I am a poet, artist, independent curator, and freelance art critic living just outside of the city of Toronto. I’ve published the collection Gravity & Grace: Selected Writing on Contemporary Canadian Art, four books of poetry, and the non-fiction memoir, Cold Comfort: Growing Up Cold War based on my life as an itinerant military brat. My writing on art has been published in magazines and on-line in Canada, the United States, and Australia. I’ve worked as an independent curator for thirty years, organizing exhibitions for public galleries, museums, and artist-run centers across Canada. I’m engaged in an ogoing collaboration with another artist that has led to a series of site-specific exhibitions entitled Cold War Artifacts based on abandoned Cold War military installations in Canada.
My primary interests involve the condition(s) of site-specificity, and how the meanings, roles, and aesthetic functions of site-specific art can alter place, and, in turn, themselves be radically altered and even entirely undercut by changes in the social, political, and aesthetic environment.