23 September to 13 December, 2003
This section of the multi-part, multi-venue soundtracks exhibition that focuses on the image-sound interaction that emerged in the period between 1961 and 1965. Curated by Timothy Long of the Mackenzie Gallery in Regina and Ben Portis of the Art Gallery of Ontario, See Hear! looks at several instances or locuses of vanguard activity in the visual arts that had close relationships with music. The refined and elegant prints from the mid 1960s by the late Yves Gaucher that explored visual parallels for the rhythm, duration, and structure of vanguard music are the starting point for See Hear!.
A second section that delves into two of the Emma Lake Workshops in northern Saskatchewan, those of 1964 and 1965 at which Stefan Wolpé and John Cage (respectively) were one of two guest leaders, will feature works of art by John Cage, Ted Godwin, Ken Lochhead, Ric Gomez, Art McKay and Jules Olitski. A component centred around the Toronto phenomenon known as the Artists' Jazz Band (formed in 1963) will contain paintings or works on paper by Graham Coughtry, Richard Gorman, Nobuo Kubota, Robert Markle, Gordon Rayner and Michael Snow.
Finally, See Hear! will have a section devoted to the artists associated with the London, Ontario-based Nihilist Spasm Band, which began performing in 1965. See Hear! will comprise over sixty works of art, some of which have never been exhibited before.
The exhibition as a whole was conceived by curators Catherine Crowston, Barbara Fischer and Nancy Campbell and explores the relationship between visual art and music in twentieth-century Canada. Sections 1 and 2 of soundtracks will be on at the Edmonton Art Gallery 14 June to 24 August, 2003, and section 3 will be there 27 June to 8 September. In Toronto section 1 (curated by independent curator Andrew Hunter, and focusing on the early decades of the century) will be mounted at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, 20 September - 16 November, 2003. Section 2 (curated by Timothy Long, Mackenzie Gallery in Regina and Ben Portis of the Art Gallery of Ontario) will be at the University of Toronto Art Centre 23 September to 13 December 2003. Facets of Section 3 (the most modern period) will be at the Power Plant, 19 September - 14 December, and at the Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto at Mississauga, 22 October to 14 December, 2003. The entire show will be reunited and up the Mackenzie Gallery in Regina, 14 February to 17 May 2004.