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Cory Collins

Cory Collins

The Burnaby Art Gallery is pleased to present Cory Collins: Re-Mappings at Burnaby’s McGill Library. A recipient of the 2013 Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Awards, Cory Collins is a St. John’s, Newfoundland-based artist, writer and behaviour therapist.

“Much of my work looks at the idea of utopianism expressed in cities. Pictorial or illustrated maps, whether for commercial or artistic purposes, often compress, exaggerate or expand aspects of cityscape to achieve certain emphases or communicate a city’s perceived ethos, and my work does this as well. Equally though, through these pieces I aim to suggest certain alternative futures or histories, especially ones where the architecture is a mixture of styles and levels of development, suggesting migration, cultural change, or technological constraints. Often, this has been done in a context of an imagined future where climate change renders Northern Canada quite temperate and nice-looking, but also pre-industrial.

Other pieces also suggest alternate geographies or histories, whether from chroniclers looking at a misremembered past, or cartographers who mix up political and physical features. The Islands of New Earthsea, for example, are named as much after celebrities, politicians, and drag queens as they are after places in Newfoundland or works of fantasy. Together, these works draw upon the rich traditions of pictorial and other kinds of mapping, but also from popular outgrowths of this style, echoing many ‘re-mappings’ of imagined life in novels, video games, and especially in our own minds, which too frequently go uncommitted to memory, let alone paper.” - Cory Collins, 2014

Public Program

Artist Talk: January 25, 2-3pm
Join artist Cory Collins for an artist talk at McGill Library's program room.

Funded by Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council.
Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council