Wendy, a satire of the art world
ABSTRACT / Wendy is the continuing graphic novel series, chronicling the misadventures of Wendy, a young aspiring artist living in an urban centre who aspires to art-stardom, but whose dreams are perpetually derailed. Romantic woes, professional frustrations, parties and awkward encounters play out in black and white. The position of the outsider and shape shifter is central to this body of work and the influence of feminist icons such as Mary Tyler Moore, Elle Woods in Legally Blonde or artist, punk poet, experimental novelist and filmmaker Kathy Acker lingers. The series is a satire of the larger power dynamics of the contemporary art world, but also looks closer at the interpersonal relationships of the players in this milieu – the artists, curators, performance artists – the list goes on. Wendy is an avatar who shifts between different cultural institutions, reinventing herself with every modality and juggling different fictions of herself. The project has taken the form of a graphic novel series, but has also as sculptural installation, billboards and public art, totebags, residencies, book clubs and performance. The mutability of Wendy, and it’s ability to function in the worlds of contemporary art, comics, indigenous narratives, institutional critique and literature simultaneously, can often create a productive friction around the way we categorize and isolate our modes cultural production.
BIOGRAPHY / Walter Scott is a Canadian interdisciplinary artist working in writing, illustration, performance and sculpture. In 2011 while living in Montreal Scott started his Wendy comic book series. The series tell the fictional story of a young woman who aspires to art stardom but whose plans are constantly being derailed. The incredibly popular Wendy series has now been serialized on Random House Canada’s literary digital magazine Hazlitt. Scott has exhibited across Canada and some of his recent exhibitions include Joan Dark at Western Front, Vancouver, 2014, Pre-Existing Work at Macaulay and Co. Fine Art, Vancouver, 2015, and Stopping the Sun in it’s Course, at Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, 2015. In 2014, Scott was Artist-in-Residence at the Koganecho Bazaar in Yokohama, Japan as well as the Artist-in-Residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto in 2016.
New Modes of Publishing and Distribution
Sky Goodden, Walter Scott, Emmanuel Iduma, David Garneau, Kristy Trinier
September 17, 2:00 – 3:50 PM
Engineered Air Theatre, 234 9 Avenue SW