Artist Talk: Shannon Bool

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555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, British Columbia

Join us for talk by Canadian artist Shannon Bool. Bool will discuss her recent installation at the Yaletown-Roundhouse Station, Flight of the Medici Mamluk and her new CAG commission Michelangelo’s Place alongside recent projects.Shannon Bool

‘Michelangelo’s Place’
May 1 to June 28

The Contemporary Art Gallery presents the second part of a new commission in 2015 with Canadian artist Shannon Bool. Located near to the gallery entrance is Michelangelo’s Place, the final version in a series of marble benches Bool has recently produced. The sculpture references the benches found circling the elevated Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence, built in 1869 to showcase copies of Michelangelo’s most famous works and to provide a panoramic view of the city. At the Contemporary Art Gallery, Bool’s sculpture references the benches’ scale and appropriates the graffiti that covers them some of which is over 100 years old. These energetic gestures of incision, gouging and defacing subvert the benches’ functionality by drawing attention to the individual experiences of the Piazzale’s visitors who chose to leave their own marks instead of consuming the magnificent views of the renaissance.

Shannon Bool, Michelangelo’s Place (2013), (detail).
Courtesy Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto.
Photograph by Jennifer Sciarrino.