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Reece Terris: Constructing Meaning

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Reece Terris <em>Bridge</em> 2006 Scale model Reece Terris Bridge 2006 Scale model

Reece Terris <em>Bridge</em> 2006 Scale model

Vancouver’s Reece Terris may well be the hardest-working artist on the Canadian scene these days. Aside from being the co-owner of a full-time construction contracting business, Terris has gained increasing national attention over the past five years for complex and often monumental sculptural installations that (at times literally) bridge the structural concerns of the built world and the conceptual interests of contemporary art. As he tells art critic Robin Laurence in our Winter 2012 magazine feature “The Contractor,” “You could easily define something as sculpture now that you couldn’t 20 years ago. I find that really interesting, because it’s a shift in thinking more than a shift in objects.” Here, a selection of images and videos recaps Terris’ practice, from the wry, Manet-inspired photo work Trivial Pursuit to his recent large-scale intervention The Western Front Front: Another False Front.

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Reece Terris Trivial Pursuit 2002
Reece Terris <em>Trivial Pursuit</em> 2002
Reece Terris Trivial Pursuit 2002
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Reece Terris American Standard 2004 Installation view
Reece Terris <em>American Standard</em> 2004 Installation view
Reece Terris American Standard 2004 Installation view
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Reece Terris American Entropy 7 2005
Reece Terris <em>American Entropy 7</em> 2005
Reece Terris American Entropy 7 2005
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Reece Terris Bridge 2006 Scale model
Reece Terris <em>Bridge</em> 2006 Scale model
Reece Terris Bridge 2006 Scale model
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Reece Terris Bridge 2006 / video Vince Arvidson

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Reece Terris <em>Bridge</em> 2006 / video Vince Arvidson

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Reece Terris Bridge 2006 / video Vince Arvidson

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Reece Terris Ought Apartment 2009 Installation view of 1960s section at the Vancouver Art Gallery / photo Rachel Topham
Reece Terris <em>Ought Apartment</em> 2009 Installation view of 1960s section at the Vancouver Art Gallery / photo Rachel Topham
Reece Terris Ought Apartment 2009 Installation view of 1960s section at the Vancouver Art Gallery / photo Rachel Topham
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Reece Terris Ought Apartment 2009 Installation view of 1950s section at the Vancouver Art Gallery / photo Rachel Topham
Reece Terris <em>Ought Apartment</em> 2009 Installation view of 1950s section at the Vancouver Art Gallery / photo Rachel Topham
Reece Terris Ought Apartment 2009 Installation view of 1950s section at the Vancouver Art Gallery / photo Rachel Topham
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Reece Terris The Western Front Front: Another False Front 2010 / photo Rachel Topham
Reece Terris <em>The Western Front Front: Another False Front</em> 2010 / photo Rachel Topham
Reece Terris The Western Front Front: Another False Front 2010 / photo Rachel Topham
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Reece Terris The Western Front Front: Another False Front 2010 / video Vince Arvidson

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Reece Terris <em>The Western Front Front: Another False Front</em> 2010 / video Vince Arvidson

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Reece Terris The Western Front Front: Another False Front 2010 / video Vince Arvidson

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Reece Terris Introductory Studio in Visual Art I 2011
Reece Terris <em>Introductory Studio in Visual Art I</em> 2011
Reece Terris Introductory Studio in Visual Art I 2011
This article was first published online on November 29, 2011.

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