Far Away So Close: Part I is published alongside the exhibition of the same name, featuring written contributions by Vancouver-based artists Raymond Boisjoly, Vanessa Kwan and a foreword by Director/Curator Kimberly Phillips. The texts speak around ideas of distance, “dark magic,” establishing looser and in some sense, even more distant ties to the works in the exhibition.
Raymond Boisjoly is an Indigenous artist of Haida and Québécois descent from Chilliwack, BC, currently based in Vancouver. He is represented by Catriona Jeffries Gallery. This fall, Boisjoly will serve as Lead Faculty for “In Kind” Negotiations, a thematic residency at the Banff Centre.
Vanessa Kwan is a Vancouver-based artist and curator. Her work has been exhibited at a number of galleries and artist-run centres. Recent projects include Sad Sack, a series of collaborations on the subject of melancholy, and Everything Between Open and Closed, a study of signs. She currently works as Curator of Special Projects at grunt gallery, and was curator of performance at the Vancouver Art Gallery from 2008–2014.