David Diviney, Curator of Exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, will present a talk on the late artist David Askevold (b. 1940, Conrad, Montana; d. 2008, Halifax Nova Scotia), recognized as one of the most important contributors to the development and pedagogy of conceptual art.
Diviney is the curator the retrospective exhibition David Askevold: Once Upon a Time in the East, which opened at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa in 2011 and is currently on view at the Armory Centre for the Arts in Pasadena, California. This exhibition explores the various strains of Askevold's pioneering practice—sculpture and installation, film and video, photo-text work and photography, and computer generated imagery—and includes key pieces from each stage of his career as well as collaborative works undertaken with two former students, Los Angeles artist Mike Kelley and New York artist Tony Oursler.
Diviney received his MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and knew the late artist well through his studies and directorship of the Eye Level Gallery in Halifax. Diviney will share with the audience his experiences working on this project, provide a brief history of the artist’s work and life, and discuss Askevold’s influence on Canadian and international contemporary art.