I locate my research
at the intersections of Fine Arts Cultural Studies, Black Cultural Studies,
and critical Sociology with a focus on the relationship between the fine
arts and social movements. My doctoral research traces political and artistic
movements back and forth across the Canada-U.S. border in the late 1960s
and early 1970s, with particular attention to flows between New York City
and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Between 1968 and 1970, for instance, two seemingly
unrelated events dramatically altered awareness of racism and experimental
art in Canada. These were the Human Rights Conference at Dalhousie University,
Halifax, Nova Scotia (Dec. 1968), and the Halifax Conference, organized
by New York Conceptual Art impresario, Seth Siegelaub, at the Nova Scotia
College of Art and Design (Oct. 1970). Although apparently unrelated, these
two events and the intense activism and cultural activities that underpinned
them, provoke the question: How does the history of social activism in Canada
intersect with developments in contemporary art? Works of art relevant to
my research are Canadian and American experimental film and early video,
underground newspapers, visual art, performance, music, and avant-garde
theatre. My background as a visual artist and writer, combined with studies
in music, dance and performance have brought a fine arts practice-oriented
perspective to my scholarship. Further, my experience teaching studio and
critical thinking skills to undergraduate Fine Arts and Humanities students
since 1996 has given me an understanding of some of the pressing concerns
for contemporary media and culture in education.
Verrall, Krys, The Black Conversation (Under review) 2002. Verrall,
Krys with images by Bill Burns, Fine Points on Memory and Escape
in Money, Value, Art: State Funding, Free Market, Big Pictures. Eds. Sally
McKay and Andrew Patterson. Toronto: YYZ. 2001.
Verrall, Krys, DYEBLUE:
studies on time, identity and creative production, website and CD ROM. An
interdisciplinary multimedia project. Produced with assistance from the
Art Gallery of York University and the Faculty of Graduate Studies, York
Verrall, Krys, Art director,
co-editor and contributing artist, POP/EYE: 9 painters & a magazine.
The Magazine. A collaborative artists book project in 10 volumes.
Toronto: From a Pit collective, 1997.
Recent Conference Presentations:
Fixed Confluence: Interdisciplinary Language in Social Theory and
Fine Arts Practice Panelist, What is Interdisciplinarity? University
Art Association of Canada (Nov. 2002).
mid-sixties Black conversation Panelist and co-chair session Radical
Material: Making Waves in Art, Print Art and Print, Canadian Communication
Association annual conference (May 2002).
The Centre for Media
and Culture in Education at OISE/UT, Independent Images, Monthly Screening
and Discussion Series. Co-curator and presenter (Dec. 2001).
Portrait of the
: Identity, Representation and Professionalization.
Session chair and respondent. University Art Association of Canada (October
At the Limit:
60s-style Revolutionary Art/Politics. Panelist, Art/Culture Panel,
CSAA 2001. (May 2001)
Images & Stories
of Dissent: An Interdisciplinary Look at Radical Protest and Cultural Production.
Panelist, Interdisciplinarity and Social Change, Paradigms Lost and Paradigms
Gained: Negotiating Interdisciplinarity in the 21st Century, University
of Calgary (May 2001).
2001 Walking Woman-Incident Showcases. Installation Red Head Gallery showcases.
A Walking Woman Collective project with artist Tegan Smith, architect Paula
1998/99 DYE BLUE, an
artists/curatorial project for the Internet & CD-ROM. The Art
Gallery of York University, Toronto (Solo project)
1997 i.e. desire, Samuel
J. Zacks Gallery, North York (Solo exhibit)
POP/EYE: 9 painters
and a magazine, From a Pit collective, College Park, Toronto (Group show)
Exchange, York University, Toronto, Canada; Emily Carr Institute of Art
and Design, Vancouver, Canada; University of Western Sydney, Sydney, Australia
1995 True to Form, From
a Pit Collective, The Dufferin Mall, Toronto (Group show)
1994 Running the Gauntlet
. . . , Student Centre Gallery, Toronto (Solo
Neck and Neck, I.D.A.
Gallery, Toronto (Two person exhibit)
1987 Samhain Order out
of Chaos-Ritual Dwellings, Harbourfront Galleries, Toronto (Group show)
Rapport, Michael. Bringing art to the people Varsity, November
11, 1997 ? Vol. 118, No. 21.
John Bentley Mays. "Two
shows that show the unshowable", Globe and Mail, Toronto, September