fibre Quarterly  Volume 2 Issue 2 Spring 2006   

the Art Of Tim Jocelyn

 

Re-signing Icarus © Tim Jocelyn: 1985  *1&2

Queen Street West 1979 the heart of a moment in time. The post punk, new wave music scene was: art school bands, was: upstairs at the Bev, the Cabana Room at the Spadina Hotel, Biff, the Drastic Measures, the Dishes, and Martha and the Muffins. Painting was back according to John Bentley Mayes and Gary Michael Dault, Carmen Lamana was the main stream Yorkville gallery showing the Queen street artist who actually had studios in the Queen and Spadina neighborhood, John Brown, Sybil Goldstein, Oliver Girling, Ray Johnson and John Scott, YYZ was above an A&P west of Spadina. Leighton Barrette, Gerald Franklin and Lucas where putting on Fashion extravagances in alternative places. File, Impulse, Only Paper Today, Fuse, the Soho News, Village Voice and miraculously the Sunday New York Times available on Sunday were what you read. Sunday Brunch at the Parrot or plain Breakfast at the Stem. The Peter Pan and newly opened Queen’s Mother Café were the eateries. All this before the Cameron became the centre for a generation.

Somewhere in all this with no one questioning his right to be there or was it fashion or was it art stood Tim Jocelyn seemingly standing alone and out standing. His combination of wearable and wall art and upholstered furnishing, made of silks satins and leather were referential of art history and contemporary life. They were dramatic, flippant, garish and subtle at the same time. His life was not long enough and was lost by complications due to AIDS in 1987.  

fibreQUARTERLY reprints " the Ascent of Icarus" by Curator and Art Historian Stewart Reid from the " The Art Of Tim Jocelyn" Published by McClelland and Stewart in 2002, edited by Sybil Goldstein, with permission from all. 

Ground breaking when working his work remains ahead of its time ---------------------------------------------

 

THE ASCENT OF ICARUS: On the Art of Tim Jocelyn by Stuart Reid  

"Tim Jocelyn combined the rigour of fine craft traditions with streetwise, cutting-edge visual art in the many fashionable garments, pieces of decorated furniture, textile banners, paper cutouts, and sculptural constructions he produced during his frenzied career. One might describe the energy running through his hold, colourful compositions as ecstatic. The word “ecstatic” comes from the Greek root ekstasis, which means, literally, to stand outside ones self. And indeed, this concept of transcending the physical self, of acting on impulses outside the individual’s concerns, is in keeping with many aspects of Jocelyn’s life and work."

In keeping with  fibreQUARTERLY's agreement with McClelland & Stewart Ltd to post this essay on line for a 7 year period which has now ended it has now been removed. 

You will find this essay in “The Ascent of Icarus: On the Art of Tim Jocelyn” by Stuart Reid from The Art of Tim Jocelyn edited by Sybil Goldstein.  Used by permission of McClelland & Stewart Ltd  return  

 

*3 Florentine Dress © Tim Jocelyn, 1983 materials: silk and leather

 

*4 Chromaliving Poster, offset, 18 X 12in., 1983. design: Andy Fabo

*5 Dressing Up, Finale, 1984, photo, Tony Wilson,

*6 Cities of the Red Night © Tim Jocelyn, 1984, materials: silk and leather, dimensions: 97 x 152 cm, 38 x 60 in

*7 Tim Jocelyn in Front of Astrolabe, 1986, photo: Tony Wilson

*8 Governor General Awards Poster  © Tim Jocelyn, 1986

Photo Credits

*1 Re-Signing Icarus, © Tim Jocelyn, 1985, materials: silk, leather, dimensions: 41 x 165 x 10 cm, 16 x 65 x 4 in. collection of:  MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, University of Guelph  

*2 Tim Jocelyn in front of Cities of the Red Night, 1984 photo: Tony Wilson, courtesy of the Artist Foundation

*3 Florentine Dress © Tim Jocelyn, 1983 materials: silk and leather, photo: Michael Rafelson, collection of: MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, University of Guelph  

*4 Chromaliving Poster, offset, 18 X 12in., 1983. design: Andy Fabo, photo: Tony Wilson, courtesy of ChromaZone, Toronto

*5 Dressing Up, Finale, 1984, photo, Tony Wilson, courtesy of The Artist Foundation

*6 Cities of the Red Night © Tim Jocelyn, 1984, materials: silk and leather, dimensions: 97 x 152 cm, 38 x 60 in. collection of: MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, University of Guelph, photo: Michael Rafelson

*7 Tim Jocelyn in Front of Astrolabe, 1986, photo: Tony Wilson, courtesy of The Artist Foundation

*8 Governor General Awards Poster  © Tim Jocelyn, 1986, materials: offset, dimensions:  61 x 46 cm, 24 x 18 in. published: Summerhill Press,  photo: Michael Rafelson, courtesy of  The Artist Foundation  

All Images courtesy of The Artists Foundation (Formerly TJAF) and Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art. Copyright ©1997, 2006. All rights reserved used with permission

About the artist: To find out more about Tim Jocelyn, and see more of his work go to Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art  or his specific page

In 2004, The Tim Jocelyn Art Foundation changed it’s name  to The Artists Foundation. The Artists Foundation [TAF] is dedicated to promoting the status and welfare of Canadian visual artists. TAF provides charitable and tangible support to both individuals and organizations as directed within the visual arts community through three programs: the Arthur Gelgoot Fund, the Community Access Program and the Publications Program 

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