The MNG LRT Space Presents: Liam J Black + David Videla – an Object, outdated (or antiquated)
Exhibition Runs: Dec 18, 2019 – Jan 24, 2020
Artist Statement + Biography
On October 24th, 2019 a “Canada’s Economic Action Plan” sign located on the Alberta University of the Arts campus was taken down by 2 students and 4 technicians as a documented performance. an Object, outdated (or antiquated) is a collaborative exhibition that re-contextualizes a useless object. By stripping the sign from its hierarchical position six meters above the ground on the institution’s brick exterior, the artists have taken collective action against the political messaging of the sign. The sign now rests against an unsteady pile of bricks. These bricks themselves are in the process of being dismantled, physically undermining the sign’s position.
Stephen Harper replaced the term “budget” with “Canada’s Economic Action Plan” beginning in 2009, a practice that would continue until the Conservative’s defeat in 2015. Existing as both a budget and an economic funding program, signage was required at every government-funded job site before the project’s completion. There was no such requirement for the removal of the signs as per the Privy Council Office: “project signage for funded projects is not considered advertising, and are thus not the government’s responsibility to remove”.
Tens of thousands of signs still remain country-wide, promoting this long-dead government initiative.
Liam J Black Bio: Liam J Black (b.1998) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Treaty 7 Territory (Mohkinstis/ Calgary, Alberta). He is currently completing his BFA at the Alberta University of the Arts. His practice is concerned with remediating matter into assemblages in order to promote acknowledgment, respect, and fear of vibrant matter. He creates tension while progressively exploring order and disorder within new materialism.
David Videla Bio: David Videla (b. 1997) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Treaty 7 Territory (Mohkinstis/Calgary, Alberta). They are currently completing their BFA at the Alberta University of the Arts. Their artistic practice is broadly concerned with concepts of exile, reincarnation, and multicultural identity through sculptural assemblages/collage and video work.