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Artist: Cliff Eyland

Title: an example of a file card sized section cut out of H.H. Arneson's History of Modern Art as part of a work entitled N.S.C.A.D. LIBRARY FILE CARD INTERVENTION.
Date: 1981
Media: installation

Notes: This work was Eyland's first major library work. H.H. Arneson's History of Modern Art was cut into file card size fragments. The resultant "file cards" were entered into the library 's Author/Title catalogue according to an improvised scheme. This scheme could be deduced from an inspection of the catalogue. Eyland's contribution to the Art Anatomies project will include writing and documenting Art School Anatomies play. He will also conduct an investigation of the tradition of life drawing and anatomical drawing in art schools "life drawing" (after his own fashion) the Art School Anatomists and their works, especially their performance works. Eyland will also help to coordinate Art School Anatomies projects as a curator.

Biographical: Cliff Eyland is a painter, writer and a curator. He studied at Holland College, Mount Allison University, and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Since 1981, he has made paintings, drawings, and notes in an index card format--3"x5" (7.6x12.7 cm).

Eyland has shown his work in public and secret installations in art galleries and libraries in Canada, the United States and Europe. Exhibition highlights include solo exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, the New School University in New York, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Struts Gallery and Gallery Connexion (both in New Brunswick), the Muttart (now the Art Gallery of Calgary), the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, and, in Halifax: eyelevelgallery, Saint Mary's University Art Gallery, and Dalhousie Art Gallery. Group exhibitions include shows at the National Gallery of Canada; in Florence, Italy; Manchester, England; and in Lublin, Poland, among others. In 2003 Eyland was short listed for the national RBC/Canadian Art Foundation painting award.

Eyland's ongoing (since 1997) installation at the Raymond Fogelman Library at the New School University in New York City is regularly updated.

Eyland is part of the performance art group The Abzurbs.

Eyland has written criticism for Canadian art magazines since 1983. His curatorial work includes 9 years as a curator at the Technical University of Nova Scotia School of Architecture (Daltech) and freelance work for various galleries, Including the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art in Winnipeg. (Since 1995, Eyland has been vice-president of the board of Plug In.) He is currently an assistant professor and Director of Gallery One One One at the University of Manitoba School of Art in Winnipeg.

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