Glue Pour, 1969/2022
archival inkjet print, uneditioned
45.7 x 30.5 cm (unframed)
58.8 x 43.6 cm (framed)
Courtesy of the Artist
From the late 1960s to the mid ’70s, Christos Dikeakos’s photographic practice played an important role in the development of conceptual photography in Vancouver. His work engages in the memories, histories, and urban typologies within contemporary cityscapes. Glue Pour documents a project realized with American artist Robert Smithson, who was known for his land art. Dikeakos states that “Glue Pour, for Smithson, was to be a study in erosional aesthetics. As it was happening, there must have been ideas and thoughts realized, like the multiple identities that occur in a fluid state of past to present time.” The location of the site was identified by two signs: a yellow sign that read “Information,” recalling the title of a 1970 MoMA exhibition of conceptual art, and another sign almost at the edge of the pour site that read “Do Not Dump Refuse.” The site is within what is today called Pacific Spirit Regional Park, BC.
Dikeakos has been exhibiting since 1969 and has presented work at venues such as the Vancouver Art Gallery; Kelowna Art Gallery; McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton; Portland Institute of Contemporary Art; and Whatcom Museum of Art, Bellingham, amongst others. His works can be found in numerous national and international collections. Dikeakos was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, and currently lives and works in Vancouver.
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