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Jimmie Durham: Knew Urk

Kamloops Art Gallery
Kamloops BC – Apr 1-May 13, 2007

Jimmie Durham - Pretty Paint on Blue Granite

Jimmie Durham, Pretty Paint on Blue Granite (2005), acrylic paint on granite [Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops BC, Apr 1-May 13]

Arkansas-born and Rome-based artist, writer, and activist Jimmie Durham has exhibited widely at venues including the Venice Biennale; Whitney Biennial, NY; Matt’s Gallery, London; Documenta; DAAD Gallery, Berlin; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, London.

Knew Urk provides a rare opportunity for Canadians to see his work. It was shown at the Walter Phillips Gallery in 2005 and in reduced format at Western Front, Vancouver in 2006. It is Jimmie Durham’s first solo exhibition in Canada and his first solo exhibition in North America in over a decade. The Kamloops venue is the last installation of Knew Urk in North America.

The exhibit combines elements of painting, assemblage, sculpture and works in stone that focus on themes of European culture and architecture. Stone has been a significant part of Durham’s artistic practice over the past decade. He uses it to represent all things structured: architecture, monumentality, and belief. He in turn prefers to “rearrange” stones than create new pieces with new materials. The arrangements point to what he describes as the “heavy, laden metaphors” attached to stone and its European history. 

Knew Urk was curated by Candice Hopkins and Rob Blackson. It was co-organized by staff at the Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff and the Reg Vardy Gallery, University of Sunderland, UK.


Mia Johnson

Jimmie Durham - Maquette for Particle/Wave Theory #2

Jimmie Durham, Maquette for Particle/Wave Theory #2 (2005) , stone, acrylic paint, model boat [Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops BC, Apr 1-May 13]

 Fri, Apr 6, 2007