Tuesday, November 18, 2008

You Don't Really Care for Music, Do You?

Red Bull 381 Projects is here to help is wade through this question in a show that opens this Thursday, November 20, from 6:00 to 9pm, at 381 Queen Street West, 2nd Floor

Red Bull 381 Projects presents a major exhibition of four Canadian artists whose work is ingrained in the cultures, lifestyles, thought processes, and at times bizarre and eccentric outgrowths of music enthusiasm: Dave Dyment, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Alana Riley and Tony Romano.

The exhibition draws its title from Dyment’s video Pop Quiz, which features a stream of questions culled from the artist’s extensive record collection. Cheeky and provocative, the question might initially come across as a jab at the viewer, but in the context of these four artists’ work it reveals layers of meaning that address music’s cultural, emotional and transformative qualities. While viewers might feel compelled to defend their investment in music, careful consideration of the show’s title begs further questions: What does it mean to “care for” music? Can music care for us? Is it possible to care too much? Combined, these works reveal a web of associations ranging from fandom, cult obsession, nostalgia, existential rumination and the archival impulse.

Opening reception: Thursday, November 20, 6-9pm
Special Performance: Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay sings Jimmy Somerville, 6PM

Gallery walkthrough with curator Catherine Dean and artists Dave Dyment and Tony Romano: Saturday, December 6, 3pm

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