Residue: The Persistence of the Real


Residue: The Persistence of the Real


28 × 23 cm | 9 × 11 in
69 ills | 144 pages


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Realism has been criticised for its perceived attachment to transparency: the sense that an image can reveal the full truth of the situation or object it depicts. This skepticism was extended in the late twentieth century with the rise of conceptual art and the development of critiques, which proposed that, in a world pervaded with spectacular images, the task of the artist should be to deconstruct the systems through which images flow and provide critical considerations of the ways images act upon us.

Residue: The Persistence of the Real is comprised of work that draws upon a documentary impulse and pursues the real as something that cannot be entirely reduced to representation, while at the same time acknowledging the mediating character of the mechanisms that shape perception. The book presents recent work in a variety of media including photography, video and installation by nine artists from Vancouver and elsewhere.

Published in partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery.