Conversations In Silence
September 12, 2014 – October 18, 2014
Daryl Vocat’s work is an on-going search for representational accuracy, a search for flaws and misunderstandings in social constructs and an examination of relationships. By recontextualizing and manipulating existing images, he discusses their shortcomings and turns the images on themselves, exposing an alternate point of view. His work seeks to reach beyond, and acknowledge, the constructions that restrict our lives. It is a re-examination of everyday images, layered to reveal what lies beyond the original, or accepted content. His artwork acts as a record of the world as he sees it. To this end, he often uses images and objects that already exist and manipulates them as a form of reclamation. Through subversion and reinterpretation, he shares his perspective and creates the images that he wants to see, the images that he feels are not there to begin with. By manipulating and recontextualizing images and objects, Vocat redirect the ideas until they reflect a particular idea, experience or feeling.
Daryl Vocat, born in Regina, Saskatchewan, is a visual artist living and working in Toronto. He completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, and his Master of Fine Arts degree at York University in Toronto. His main focus is printmaking, specifically screenprinting. He works out of Toronto’s Open Studio. His solo exhibitions include the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina, Thrush Holmes Empire, Open Studio, and York Quay Gallery in Toronto, SNAP gallery and Latitude 53 in Edmonton, Eastern Edge Gallery in St John’s, Blackburn 20/20 in New York City, and Malaspina Printmakers Gallery in Vancouver. He has participated in several group exhibitions both in Canada and beyond, including an internationally touring exhibition titled Further, Artists From Printmaking at the Edge.
His work has been acquired by the New York Public Library Print Collection, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives, The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in NYC, The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery permanent collection in British Columbia, The Saskatchewan Arts Board permanent collection, and the City of Toronto Fine Art collection. His artwork has been published in YYZine from YYZ Gallery in Toronto, and Printmaking at the Edge by Richard Noyce, published in Great Britain.