Ron Terada | the artist
The artist Ron Terada
Born 1969, Vancouver, Canada.
Lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.
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Whether hes positioning highway-style signage in gallery spaces or organizing an art magazine consisting solely of advertisements, Vancouver artist Ron Terada is known for wryly manipulating symbols of authority. His latest gallery show focuses specifically on symbols of excess and their associated, often phantasmic, imagery…
Ron Terada studied at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and the University of British Columbia. Ron Teradas art practice engages with themes of signage and with the ineffectiveness of text-based artworks within a public space. He also produces exhibition posters, signs and pamphlets. Terada enjoys the connotations of his unsigned interventionsboth the literal and the kitsch.
Terada has been a significant force in the development of a deconstructionist viewpoint that casts suspicion on high art. His work has pointed to the conflated esteem in which contemporary art exhibitions are held, the curatorial forces that promote them and the manner in which they are legitimized by art writings, sponsorship and catalogues. Ironically, it is this very discourse about art that endears him to the critical community. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including Baja to Vancouver: The West Coast in Contemporary Art (2003), which opened at the Seattle Art Museum before touring to the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Wattis Institute, Oakland and the Vancouver Art Gallery…