Eric Metcalfe is a Canadian artist, born 1940 in Vancouver. He has exhibited at the University of British Columbia Fine Arts Gallery in 1967, Victoria Art Gallery in 1968; and was included in the 1970 Whitney Museum of American Art exhibition New York Correspondence School, and Morris/Trasov’s Image Bank Postcard Show, in 1971. In 1969 Metcalfe married artist Kate Craig, collaborating together as Dr. Brute and Lady Brute. Metcalfe’s Leopard Reality research led to exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery, collaborations with Mr. Peanut and Marcel Dot, General Idea, and Hank Bull, and performance at the 1974 Decca Dance in Los Angeles. Metcalfe also produced and performed in film and video extensively from 1972, in 1973 co-founding the Western Front artists’ centre in Vancouver and from 1978 curating its performance programme. Metcalfe’s recent Attic Project showed at the Kamloops Art Gallery, The Southern Alberta Art Gallery and the Charles H. Scott Gallery.
Between 1978 and 1999, Eric Metcalfe curated over 400 performances at the Western Front. Inspired by this rich history, Eric has produced four works on paper, and generously donated them to assist Artspeak in our fundraising efforts.
Created in October 2003, this suite of four ‘drawings from memory’ are unique records of four important performance works by international artists presented during that period, and combine the graphic strength of Eric’s diverse and prolific practice. The suite includes renderings of Mona Hatoum’s The Negotiating Table of December 1983, Rose English’s November 1983 performance, Holly Newman’s Short in the Dark of October 1998 and the Kipper Kids performance of October 1979.
All works are goache and pencil on paper, 8.25″ x 11.75″, matted, signed and dated.