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Jon Sasaki: Good Intentions



August 1, 2011
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Jon Sasaki: Good Intentions
Ann MacDonald, Crystal Mowry and Ben Portis


Utilizing video, objects, performance and installation, Jon Sasaki takes cynicism, futility and tragedy as starting points, countering the thematic heaviness with dry, comic delivery. Through a multitude of scenarios where heroic attempts often result in failure, Sasaki evokes the tradition of slapstick cinema and Sasaki himself the figure of Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin. With full-colour illustrations and three critical essays this first monograph looks at themes of failure, pathos, comedy/tragedy and risk as found in Sasaki's romantic conceptual works. Publication accompanying the exhibition of the same name traveling across Canada through to 2013. Jon Sasakai has presented his work in solo exhibitions at artist centres across the country as well in group exhibitions at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (University of Toronto), the Owens Art Gallery (Mount Allison University), and Simon Fraser University Gallery. Jon Sasaki lives and works in Toronto. Published with the Doris McCarthy Gallery.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (08/2011) 78 pp 40 col. ill. 11.5 x 8.5 in hardcover  978-0-7727-5412-7  $40.00 Can. $45.00 U.S. (32 €)

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