Footsteps at an Exhibition with Michael Turner
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Taking its cue from 19th century composer Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition (1874), Footsteps at an Exhibition is an at-times ekphrastic response to visual artworks. However, whereas Mussorgsky’s sonic exhibition is based on the composer’s selection of travel drawings and watercolours made by Viktor Hartmann, Footsteps begins with the curated exhibition and takes the form of a walking -- and talking -- tour through the gallery space.

For this iteration of Footsteps, attendees are invited to gather at the Kamloops Public Library, where questions that inspired Samuel Roy-Bois’s Presences exhibition will be reviewed, followed by a brief literary reading based on related thematics. From there, the talk moves across the lobby to the Kamloops Art Gallery for a conversational walk through the exhibition proper.

Through sculpture, photography and installation, Roy-Bois examines the relational network of objects and their historical resonance: How do we define ourselves through the creation of structures? Is it possible to conceive of one’s existence outside any material linkage? We make things, but are things making us?

Footsteps at an Exhibition first premiered at the Kelowna Art Gallery’s 2017 A Legacy of Canadian Art from Kelowna Collections exhibition guest curated by Roger H. Boulet. Since then it has been performed privately at a number of museums and galleries, including the Vancouver Art Gallery, Los Angeles County Museum, Hammer Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Museum of Modern Art (NYC).

Michael Turner divides his time between unceded Coast and Interior Salishan territory. His books include Hard Core Logo, The Pornographer’s Poem, Fred Herzog: Vancouver Photographs (with Grant Arnold) and, most recently, 9x11 and other poems like Bird, Nine, x and Eleven. His art criticism has appeared in Art:21, Canadian Architect, Canadian Art, Mousse and Modern Painters. He is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Graduate Studies at OCAD University.
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