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ARTINFO Canada’s 30 Under 30 2014

blouin art info

ARTINFO Canada’s 30 Under 30 2014

Lists like this one are both popular and divisive. They promote youth, they frame geographical centers, and suggest definitiveness where only opinion exists. They also perpetuate a publishing model that’s increasingly pervasive, the “list,” a format rightly criticized for its reduction of content to consumable rations of data.

ARTINFO Canada published last year’s “30 Under 30” list when I was myself in my late twenties, and still emerging in my art-writing career. The process of drawing that list together (researching my peer group and making decisions around their profile and potential), and watching its reception unfold (it was widely read, widely criticized, and impacting), was a bit like growing up. And while I could acknowledge its positive effects (the list launched several of its subjects onto the national, and international, stage), its critical reception was a good reminder of why these articles need to be produced with consideration.

When done well, though, these lists have the effect of inching us closer to an idea of who we are and where we’re headed. Our country’s cultural capital, its most energetic emerging proponents, are profiled like bottled hope.

Brian Sholis, a curator associated with the famed – and criticized – “Younger Than Jesus” exhibition, which surveyed fifty artists under the age of 33, noted that our generation “cannot yet be defined.” He reflected on the New Museum’s effort to pen its emerging subjects as “quixotic,” and akin to “playing darts while blindfolded.”

Efforts like this one attract attention because they’re debatable, their production serving as a catalyst for discussions on achievement and perception. But they have the potential to inspire larger conversations, too, about the matter of youth, the matter of potential, and, as the late, great Carol Shields wrote, the nagging issue of our advancing age bringing with it “the diminishment of limitless possibility.”

Photo credt: Alain Décarie

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