David Zack: Wizard!? Perturber!? Possessed! Letters and other works of a correspondence artist, 1938–1995

Istvan Kantor

Festivals: M:ST 4 Festival October 3 - 17, 2008.

The New Gallery is pleased to present a major retrospective of the work of David Zack. Curated by the artist’s longtime colleague and collaborator Istvan Kantor, this exhibition reveals the wide spectrum of artistic activity that comprises Zack’s lifework. Focusing on his contribution to the development of correspondence art while a resident of Calgary in the 1970s, the exhibition also explores two of his most famous ongoing projects: the Monty Cantsin open pop star concept and the Correspondence Novels. Through this unique exhibition, viewers will re-enter the world of early mail art, time traveling through a vital creative period characterized by DIY publications, photocopy art, the cut-up, handwritten poetical sketches, and other “open source” artistic activity. A catalogue will be produced to accompany the exhibition, which is scheduled to tour nationally through 2010.