"Interdisciplinary artist Eric Metcalfe has been described by Canadian curator and writer Peggy Gale as “...a master of persona and personality, an electric presence – performing the self.” Through his practice over the past forty years, Metcalfe has explored painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, printmaking, performance, video, and film. In crafting his own unique modes of interdiscipinarity, he’s extended the limits of each of these media by combining them with influences from conceptual art, the Fluxus movement, fetish, and jazz. His hedonistic persona Dr. Brute, active in the late 1960s through to the mid 1970s, brandished a leopard-print saxophone and hailed from the mythical Brutopia. His use of the leopard print motif as a universal symbol for kitsch, sex, and all thing faux has grown and morphed into other areas of his practice including the collaborative work he has created with New York composer and writer George Lewis. Their project IKONS is on view at 560 Seymour Street in Vancouver starting this Thursday. An on-site performance at 8pm by Turning Point Ensemble will be the highlight of Wednesday's opening.
What is intriguing about Metcalfe is his dedication to a rich daily practice. He paints almost every day, is a library of knowledge about jazz music, has deep historical readings of film noir, and makes the best potato salad I have had and will ever have. And above all this, he generously shares his fresh ideas and experience with younger creators, a quality that is a rare gem in established practitioners."