The Artist: Sean Raggett
The Lowdown: Folded and framed, Sean Raggett's latest offering is a series of endearing and nostalgic T-shirts displaying a variety of ironic statements about the Vancouver school of conceptual photography.
The Coordinates: Photoconceptualism Is a Lifestyle shows at clothing store Eugene Choo (3683 Main Street) until next Thursday (November 17).
Process oriented: Raggett, a photographer by training, says this humorous detour is the result of research he did as a student at Emily Carr Institute. Interested in Ian Wallace's 1990 essay "Photoconceptual Art in Vancouver", the artist decided to update the discussion by using the ubiquitous survey format. He conducted brief interviews with students and instructors from several ECI programs, then chose the best responses. The 12 white crew-neck T-shirts are printed with rounded black-felt lettering reminiscent of suburban sports uniforms from the artist's youth.
What it all means: "An image can be read on many levels, and I feel that what's consistent about this show or body of work has to do with putting a question mark out there rather than saying this is a definitive statement of dot, dot, dot," Raggett explains at his Cambie Street apartment.