Coral Arrand, Persimmon Blackbridge, Rodney Clark, Alexandra Dikeakos, Jean Kamins, Robert Minden, Colleen O'Neill, Leslie Poole, Chick Rice, Henri Robideau, Jim Woodward
From November 3rd 1981 to November 21st 1981 Couples, une exposition d'oeuvres d'artistes de Vancouver
Images of couples are scarcely a rare phenomenon, though the conditions most commonly portrayed in them are those of disunion and disharmony. Most often than not, these works are about states of antagonism, loneliness, scorn, martyrdon, manipulation, mindlessness, objectification, inequity, self-absorbed lust, or a virtually axiomatic disconnectedness between the dual constructs of Femininity and Masculinity. Absent from most images of couples are such experiences, generosity, conversation, interchange, sympathy, humanity, consciousness, and irreplaceability.
Images per se—whatever their focus, purpose, or context—are more than just information and decoration. They also instruct, inculcate, advise, reinforce, and imply possibility. While not advocating the case of society's militant mainstream, the works in this exhibition do testify to the possibility that minds and bodies and hearts can commingle. There is evidence here of "willing bonds" between people, as Chick Rice has put it. I have been instructed and delighted by these images, and it had been my great pleasure to assemble them.
- Avis Lang Rosenberg