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CUT.PASTE.RESIST.REDUX

Jan. 3 to Jan. 31, 2021

This presentation can be viewed in our online gallery.

This exhibition reconfigures works sent in for the pop-up exhibition Cut/Paste/Resist, co-created by UNB’s 2020 Writer-in-Residence R.M. Vaughan and Dr. Ken Moffatt, the Jack Layton Chair in Social Work at Ryerson University. Cut/Paste/Resist was exhibited on 4’ X 8’ panels in UNB’s Student Union Building February 10-12, 2020 just before the COVID-19 pandemic forced a total shut down of the UNB campus.

The original exhibit consisted of collages sent to Richard at his mail box address at UNB. He enjoyed the mail, its hand-to-hand transmigration. In his Call for Submissions, he asked only one question, "What are you Resisting?" and he requested only that it be on a standard 8 1/2 x 11" page and due January 30.

The call for submissions specifically stated that the project was open to everyone—artists and non-artists alike "because collage is a fun accessible way to make art".

He prefaced the project with his belief in the value of this democratic medium:

"In times of protest and social upheaval (and social rejuvenation) artists and activists turn to collage to make a point. Why? Collage is a fun, accessible way to make art. All you need is glue, scissors and paper. The rest is up to you."

The UNB Art Centre at once celebrates all those who contributed to the original exhibition Cut/Paste/Resist and apologizes to all those who contributed as there are no names tied to the collages that appear in the online exhibition CUT.PASTE. RESIST. REDUX. This is simply a visual feast offered up to remember Richard.

As part of this tribute, The UNB Art Centre, in collaboration with Dr. Ken Moffatt, has invited friends of R.M. Vaughan to select a passage from one of his many works of poetry, prose and criticism. These readings will be released on social media throughout the month of January as a way to honour R.M. Vaughan’s memory and to mark the tremendous loss to the cultural community of this gifted Canadian artist.

Marie E. Maltais
Director, UNB Art Centre

R.M. Vaughan

Richard Murray Vaughan was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, in 1965. His life path took him from small town New Brunswick to the big cities of Toronto, Montreal, and Berlin. He died in New Brunswick on October 23, 2020. He attended UNB and studied English, earning his BA in 1987 and an MA in 1991. His first published poem appeared in UNBSJ’s Literary Magazine The Cormorant. In 1992, he had his first solo exhibition at the UNB Art Centre with a series of collages entitled Beach Blanket Bingo. He returned to UNB as Writer-in-Residence for the 2019-2020 academic year where he gave readings, created exhibits and provided inspiration and guidance to the many students he met there.

A true Renaissance man, R.M. Vaughan was a gifted poet, writer, playwright, critic, video and performance artist. His work straddled the boundaries not only of his craft but those of mainstream society as well. He was a gay man who loved to explore, and at times critique, questions of sexuality and queer culture. He cut his teeth as a playwright at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre with the plays Gentleman Caller (1992) and Camera, Woman: A Play in Two Parts. He published numerous poems, chapbooks, essays and novels and has been included in many anthologies featuring Canadian writers and in particular, gay writers. He is perhaps best known for his poetry in A Selection of Dazzling Scarves (ECW Press: 1996), 96 tears (in my jeans) (Broken Jaw Press: 1997), Invisible to Predators (ECW Press: 1999), and for his first novel A Quilted Heart (Insomniac Press: 1998). His poetry has appeared in Quill and Quire and the Canadian Literature Magazine, among others. He has also contributed commentaries and columns as culture critic for several journals including The Globe and Mail, The National Post, This Magazine, Toronto Life, the Utne Reader, Momus, and Canadian Art online. He has written, produced or appeared in 16 experimental films that have been screened in galleries and at international film festivals. His installations, visual art, and craft have been featured in C Magazine and exhibited at the Zsa Zsa Gallery and the Paul Petro Gallery in Toronto.

Sources:

https://nble.lib.unb.ca/browse/v/richard-vaughan
https://nblce.lib.unb.ca/resources/authors/rm-vaughan
https://pennyspoetry.fandom.com/wiki/R.M._Vaughan
https://canpoetry.library.utoronto.ca/vaughan/index.htm

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FOR MORE INFORMATION
Marie E. Maltais, Director
Phone: 506 453-4623
Email: artcntr@unb.ca