Originally from England and currently living in Canada, where he has spent the greater part of his life, Eric Cameron is a major figure in Canadian art. Eric Cameron is best known for his famous Thick Paintings, a series of conceptual sculptures composed of a significant object having belonged to someone close to the artist and progressively covered with countless layers of gesso.
A multidisciplinary artist, critic and professor, he is the author of a series of masterful works as well as numerous essays about his own work and that of other artists.
Record of Work exposes artistic creation but also the notion of work. The exhibition presents a group of sculptures from the series “in progress” entitled Thick Paintings (to be continued), as well as a selection of “Sheets of check marks” which have considerable documentary importance in so much as they attest to Eric Cameron’s work programme over the last thirty years.
In an exhaustive manner, Eric Cameron has been tirelessly making notes to remind himself of what – that is to say, what material and what number of operations – has gone into each object he has created; and, in passing, of what has gone into his own life, in so far as it has been largely devoted to the creation of these objects. Grouped together in a Ledger, the “Sheets of check marks” are in some way the mathematical portrait of the artist in the continuity and discontinuity of his cumulated gestures. The exhibition Record of Work aims to reveal the nature of this unusual relationship to a work of art and to a document.
A new version of this exhibition, produced in collaboration with Maurice Fréchuret, will be presented at the Musée Chagall in Nice (France) in the spring of 2010.
A publication, published by the Canadian Cultural Centre, accompanies the exhibition:
Eric Cameron : Record of Work, preface by Louise Blais and essays by Eric Cameron and Catherine Bédard. Bilingual French / English – 472 pages – 17x 24 cm
38 colour reproductions – 292 black and white reproductions – 36 €. Available at the Canadian Cultural Centre or upon request at: firstname.lastname@example.org