Posted on January 8, 2013
ICI is thrilled that Raymond Pettibon: The Punk Years, 1978–86 at McIntosh Gallery, University of Western Ontario, London was ranked as one of Canada’s top 12 art exhibitions of 2012:
What at first seemed like an uneasy pairing may have provided us a new model for evocative interactions. Jason McLean, the predominant Canadian autobiographist now living in London, ON, and Raymond Pettibon, the pioneering punk-core illustrator from California, share a wonderfully idiosyncratic aesthetic vocabulary with strikingly disparate conclusions. McLean is frenetically contemplative and cajoled by the deep significance (and yet mystery) of place while Pettibon spits visual venom through anti-establishment rhetoric and metaphor. Yet here it works. Pettibon’s influence on McLean is clear, particularly in his stylistic references to zine culture, revealing confessional writings and dexterous penmanship. And amidst McLean’s chatty and cacophonous mind mappings, his strong line evokes those in Pettibon, piquing their strident visual impact. Cleverly tying it all together is an unassuming display case featuring selected Pettibon works and magazines, all owned by McLean himself. – Matthew Ryan Smith
Who else made the list? Continue to ARTINFO’s website http://ca.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/851113/blouin-artinfo-canadas-top-12-shows-of-2012”>here to find out.