The Artist Project

January 18 – February 5, 1994

About the Program

Patti Pente's The Artist Project is concerned with the representation of artists and their work. The creation of images is beside the creation of the artist as image. The project focuses on the dual identity of an artist: as a public persona functioning as an advertisement for the art and as a multifaceted creator of images. The project is composed of two components: photographic portraits and biographies of fictitious artists—Duffy Mills, Gene Flank, and Dora Knell—and paintings done in distinct genres. The information in the fictitious biographies are fragments of Pente's own life, written in the stereotypical style appropriate to that painting genre. All of the painting is done by Pente and the biographic photography is done by Vancouver photographer Rosmund Norbury. The models chosen to pose as the "artists" are people important to Pente—her friends and family members—and include Jude Marentette, Mark Harrower, and her mother, Dora Pente. Venues are found for each "artist" and promotional materials are mailed to galleries and private parties on a national and international basis.


Pat Beaton


1994.0118 ART


grunt gallery (first location) 
209 E. 6th Ave, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V5T 1J8 
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