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Artist Talk: Garth Amundson and Pierre Gour


Garth Amundson and Pierre Gour have worked collaboratively, to varying degrees, since 1986. Their work explores the perceptions and politics surrounding the home and domestic sphere and identity politics. Using the technique of collage/montage and photo scanning to speak metaphorically about the social construction of identity, their installations invite the viewer to think about one’s own gender construction by psychologically projecting themselves into the images. In each project they seek to explore and dissect identity using their own experience as a point of departure.

Their collaborative residencies include Fundación Valparaíso, Mojácar, Spain; Gowoon Gallery, Changwon, South Korea; IASPIS, International Artists Studio Program in Sweden; The Soros Center for Contemporary Arts, Prague, Czech Republic; and The Banff Centre of Fine Arts/Residency, Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Amundson holds an MFA from Syracuse University and Gour from the University of New Mexico. Both are founding members of Shift Collaborative Studio in Seattle. Amundson is a Professor of Art at Western Washington University. Gour is an independent artist and visual manager for a major department store in Seattle.