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Jon Sasaki

We First Need a Boat for the Rising Tide to Lift Us


September 29 - November 17, 2019

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 28, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Curator: Shaun Dacey

Waist deep in water and equipped with only rudimentary material and tools, Sasaki attempts to build a functioning boat that would allow him to extricate himself and paddle to shore. As boat building in the water presents far more challenges that boat building on dry land there is always a strong possibility the performance will end in failure.

Channeling an absurd romantic hero who finds himself nearly engulfed in nature, the artist relies on his ability to problem solve as complications arise. an improvise solutions in the moment. Performed in Steveston, the home of his pre-internment Japanese-Canadian family, this new iteration of a past work takes on added dimensions. Documentation of the performance and ephemera of the performance will be included in the exhibition.


About the Artist:
Toronto-based artist Jon Sasaki brings performance, video, object and installation into a framework where expectation and outcome never align, generating a simultaneous sense of pathos and fun. His work employs reason-based approaches reminiscent of conceptual art while investigating romantic subjects; in this juxtaposition, Sasaki creates humorous, self-exhaustive systems caught in cycles of trial and error.



Above: Jon Sasaki, We First Need a Boat for the Rising Tide to Lift Us Performance, in conjunction with Varley Art Gallery exhibition, 2017

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Themes: Japanese Canadian Art

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Artist Jon Sasaki discusses his current exhibition.