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Marina Roy and Natasha McHardy:
Roy and McHardy

Or Gallery
Vancouver BC Feb 7-Mar 6

Excerpt from Roy and McHardy
Excerpt from Roy and McHardy, (2004), video still
[Or Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Feb 7-Mar 6]


Marina Roy and Natasha McHardy team up in two half-hour video presentations that take their cues from do-it-yourself television programs, sitcoms and literary works by Samuel Beckett and Gustave Flaubert, among others. The artists co-wrote, created and acted in scenes that portray a larger-than-life look at gender issues, competition, “knowledge”, and ethnic biases.

As a duo, Roy and McHardy avert the overriding tradition of the individual artist as a figure of autonomy and unique vision. Their excited play on the idea of do-it-yourself projects underscores the degree to which labour has become fragmented and excessively specialized, and the absurdity of new modes of consumption. In combining the rhetoric of television with literary, theatrical, and artistic strategies and genres, the artists have created a stimulating project that is approachable on many different levels.

Marina Roy in an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory at the University of British Columbia with numerous solo and group exhibitions to her credit. Working in several mediums, Roy’s ideas are inspired by art history, psychoanalysis and popular culture. Natasha McHardy, who graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia only two years ago, already has had her work included in exhibits at the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Belkin Satellite Gallery. McHardy’s work examines contemporary power constructs implicit in class, race and gender, as well as themes of social responsibility and labour versus leisure.

Mia Johnson

 Wed, Feb 4, 2004