Alan Brandoli: Arcadian Traffic & Allen Ball: The Wordless Book

Alan Brandoli: Arcadian Traffic

Brandoli-small2brandoli-small1Brandoli’s work critiques the dissonance and distortions that occur within spaces of colonial architecture and cultural institutions as they intersect with capitalist and socio-political agendas. Following the 2008 collapse in the economy Brandoli investigated the use of three CPR hotels as opulent historically compressed backdrops for corporate posturing – the Banff Springs Hotel, Chateau Lake Louise and the Royal York in Toronto – where, like Philips’ theory on souvenirs or Broodthaer’s on museums, traditional First Nations cultural signs become conflated with the trappings of haute couture intended for high end Euro-consumption and corporate conference presentation screens occlude an admixture of historical Canadian-ness.

Allen Ball: The Wordless Book

T02_Allen_Ball-smallhe Wordless Book, is a series of work that interrogates the associative power of colour through Baptist preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s nonverbal evangelical device the Wordless Book. Designed as a Christian evangelistic device using four colours to teach and colonize through the word of God, the colour red is symbolic of blood; black of our sins; white as righteousness, and gold as heaven. By 1880 at least, the book was widely used in evangelism among orphanages, Sunday schools, and in cross-cultural missions with the objective of conversion to Christianity.