Photographic works by Destiny Deacon and Evergon are brought together in an exhibition that manifests the power of symbolic objects to stir a range of emotions, from bitter anger to sublimated desire. Deacon, an Australian Aboriginal artist, constructs powerful political messages about race, gender, violence, and sexuality from dolls, souvenirs, and other pieces of kitsch that preserve stereotypes. Evergon is a peripatetic Canadian artist whose recent work places his personal collection of “gay sexist” objects before a view camera set up in his home. This charged symbolic setting is sometimes entered by the artist or his model.
Evergon was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, in 1946. Major solo exhibitions include Evergon 1971−1987, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography and touring internationally 1988−91; Evergon 1987−1997, National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford, England, 1997; Ramboys: A Bookless Novel and Other Fictions, Ottawa Art Gallery, 1995; Evergon: An Aesthetic of the Perverse, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, 1999. His numerous awards include the Canada Council’s Petro Canada Art & Technology Award and the Lynch-Staunton Award. Evergon holds a Master’s degree in fine arts from Rochester Institute of Technology, New York. He teaches in the photography department at Concordia University.
Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery, Concordia University
1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd West
(514) 848-2424 #4047
Unstilled Lives: Destiny Deacon and Evergon
August 30, 2005 – October 1, 2005
Tuesday to Saturday 12:00-6:00pm
Opening Thursday September 8, 2005 from 5:00-8:30pm, Evergon will be present