Carleton University Art Gallery CUAG

The Cedar Tavern Singers’ Art Snob Solutions, Phase III: At the Hundredth Meridian

Curated by Sandra Dyck

15 October – 16 December 2012

This exhibition is a celebration of CUAG’s 20th anniversary and of Canadian art itself, by Canada’s hottest artist/musicians. Part 1 is a specially commissioned music video and a limited-edition EP of 4 songs about key moments, figures, and artworks in Carleton’s (and Ottawa’s) art history. Part 2 presents drawings created for an activity book featuring mazes, colouring pages, and connect-the-dots focusing on Canadian artists and key works from CUAG’s collection. Part 3 presents the results of the Singers’ quest to ask CUAG’s audiences to draw their favourite work of Canadian art. Part 4 presents a limited-edition custom fragrance which, like most vanity scents, is an attempt by a third party to distill a variety of themes – in this case, the essence of Canada, Canadian art, and the Cedar Tavern Singers.

Fresh from their opening day performances at MASS MoCA’s Oh, Canada exhibition, The Cedar Tavern Singers AKA Les Phonoréalistes have been described as performance artists who “look and act like a band,” and deemed “considerably more entertaining than the writings of Clement Greenberg.” The Lethbridge-based “art-ernative” folk rock duo (Mary-Anne McTrowe and Dan Wong) was formed in 2006. Their recitals are part performance art, part pop concert, and part covert art history lesson. The Singers’ DIY objects, images, and performances are satirical, sincere, and more than a little cheeky.

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