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Lorna Bauer, The Burroughs File, 2011
Black and white archival pigment print
16 x 24”
Estimated market value $1,250
Artist Comments: This is a photograph of items from Hank Bull’s archive on William S. Burroughs; the folder consists of paper and photographic ephemera (letters, photographs, postcards, receipts, 4x5 slides, photo documentation of his exhibitions, newspaper clippings, posters etc). Hank Bull was the organizer of Burroughs’ 1988-89 cross Canada tour of his visual art. Burroughs (born February 5, 1914 died August 2, 1997) was an American novelist, poet, painter and spoken word performer, and one of the leading figures behind the beat generation. Burroughs was an important inspiration for many people involved in the early stages of Vancouver’s artist run culture.
These archival documents highlight Burroughs visual art, something he focused on later in life. Burroughs presented his paintings at Western Front from July 5 to 20, 1988. Subsequently his artwork toured across Canada with exhibitions presented in Montreal (Oboro Gallery and Gallery Roger Bellemare) andToronto (Cold City Gallery and Art Metropole). Bull was a driving force behind this tour facilitating a fundraiser and acting as his Canadian “agent”. This tour helped to define Burroughs as a visual artist separate from his literary output.
As a photographic document - publicly “presented” for the first time in a fundraising initiative at Western Front - the sale of this picture will hopefully find itself completing a circle of exchange generated by and for a community in order to then, in a modest way, contribute to enabling future projects.
Lorna Bauer has presented her work in solo exhibitions at Sporobole, Quebec; YYZ Artist Outlet, Toronto; Gallery Les Territoires, Montreal; The University of Toronto Art Centre and in the Projection Access Space at the Art Gallery of Mississauga. Recently, Bauer’s work was included in The Work Ahead of Us at the Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, and Decisive Moments, Somewhere Else at Trinity Square Video, Toronto. Her video work has been screened at the Art Gallery of Hamilton and Nuit Blanche Toronto (2007, 2009). She holds a Masters in Visual Studies from the University of Toronto (2009) and a BFA (with distinction) from Concordia University (2005). In 2012, Bauer will present new work at Art Metropole, Toronto; Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montreal; Convenience Gallery, Toronto; La Vitrine, Montreal; and Daimon, Gatineau Quebec. For the winter/spring 2012, she will be in residence in New York City as part of the Québec-New York State artist in residence program.