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Ian Wallace
From January 7th 1980 to February 2nd 1980
Work, 1979

Invited by Sorel Cohen.

Exhibition also showcased at The Vancouver Art Gallery from September 21st to October 21st 1979. For this occasion, the gallery published a catalogue with a foreword by Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker :
"Work 1979 is constructed on the formal problematic of image-making and the kinds of meaning available to a culture through various means of reproduction. The exhibition links symbolic meaning (especially metonymy) with superficial values : it exploits the surface materiality of the two dimensional image and engages the sceptic drive – the drive to consume and define meaning visually.
The scale of these works (9 feet x 18 feet, 3 feet x 48 feet) locates the viewer inside the landscape of ‘lookout’ (in a reflexive comment on the process of viewing) but also distances the viewer from the intimacy and specificity of ‘image/text’.
Both works explore two systems: the sensory (through colour) and the semiotic. The semiotic involves codes of representation, the sign displacing the idea, the materiality of language, autobiography, its architecture, the room of the studio as a model for the mind itself."

"[...] we have a very eclectic history. Optica is seven years old and has had over one hundred exhibitions in that time. We were founded by Bill Ewing as a private non commercial photography gallery. Since that time we have expanded several times, and have expanded the policy of the gallery as well. We still have a very strong emphasis on photography and photo related work. The old invitations that I am sending you only represents some of the shows that we have had. A good indication of our history is to look at the names in the auction kit, which was a retrospective show as well. Some of the missing people in the retrospective were people like Henri Cartier Bresson, etc."
- Internal document (Optica) : correspondence between Richard Buchanan and Ian Wallace, May 3rd 1979

Bibliographie
- «Montreal, Contemporary murals», Réalités, Museum Tour, An International Sampling of Current Art Exhibitions, janvier-février 1980, p.112.