MAIN SPACE EXHIBITION
JANUARY 8 – JANUARY 29, 1988
RECEPTION: FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 1988 AT 8PM
LOCATION: STRIDE GALLERY
722, 11 AVE S.W, CALGARY, ALBERTA
For the past eight years, Eric Cameron has been applying coats of paint, layer upon layer, to 27 ordinary objects that have been a part of his daily life. A pair of shoes, an alarm clock that once woke him every morning, one day’s newspaper, an empty box, a lettuce, a matchbook and a lobster are all among them. Together, the 27 objects have received 80,00 half-coats of paint.
Eric Cameron has created a remarkable body of process-determined conceptual art objects. The veteran Canadian artist is best known for his Thick Paintings in which everyday objects—an alarm clock, a beer bottle, a book of matches, a head of lettuce—are subjected to repeated layerings of gesso (some up to 10,000). This transforms them into weird and unlikely new forms that, layer by layer, are carefully annotated in the artist’s files. With echoes of Marcel Duchamp and modern monochrome abstraction, it’s a well-received approach that has brought Cameron wide curatorial kudos.
ERIC CAMERON is an artist living and working in Calgary, Alberta. Born in 1935 in Leicester, England, Cameron received his B.A. in painting from King’s College, Durham University in Newcastle and his Diploma in Art History from the Courtauld Institute at the University of London. He is currently a Professor of Art at the University of Calgary.