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[1.03.12 - 31.03.12] Jim Holyoak - Canada


" My work explores the bridges and boundaries between perception, memory and fantasy, through drawing, writing and installation. What we remember, imagine, and think about has powerful effects on how we feel, how we perceive the world, and on our behaviour. This is what prevents me from dismissing the imaginary as unreal".


Jim Holyoak fra Canada

Name: Jim Holyoak

Nationality: Canadian

Homeland: Canada

Town: Montréal

Age: 33

How long are you resident? From March 1st until March 31st

Have you been in Trondheim before? No

Do you wish to get in touch with somebody in Trondheim?

Local and foreign artists. They could be visual artists, musicians, writers… but I’d especially like to meet others working with drawing.

Is it something you look forward to…?

I look forward to making some new friends, getting lost in my work, and investigating ways in which folktales blend supernatural and natural worlds.
I’d like to learn about Norwegian monsters.

 

About you work

Discipline: Drawing, writing, installation

Technique: Chinese ink, graphite, charcoal, paper

Statement: My work explores the bridges and boundaries between perception, memory and fantasy, through drawing, writing and installation. What we remember, imagine, and think about has powerful effects on how we feel, how we perceive the world, and on our behaviour. This is what prevents me from dismissing the imaginary as unreal.

Though the content of my artwork ranges from the biological to the magical, there is a persistent focus on the relationship between culture and nature, human and non-human animals, deep time and the present. The animals I contemplate most are the species that never existed, don’t exist anymore, and that are threatened with extinction. For example, I love dinosaurs because they are completely real and completely imaginary – they are monsters for real. This tension between what is real and imaginary, what once existed and no longer exists, is the uniting principle in all my work.

 

Plans for your residency?

My project will be to make daily drawings and paintings, and to assemble them into a large-format, handmade book called Book of Nineteen Nocturnes. My intention is for the book to be an interactive and sculptural, with pages that may be touched by viewers / readers, for exhibition both in Europe and back in Canada.

I have recently finished editing the 200 pages of text that comprise the written component of the Book of Nineteen Nocturnes. Each of the 19 chapters are nightscapes, echoing the genres of painterly and musical nocturnes. The story is a fairytale, set in a phantasmagorical world without sunrise, in which the characters are wandering monsters. It is about being lost, lonely and homesick.

My goal is to draw and assemble approximately one chapter per week. These drawings and ink-paintings will then be collaged with the text, and reassembled to form an enormous book with a hand-sewn spine. Beyond direct illustration of the text, the themes I’ll visually explore are the relationships between nature and culture, the human and non-human, the real and unreal.

 

 

 

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