Like a foreboding title of a B-movie, Raymond Boisjoly’s public art installation suggests something terrifying and hilarious is about to happen inside the Canada Line. What’s coming? Who is IT?!
Raymond is known for text based artwork, which manipulates the meaning and significance of language. He is an Aboriginal artist of Haida and Québécois descent based in Vancouver, and was recently a part of Beat Nation at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Using the structure of spoken word poetry or by transforming the written word, his work calls attention to our internal belief systems in contemporary society.
By placing words that seem out of place in a public area, it pulls me out of the everyday, and I have to stop and think about what it means every time I walk by. It reminds me to take life as it comes, but with such a gory and comical font, not to take it too seriously.
Raymond’s work can also be seen in the windows of the Contemporary Art Gallery, a colorful collage of passages from three North American First Nations autobiographies. In his upcoming talk at Emily Carr, he will discuss the intersections of contemporary craft, street art and traditional Northwest Coast imagery as it relates to history, technology and cultural practice.
Written for Hello Vancity