Canada triumphant in Venice

Steven Shearer is Canada’s entrant at the Venice Biennale: and here’s the blurb… Rot-munching architects proceed with caution. Want more? Punish yourself: there’s still more. And yet more – altho the relation between outside and inside (Heavy Metal and Fin de Siecle) is thinning…


#1 max on 06.03.11 at 10:33 am

The art-talk about this from the National Galley of Canada is irresistible, so I’ve shortened and amended it a bit:

On the approach to the Canada Pavilion, Shearer has created a nine-metre-high free-standing mural in response to the architecture of the adjacent British and German Pavilions. The mural is part of a false entrance to the Pavilion via a tool shed-like structure, one of Shearer’s signature motifs. This monumental facade features a new poem written by the artist, drawing from the vocabulary of Black and Death metal music, which conjures the sublime, nihilistic power of language, and seeks to provoke a visceral response in viewers. Shearer originally wanted to dig traps full of sublime pointed sticks along the walkway for visitors to fall into, which would certainly provoke a visceral response, and also to hang complex and insightful electrical cords from the surrounding trees which would give viewers intense electric shocks as they approached the pavilion, but decided finally to simply throw shit in their faces (symbolically, of course) with the “mural” and simultaneously to give the finger to both Britain and Germany, which turned out to be a lot cheaper than actually making anything – an important consideration since Shearer thought he might personally profit by pocketing most of the money being thrown down this toilet in order to show Canada’s art to the world. Shearer says, “Most of what passes for political discourse on the internet is ill-informed offensive crap, so I figured I might as well get on the bandwagon.” Prime Minister Stephen Harper, leader of Canada’s Conservative government, observes that, “The artist has always been a great favourite of mine, especially because we have the same first name. Mr. Shearer’s death metal vocabulary reminds me of our recent election campaign with its guttural roars, grunts, snarls, and low gurgles colloquially known as death growls. Like political oratory, the lyrical themes of death metal include topics like anti-religion, occultism, social commentary, crime, abortion, torture and rape. One of our main election promises was to build more and more jails, so you can see why my party likes Mr. Shearer’s attitude and we’re very pleased to have him represent our fine country abroad.”

#2 ampersand duck on 06.03.11 at 11:44 am

I feel like I should be smoking a cigarette (or whatever post-coital activity takes place in movies now) after reading that.

#3 Megxx on 06.03.11 at 7:53 pm

He’s playing our song.

#4 Perk Cartel on 06.08.11 at 5:29 pm

empty yawn

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