Chris Bentzen interviewed me for Hot Art Wet City, y’all. Thanks, Chris!
Wastelands: Natasha Broad, Alex M.F. Quicho and Daniel Marcus Tatterton
“Survival is the art of staying alive. Mental attitude is as important as physical endurance and knowledge. You must know how to take everything possible from nature and use it to the full, how to attract attention to yourself so that rescuers may find you, how to make your way across unknown territory back to civilization if there is no hope of rescue, navigating without map or compass.”
– John Wiseman, SAS Survival Guide
In his 1986 publication, SAS Survival Guide, John Wiseman organizes skills and knowledge gleaned from his service in the British Special Air Service into a palm-sized instructional handbook. Spanning subjects from trap-building to toxic flora to the usage of wreckage to create rescue signals, it can be terrifying in its frankness, with many sub-sections boxed in red warning against danger or death.
The work brought together in Wastelands taps into the wonder, danger, fear and fascination that lies behind our contemporary relationship to nature. Looking to the social geography of Vancouver as a model, artists Natasha Broad, Alex M.F. Quicho, and Daniel Marcus Tatterton use dark humour, loose cartographies, animals, objects, dreams, and memories to explore the absurdity of a thriving cosmopolis perched on the edge of great wilderness. Together, these works arise from a disjunctive landscape where the wild and our recreational Vancouverite view of it co-exist: the place where cougars maim mountain-bikers, mothers get lost for days on casual hikes, and deejays die in the snow just minutes from their Whistler residences.
Natasha Broad’s body of work highlights relationships in the natural world. For Wastelands, she will be creating drawings of locally-found birds juxtaposed with survival equipment. The animal/object relationship will, at first glance, be a direct one – for example, a woodpecker perched on a wood-marking awl. Behind the immediate satisfaction of image-play, however, Broad’s work moves us to question the dynamic of the human-animal relationship, and provide a closer look into the accidental relationships that living creatures form with the inanimate objects that we leave behind. http://maushunt.com/
Alex M.F. Quicho makes large-scale graphite drawings that incorporate evacuated natural and architectural structures within a void of negative space. Clusters of objects such as knives, lychees, condom foils, pop cans, drug baggies, axes, and so on, are scattered across this inverted landscape as careless litter or perhaps a trail of breadcrumbs left by especially delinquent adventurers. As such, these drawings become a record of not only accident and abandonment, but also of depravity and delinquency – the dangerous, attractive calling-cards of contemporary youth culture. http://www.amfq.net/
Daniel Marcus Tatterton, alias DMT, makes drawings and prints which are hallucinatory, maze-like, and packed with survival structures and occult characters. These are often installed in altar-like format together with gathered materials and small hand-made objects. For Wastelands, Tatterton will be creating a darkly humorous and highly psychoactive survival guide, which will be displayed in both zine and spread format at the exhibition.http://egodaeth.tumblr.com/
I’m co-curating & participating in HUNTING GROUNDS at Emily Carr University on February 16th. Referencing magic, death, desire, survival tactics, hallucinogenic properties, animal relationships, and more, HUNTING GROUNDS explores and recontextualizes our ever-changing connection to the natural world.