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Item Name: Print
Title: Hockey stick blades from West Lions Park, London
Maker: Greg Curnoe
Year: 1965
Country: Canadian
Materials: monoprint
Measurements: in frame: 68 cm x 77 cm; work: 47 cm x 48 cm
ID Number: PC2017.5

Extended Label Info: Greg Curnoe inked pieces of hockey sticks as a printing block, then ran them through a press, transferring the ink to paper. If you look closely, you can see where nuts and washers had been taped to the blades for extra slapshot power. Curnoe is primarily known as a painter, but he also experimented with sculpture, video, photography and sound art. An ardent regionalist, he encouraged artists to find their muse from within their own everyday experience. By creating a print with pieces of broken hockey sticks collected in a park near his home in London (Ontario), Curnoe has instilled a unique record of local culture in his artwork. Greg Curnoe (1936 – 1992) Greg Curnoe was born in London, Ontario. As a child he enjoyed creating his own comic books. He graduated from the H.B. Beal Technical and Commercial High School in London, and moved to Kitchener to study at the Doon School of Fine Arts. In 1957, he moved to Toronto, and entered the Ontario College of Art. Here Curnoe studied with noted Dada scholar Michel Sanouillet, and met the DaDa artist Marcel Duchamp. Graduating in 1960, Curnoe returned to London, and concentrated on organizing his local arts community. In 1961, his circle launched “The Region” magazine, and opened The Region Art Gallery. In 1965, they organized the “Nihilist Spasm Band”, a group of early sound artists creating music with altered and hand-made instruments. In the late 60s and 1970s, Curnoe’s painting work was included in major touring exhibitions, and shown internationally at the Biennale de Paris, the Sao Paulo Biennial, and the Venice Biennale. At this time he also began competitive cycling, and using images of the bicycle in his art work. In 1992, Curnoe died in a tragic cycling accident.