Art Now features Trasov, Morris

The popular Art Now series has resumed for the Fall semester at the U of L, and the Wednesday, Sept. 29 edition features a pair of aoutstanding artists from British Columbia on campus.

Vincent Trasov and Michael Morris will speak at 12:15 p.m. in the University Recital Hall (W570).

In 1970, Trasov and Morris founded Image Bank, a conceptual vehicle for mail art projects, which featured collaborations with Eric Metcalfe, Gary Lee Nova, Ray Johnson, General Idea, and Robert Filliou. Further to this, Morris and Trasov, along with eight colleagues from various disciplines, founded and directed the Western Front Society, an artist-run centre developed as a site for the production and presentation of "New Art" in all disciplines, including performance and media arts
Morris attended the University of Victoria and the Vancouver School of Art, and completed his post-graduate studies at the Slade School of Fine Art at London University in England, for which he received a Commonwealth Scholarship. He was the acting curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1966, and from 1967 to 1970 he organized art events and exhibitions at the Simon Fraser University Art Gallery. Known primarily as an abstract painter and printmaker, Morris has also completed successful works in film, photography, video, installation and performance.
Trasov majored in languages and humanities at the University of British Columbia. In 1969 he began making conceptual art, working with process, text and materials and later video work. In addition, Trasov assumed the identity of Mr. Peanut and with the support of the arts community, Mr. Peanut ran for mayor of Vancouver. As a marker of his artistic influence, he was selected by the Vancouver Sun in 1999 as one of the top 100 British Columbians who shaped the province over the past century.