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The Pathos of Mandy: Walter Scott
11 January–9 August 2020
Contemporary Feature Gallery


Thursday 16 January 2020
Members’ Preview: 5–6 pm
Public Reception: 6–7:30 pm

Curated by Sunny Kerr

In Walter Scott’s new body of work, the central character is Mandy, an artist who has lost all legal ownership of his fictional character. A film follows Mandy through various vignettes of hubris and desperation as he attempts to piece together who he is, both personally and artistically, now that the central focus of his art practice is gone. The film and the accompanying installation are together a meditation on the slippery states between the fiction and reality of the “artist,” of aesthetic representation and of the self.

Fresh from New York’s International Studio & Curatorial Program, Scott is the 2019–2020 Stonecroft Artist-in-Residence at Agnes.

Walter Scott is an interdisciplinary artist working with writing, illustration, performance and sculpture. In 2011 while living in Montreal, he began a comic book series, Wendy, exploring the narrative of a fictional young woman living in an urban centre, who aspires to global success and art stardom but whose dreams are perpetually derailed. Contemporary questions of representation, cultural production, popular culture and narrative construction are central to his practice. Recent exhibitions include those with Remai Modern, Plug-In Institute of Contemporary Art, Galerie UQO in Gatineau, Koganecho Bazaar, Yokohama, Japan, Macaulay & Co. Fine Art and Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles 2015. He was artist-in-residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2018.

Walter Scott, The Pathos of Mandy (video still), 2019. Collection of the artist

Walter Scott, The Pathos of Mandy (video still), 2019. Collection of the artist

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