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Eric Metcalfe: The Attic Project



December 31, 1969
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The Vancouver artist's long career has been marked by incursions into conceptual art, Fluxus and his own personal conceptual framework known as "Brutopia" whose chief preoccupations are repression and violence. His current project - pots inspired from Greek antiquity seems a radical departure from a dark and ironic practice. White's essay shows that the projection is in fact quite linear. By reproducing the original shapes of ancient Athenian pottery, painting them with designs that work on both literal and metaphorical levels and placing them in institutional spaces, Metcalfe manages to succinctly comment on the role of the museum and its historical manipulation of art. The results, visually stunning yet not without suggestions of parody and pastiche, project a wide range of attitudes. The name of the exhibition itself, which references both antique Greek culture and contemporary antique roadshows, signals the remove.

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