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  • Marina Roy

    Marina Roy is Vancouver-based artist and writer whose work explores the intersection between language and visual art. She received her BA in French Literature at Université Laval, a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and her MFA from the University of British Columbia. She has shown nationally and internationally, including the Vancouver Art Gallery, Contemporary Art Gallery, the Or Gallery Berlin, Gallery Sumukha, Chennai & Bengaluru, India, and Chisenhale Gallery, London. Roy was recipient of the VIVA award in 2010. In 2001 she published sign after the x (Artspeak/Arsenal Pulp Press), a book that revolves around the letter X and its multiple meanings. She is currently working on the next book, titled Queuejumping. She is Associate Professor of Visual Art at the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia.

Talks & Events

Publication Launch

MARINA ROY
November 15, 2001

Artspeak is pleased to host the launch of Marina Roy’s new book “Sign After the X______”, (Arsenal Pulp Press). “X” is one of the most provocative representations in contemporary culture: a symbol of capital, power, excess and illicit desire. Based on the connection between language and “lack”, Roy investigates the letter “X” that is used in our culture as part of a complex sign system that encompasses the evolution of language back to its mythic origins.

Publications

  • Sign After the X _______

    Title: Sign After the X _______
    Category: Artist Book
    Artist: Marina Roy
    Writers: Marina Roy
    Design: Dean Allen, Solo
    Publisher: Advance Editions, Artspeak
    Year published: 2001
    Pages: 220pp
    Cover: Paperback
    Binding: Perfect Bound
    Process: Offset
    Features: 23 b&w images
    Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 1.5 cm
    Weight: 312 g
    ISBN: 1-55152-112-1
    Price: $8 CDN

    Based on the connection between language and lack, Sign after the x investigates the letter x that is used in our culture as mnemonic, pictographic, and linguistic sign system that encompasses the evolution of language back to its mythic origins.

    Including Roy’s drawings, the book uses narrative, and the conventions of the dedication, preface, introduction, postscript, errata, index and so forth to form a compendium of x words that is part philosophical treatise on the foundations of image and text, part illustration, part math lesson, and part language primer.