Art On The Move

Ron Terada:
Soundtrack for an Exhibition

Locust Projects is pleased to announce that artist Ron Terada has been selected to create a new commissioned work for Art on the Move, part of an ongoing public commissions initiative, by the project’s guest curator Dominic Molon, Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island.  Terada, a Vancouver-based artist, uses text and various forms of institutional and cultural communication such as signs, posters, and soundtrack albums to create works that are distinctly personal and biographical though seemingly detached.  His two-part project for Art on the Move continues his ongoing series, Soundtrack for an Exhibition (begun in 2000), and comprises a free, limited-edition album available at Locust Projects including songs of subjective importance for Terada, and taxi tops featuring the titles of the songs on the album in English and Spanish.   The albums suggest a sense of movement from the gallery, through the streets, and into the homes of audience members around the Miami area while prompting consideration of how the function of “soundtracks” in films to establish a tone and atmosphere within which the protagonists fictionally exist might be translated into both art and everyday situations.  Displacing the album’s evocative titles onto the taxi tops with no indication of their rationale or context, creates both a disruptive dissonance with the expected information on those structures –typically advertisements for strip clubs or legal aid—and a reminder of the way that popular music affects us in the least expected and often public places.


Ron Terada lives and works in Vancouver. Recent solo exhibitions include Jack (2014), Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver; Being There (2011), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Who I Think I Am (2010-2011), which travelled among the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto, Hayward Gallery Project Space, London, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. His work has also been included in a number of group exhibitions including: Home Sweet Home (2014), Dazibao, Montreal; When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes (2013), Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit; The Unseen (2012), 4th Guangzhou Triennial; Without (2012), Meessen De Clercq, Brussels; An Incomplete History of Incomplete Works of Art (2012), Francesca Minini Gallery, Milan; Material World (2012), Art Gallery of Halifax; Art Histories (2012), VOX Centre de l'image contemporaine, Montreal; Nature (2011), Toronto Digital Billboard Project; Power Alone, Act V (2010), Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; Gallery, Galerie, Galleria (2010), Norma Magione Gallery, Turin.  Terada was a recipient of the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award, Canada Council for the Arts (2006); and the VIVA Award, Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation (2004); and was nominated for a Sobey Art Award (2007). Terada is represented by Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver. 


Art on the Move features specially commissioned artists’ projects in public spaces around Miami. Through this effort, new work by artists such as Nicole Eisenman, Agustina Woodgate and Liam Gillick has appeared on billboards, bus shelters and bus backs throughout the county.

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Art on the Move is made possible with major support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Locust Projects’ exhibitions and programming are made possible with the support from: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Cowles Charitable Trust; Cultural Advancement Program; Florida Department of State; Foundation for Contemporary Arts; Hannibal Cox Jr. Foundation; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor, and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners; Miami Sports and Exhibition Authority.

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