This two-person exhibition examines the links between visual and textual narrative. The basic structure of “time, place and setting” used to construct fiction, is implemented into the painting and writing of their works to convey a seemingly linear storyline. Both Hunter and Mayr use personal experiences as a place to publically examine notions of love, relationships and sexuality. Hunter works with the painted image to suggest a story, whereas Mayr develops prose to the extent of visual and image representation. Absurdity and humour become rendered/read as the viewer/reader tries to delineate a possible outcome.
Geoff Hunter will exhibit part of an ongoing series of self-portraits, dating back to the mid-eighties until today. These often humorous and intimate images have become Hunter’s “alternate” practice to the multi-layered abstract, commercial paintings he is recognized for. Rich in color, each portrait is connected to a moment of time within his life: working as a dishwasher; living in Saskatoon; having a garage as a studio. Suzette Mayr, a Calgary-based poet and fictional writer, will produce a short story for the exhibition. Mayr’s writing is compiled of disjointed narratives that interlink throughout the text. Her characters are often transforming, both physically and psychologically, as they endure the everyday complications of life. Excerpts from the story will be on the wall with the full version in catalogue format.
Geoff Hunter is a Calgary based artist that currently teaches at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Hunter has exhibited nationally, and was recently part of a group exhibition, Trace for ArtWeek 2000 and had a recent solo exhibition at Paul Kuhn Gallery.
Suzette Mayr is a Calgary author that has published two books of fiction, Moon Honey and The Widows, as well as a book of poetry, Zebra Talk. Mayr has studied at both the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta, receiving a M.A. in English from the U of A. Mayr is an instructor at the Alberta College of Art and Design in the Humanities Department.