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Robert Fones: Signs | Forms | Narratives

Robert Fones: Signs | Forms | Narratives

May 16 – July 21, 2018

Organized by Museum London

University of Toronto Art Centre

The Art Museum at the University of Toronto presents a major survey of works by Toronto-based artist and writer Robert Fones. A Governor General Award winner, Fones has become renowned for an unusually diverse body of work that centers on how visual forms of information make us understand and know the everyday world. Working in a rich array of media that include drawing, painting, artist’s books, and object-making, Fones is also known for his poetry, creative writing, and art criticism. Investigating ideas of time and identity—especially through the lens of geography, print media, and other semiotic systems– his work plays with optical and linguistic information in ways that generate visual puzzles and conceptual puns. The exhibition includes early pieces imbued with the humorous bite of Pop and Dadaism prevalent in the Regionalist impulses of Fones’ native London, Ontario; ground-breaking conceptual works of the 1970s and 80s that exemplify his meticulously-researched, almost archaeological approach; and a range of his ongoing, both past and new works concerned with the destabilizations of forms of communication and representation.

Opening Reception

Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 6-8pm
University of Toronto Art Centre

Our Supporters

We gratefully acknowledge the operating support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council.


Title Image: Robert Fones, Axe|Exa|Axi, 1997, casein on wood, plywood. 96.8 × 78.7 × 30.5 cm. Agnes Etherington Art
Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston. Gift of Robert Fones, 2006.

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