Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Marian Penner Bancroft's oeuvre includes text, drawing and video, but she is best known for her photo-montages, photo sequences and three-dimensional screens. Of that work, the piece most of us recall is For Dennis and Susan: Running Arms to a Civil War (1978), which chronicles the relationship between her sister (Susan) and her brother-in-law (Dennis) as the latter battles -- and succumbs to -- cancer.
Apart from a large body of work, Penner Bancroft is also known as an educator (she has taught at Emily Carr University throughout most of its name changes) and is conversant in numerous mediums. Like her sister and deceased brother-in-law, she contributes to a dynamic partnership with poet/filmmaker Colin Browne, who spoke well and lovingly at a recent memorial of another artist with broad artistic interests, Tom Cone.
Here is an interview Penner Bancroft conducted with a group of artists and thinkers active in 1960s Vancouver, part of the Ruins in Process: Vancouver Art in the Sixties online exhibition/catalogue organized by Lorna Brown, grunt gallery and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, a project I was happy to contribute to ("Expanded Literary Practices").
For those who would like to see more of Penner Bancroft's work, her exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery is up until September 30th.