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24 Sep. 2005

Book launch for Daryl Vocat's A Boy's Will

Daryl Vocat
1 pm - 5 pm

Art Metropole is please to announce the release of a new limited edition by Daryl Vocat. The hard cover folio is hand bound with Canson paper over esca board, heat stamped with gold foil, embossed, 6.75 × 7.75 inches. It contains 10 screen prints on Magnani Velata 140 Gram acid-free paper. Each print 5.75 × 6.75 inches. Limited edition of 100, signed and numbered, available for purchase through our website and at our book and multiple shop, priced at $120.00 CDN.

A Boy’s Will is a small format, hard cover, limited edition folio, consisting of 10 screen prints. Largely derived from found and manipulated drawings from old Boy Scout manuals, the work explores a world where young boys create rituals, form bonds and explore dubious notions of morality. Adults are scorned and children assert their autonomy. The voice of authority bellows unanswered, as it were.

Rather than being simply victims of neglect, Vocat’s boys assert outsider identities, investigate power dynamics, and lay claim to a culture of their own making.

Part of the artist’s ongoing exploration of childhood and identity, A Boy’s Will reveals a secret world behind the good intentions of the popular world-wide Boy Scout movement. Vocat’s manipulation of Boy Scout imagery is part homage to and part critique of the original source, exposing in the process the private world of young boys, tagging along as they fumble between expectation and desire.

Produced with support from the Ontario Arts Council.

Daryl Vocat , born in Regina, Saskatchewan, is a visual artist living and working in Toronto. He completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, and his Master of Fine Arts degree at York University in Toronto. His main focus is printmaking, specifically screen printing. He works out of Toronto’s Open Studio.

He has had solo exhibitions at Toronto’s Thrush Holmes Empire, Open Studio, and York Quay Gallery. He has also had solo exhibitions at SNAP gallery and Latitude 53 in Edmonton, Eastern Edge Gallery in St John’s, James K. Bartleman Art Gallery in Elliot Lake, The Wilfred Laurier Gallery in Waterloo, and Malaspina Printmakers Gallery in Vancouver. He has participated in several group exhibitions both in Canada and beyond, including an internationally touring exhibition titled Further, Artists From Printmaking at the Edge. Most recently he had work in the New Prints exhibition at the International Print Center New York.

His work has been acquired by the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives, The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in NYC, The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery permanent collection in British Columbia, The Saskatchewan Arts Board permanent collection, and the City of Toronto Fine Art collection. His artwork has been published in YYZine from YYZ Gallery in Toronto, Briarpatch magazine from Regina, and Printmaking at the Edge by Richard Noyce, published in Great Britain.


1: Artists Daryl Vocat with Andy Fabo.
2: Artists Luis Jacob and Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay.
4: Daryl Vocat.
5: Tom Dean and Fern Bayer.
6: on the left, Gerald Hannon and Peter Kingstone; center background, John Greyson and Ann Dean; Joel Gibb checks out SHOOT 3.

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