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Lynda Gammon - Passing Comments

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Passing Comments, a wall collage of over 700 photographs, is a personal and poetic mediation on a particular feminist history by the artist.

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Passing Comments, a wall collage of over 700 photographs, is a personal and poetic mediation on a particular feminist history by Lynda Gammon. Arriving to teach in a visual arts department in the mid-1980s, this work documents Gammon’s everyday life at work. Over the course of a decade, comments made became embedded in her mind. Examples of the comments include:

"you need to have a child, you should get pregnant – you cry too easily and when you cry the tears don’t run down your face they pop right out of your eyes – people don’t want to look at dark and depressing photographs, you need to make something more cheerful – you should wear more make-up, you used to, and it looked good – …."

As years went on, the artist began creating small figures using chopsticks, Styrofoam balls, and pipe cleaners and photographed these figures in various relationships to each other. She then also pasted the comments she remembered onto the photographs to recreate the poignant, absurd, and at times intense scenarios. Over time, the work grew to over 700 photographs with pasted text. All the photographs were then mounted on foam core, card and paper and were sometimes layered with digital colour, ink and paint. These works were then taped directly to the wall in a large patchwork configuration. Gammon titled the work Passing Comments as a reflection of her experience in the academic institution, and an ironic look on the seemingly incidental nature of the remarks.

Gammon’s artist book, Fisgard, is a selection of many of the images and ‘comments.’ It accompanies the exhibition Passing Comments.

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Biography

Lynda Gammon holds a BFA from Simon Fraser University (1978) and an MFA from York University (1983). Her work has been exhibited in venues across Canada and beyond including; The Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art (Toronto), Plug-In Institute of Contemporary Art (Winnipeg), Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver), The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Victoria), The Galerie Jorge Alyskewycz (Paris), The Westergasfabreik (Amsterdam), Salle de Bains (Rotterdam)], Stride Gallery (Calgary)], Platform centre for photographic + digital arts (Winnipeg), Vu, centre de diffusion et de production de la photographie (Quebec City), Oakville Galleries (Oakville ON); The Southern Alberta Art Gallery (Lethbridge). Her work is in the collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, The Legacy Art Gallery and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Gammon lives and works in Victoria BC and is currently Associate Professor Emerita in the Visual Arts Department at the University of Victoria. She has been the recipient of BC Arts Council and Canada Council grants and is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art. In 2004 Gammon established flask which is dedicated to the production and publication of books by artists and writers. She is currently a Board member of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the Victoria Art Council.

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