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John Massey: The House That Jack Built

Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery:
University of British Columbia
Vancouver BC – thru May 20, 2007

John Massey - Jack In Situ, #5
John Massey, Jack In Situ, #5 (1998-99) gelatin silver print [Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, through May 20]


John Massey is one of Canada's foremost conceptual artists. He is the son of a prominent architect, the grandson of Vincent Massey, and the descendant of a patrician family of arts patrons. Massey became a sculptor, filmmaker, installation artist and photographer. He was an early adopter of digital photography and continues to combine conventional photography with computer manipulation.

Since the late 1970s, Massey’s work has involved photographs of architectural interiors and the articulation of scale models of rooms. It has been shown in major exhibitions in Germany, the United States, France, Australia, and Canada. In 2001, Massey was awarded the Gershon Iskowitz Award for lifetime achievement.

The House That Jack Built is organized and circulated by the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in Ottawa. The exhibition features Massey’s work over the past two decades, during which photography has become an increasingly important element in his art. Taking its title from the Mother Goose nursery rhyme, it features the installation Room 202, A Model for Johnny; photographic works from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000; as well as a recent project produced for the touring exhibition, Phantoms of the Modern.

www.belkin-gallery.ubc.ca

Mia Johnson

John Massey - Twilight (Photo 4) from Modern Waiting Area
John Massey, Twilight (Photo 4) from Modern Waiting Area (1997-1998), gelatin silver print [Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, through May 20]


John Massey - Room 202, A Model for Johnny
John Massey, Room 202, A Model for Johnny (1980), installation, soundtrack, detail of model [Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, through May 20]

 Fri, Apr 6, 2007