Art Metropole is pleased to launch Pact for Adventure, 12 limited edition screen prints in a hardcover folio by Toronto artist Daryl Vocat. Please join us on Saturday, February 16, 2008 1-3 p.m., to celebrate this new work and to meet the artist.
In Pact for Adventure, Vocat continues his exploration of childhood, morality and social dynamics with a collection of redrawn and manipulated illustrations from traditional Boy Scout manuals. Removed from their original context, the characters are immersed in a world of ambiguities. These serial images chronicle a boys world full of defiance, confrontation, intimacy, and mystery. The compositionsâ€™ characters find freedom in theatrics. They imitate the world they inhabit while striving for a subculture of their own. Unburdened by conventions, they become fierce, lips curl to grins, they become outlaws. When no one is watching, they transform and stake claim to a world of their own.
Daryl Vocat is a Toronto-based artist and writer. He has exhibited his work in solo exhibitions across Canada at SNAP Gallery in Edmonton, Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John’s, and at Malaspina Printmaker’s Gallery in Vancouver. His work has travelled the United States and Europe as part of an international folio project stemming from the book Printmaking at the Edge, by Richard Noyce. His writing and images have been published in Xtra, Shameless Magazine, and in the YYZine. For more information about the artist please visit darylvocat.com
Pact for Adventure, by Daryl Vocat, self-published, Toronto, 2007.
Signed and numbered edition of 100. Twelve loose screen prints, printed on Magnani Velata 140 gram acid-free paper, each 5.75 × 6.75 inches. Housed in a 6.75 × 7.75 inch hardcover folio bound in green Canson paper and foil stamped and embossed in gold. $120.
Available for purchase online and at our book and multiple shop.
Pact for Adventure was hand-printed and assembled at Atelier Imago (Moncton), and at Open Studio (Toronto), in 2007. Special thanks to Anne Koyama.
Special Offer from the Artist: Want art? Get a tattoo!
I’d like to announce an offer. A barter? A call for blood? A request for your undying slavish devotion? If you are interested in getting a tattoo of any of the images from my folio, Pact For Adventure, prove it. Get in touch with me, and I’ll send you a clean, clear high-resolution version of whatever image you’ve got your eyes on. Once you get the tattoo done, send me photo documentation (actual prints) of the process. In exchange, I will give you a free copy of the folio. Got any connections to tattoo shops?
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 Torontoâ€™s Open Studio.
He has had solo exhibitions at Torontoâ€™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 Johnâ€™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.