Audio funneling down through three heating ducts in the gallery gently beckon small bronze GI Joe figures to their vents. Conversations recounting memories of the sudden death of a family member are attentively listened to by these dwarfed figures. The artist uses the trope of the house in this installation, as a larger metaphor for the memories we house within ourselves. siren(s) is a very personal exhibition for Smith.
“The death of my father when I was fourteen and more recently of my baby daughter have deeply informed my art practice. Death and the attendant memories which speak to loss are inseparable from my personal and artistic self.” – P. Roch Smith
Fittingly opening on Remembrance Day at 8pm, this exhibition runs until December 10 in TRUCK’s main space located in the basement of Calgary’s historic Grain Exchange building.