long-standing practice. Portable structures that carry the authoritative presence of agencies and bureaus that regulate our public environment traffic cones, hazard symbols, bollards and stantions are considered for their formal qualities and materials and reread as the result of aesthetic choice, as authored. Jeffrey alters these forms, hybridizing and testing their ability to garner attention, hold space and re-route spectatorship.
This exhibition primarily focuses on ‘chocks’, the blocks used to ensure that trucks and other heavy vehicles remain stopped. These are objects that arrest movement, that wedge great volume and weight into a stationary position. They have been produced in materials such as plaster, rubber and wood; their scale has been altered and the relationship between the chock and its handle, the promise of portability has been pushed. In Untitled (Chock #3), a pair of pink wedges dangle from the wall on silky rope like the ballet slippers of lost girlhood while another chock creeps up in scale to become a miniature concrete staircase.
In a counterpoint to the series of ‘full stops’ a new video work, Boundary Road, records the dividing line between the city of Vancouver and the city of Burnaby. From a moving vehicle, the camera records each side of Boundary Road in a north-south, then a south-north direction. Presented on two monitors, this work indicates the arbitrary nature of borderlines as it visually traces similar excursions through residential, commercial, industrial and recreational property. The twenty-minute trips point to the vacant signification of the street name and the eroding function of municipal divisions in the context of amalgamation.
anarchive presents a selection of intriguing objects, catalogues, publications and artists’ books from our archive collection, investigating the relationship between visual art and writing
Alpers, Svetlana (1984) The Art of Describing, University of Chicago Press
Ange, M (1995) Non-Spaces, Verso Bahba, H (1994) The Location of Culture, Routledge
Batchelor, D. (2000) Chromophobia, Reaktion Books
Burgin, V. (1997) In/Different Spaces, Univ. of California Press
Burgin, V. (1996) Some Cities, Reaktion Books Causey, Andrew (1998) Sculpture Since 1945, Univ. of Oxford Press
Foster, H. (1996) The Return of the Real, M.I.T. Press Fyfe, N.(editor) (1998) Images of the Street, Routledge
Goodman, Nelson (1978) Ways of Worldmaking, Hackett Publishing Godfrey, Tony (1998) Conceptual Art, Phaidon Press
Gregory, Derek (1996) Geographical Imaginations, Blackwell Lefebvre, Henri (1996) Writings on Cities, Blackwell
Lefebvre, Henri (1991) The Production of Space, Blackwell McEvilley, Thomas (1999) Sculpture in the Age of Doubt, Allworth Press
Miles, M. (1997) Art, Space and the City, Routledge
Sorkin, Michael(editor) (1992) Variations on a Theme Park, Noonday Press
Tucker, William (1974) The Language of Sculpture, Thames and Hudson
PATRIK ANDERSSON, JACK JEFFREY
March 28, 2003
Artspeak is pleased to host the book launch of Frequent Stops, a publication produced in conjunction with Jack Jeffrey’s exhibition Recent Work which ran at Artspeak from February 1st to March 8th, 2003. In celebration of the publication launch, Patrik Andersson is giving a talk regarding Jeffrey’s work and book.
Title: Frequent Stops
Category: Exhibition Catalogue
Artist: Jack Jeffrey
Writers: Patrik Andersson
Design: Judith Steedman
Year published: 2003
Cover: Hardcover, card
Binding: Perfect Bound
Features: 10 b&w images, 9 colour images
Dimensions: 17.5 x 13 x 0.5 cm
Weight: 112 g
Price: $5 CDN
Frequent Stops is published on the occasion of an exhibition of new work by Jack Jeffrey, which took place at Artspeak between February 1 and March 8, 2003. The demarcation of boundaries and the occupation of space have figured strongly in Jack Jeffrey’s long-standing practice. Portable structures that carry the authoritative presence of agencies and bureaus that regulate our public environment — traffic cones, hazard symbols, bollards and stantions — are considered for their formal qualities and materials and reread as the result of aesthetic choice, as authored. Jeffrey alters these forms, hybridizing and testing their ability to garner attention, hold space and re-route spectatorship.
In Frequent Stops, Patrik Andersson considers the hovering and contingent meaning of the objects offered in the exhibition in relation to modernism and to modernization. Employing a re-reading strategy that parallels Jeffrey’s, his investigation of the sign systems of industry and art (and their respective authoritative claims), beats a path between motion and stasis upon which notions of progress, either aesthetic or economic, depend.