Tracy McMenemy – Songs of the Smoke
November 1 - December 4, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, November 10, from 6-9pm
Tracy McMenemy – Songs of the Smoke

It all started with a visit to the Seaforth Armoury, at the South end of the Burrard Bridge in Vancouver. While pouring over the original Armoury’s architectural blueprints from the 1930's, I was drawn in by the poetic images and objects from the Great World Wars. Through letters and photographs packed densely in boxes, lives of dozens of people emerged: from their days at the front to the mundane, like a son thanking his mother for a sweater. I realized, then, that the story I needed to tell was beyond our city’s historical architectural presence.

At the Armoury, the tension between opulent chandeliers and furniture juxtapose the imagery of bombs, explosions, and men preparing for war. Although times were dark, there is always a gleam of light and hope throughout. The smoke, a common backdrop back then, transports itself to the panels through fumage. The candle becomes the paintbrush and the fog, instead of masking, brings forward a range of new meanings, and invites us to wonder: What do we see behind the smoke? How do we feel underneath it? What memories does it evoke?

Songs of the Smoke is more than an organized presentation of artworks: it is a collective memory. As songs are stories told over and over, the show is intended to allow people to revisit, reinterpret, and give new meaning to wartime. It is a form of resignifying and, ultimately, healing.

Battle Lines
Battle Lines
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
38 x 60 inches

 

 

 

United
United
fumage on panel
2017
8 x 6 inches

 

 

 

Type S
Type S
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
40 x 29 inches

 

 

 

Type R
Type R
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
40 x 29 inches

 

 

 

Undercover
Undercover
acrylic, ink, fumage, and bond paper on panel
2017
6 x 8 inches

 

 

 

Dawn
Dawn
acrylic, ink, fumage, and bond paper on panel
2017
6 x 8 inches

 

 

 

Take Flight
Take Flight
fumage on panel
2017
6 x 8 inches

 

 

 

Type U
Type U
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
40 x 29 inches

 

 

 

Stand Still
Stand Still
acrylic, ink, fumage, and bond paper on panel
2017
6 x 8 inches

 

 

 

Vimmy
Vimy
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
32 x 43 inches

 

 

 

Type T
Type T
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
40 x 29 inches

 

 

 

I Was Lost in Darkness
I Was Lost in Darkness
acrylic, ink, fumage, and bond paper on panel
2017
14 x 11 inches

 

 

 

Smoke Screen
Smoke Screen
fumage, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
8 x 6 inches

 

 

 

Shroud of War
Shroud of War
fumage, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
8 x 6 inches

 

 

 

I Have Seen the Light
I Have Seen the Light
acrylic, ink, fumage, and bond paper on panel
2017
14 x 11 inches

 

 

 

Home Away From Home
Home Away From Home
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
66 x 60 inches

 

 

 

I Have Seen the Light
Parade
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
14 x 11 inches

 

 

 

Highlanders
Highlanders
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
32 x 24 inches

 

 

 

Officers Mess
Officer’s Mess
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
60 x 40 inches

 

 

 

Something to Write Home About
Something to Write Home About
acrylic, ink, fumage, and bond paper on panel
2017
32 x 24 inches

 

 

 

Little Trumpet
Little Trumpet
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
8 x 6 inches

 

 

 

Ghost Drawing R
Ghost Drawing R
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
25 x 20 inches

 

 

 

Grounded
Grounded
ink, fumage, and bond paper on panel
2017
6 x 8 inches

 

 

 

Fume
Fume
fumage on panel
2017
6 x 8 inches

 

 

 

Ghost Drawing U
Ghost Drawing U
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
25 x 20 inches

 

 

 

Forbidden Zone
Forbidden Zone
acrylic, bond paper, fumage, and laser cut on panel
2017
22 x 36 inches

 

 

 

Fog
Fog
fumage on panel
2017
6 x 8 inches

 

 

 

Ghost Drawing T
Ghost Drawing T
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
25 x 20 inches

 

 

 

Fabric of War
Fabric of War
fumage on linen
2017
8 x 9 inches

 

 

 

Harbour
Harbour
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
8 x 6 inches

 

 

 

Ghost Drawing S
Ghost Drawing S
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
25 x 20 inches

 

 

 

Escort
Escort
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
38 x 60 inches

 

 

 

Canvas
Canvas
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
6 x 8 inches

 

 

 

Camouflage
Camouflage
fumage on panel
2017
6 x 8 inches

 

 

 

Boys to Men
Boys to Men
acrylic, ink, fumage, and bond paper on panel
2017
14 x 11 inches

 

 

 

Boom
Boom
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
38 x 60 inches

 

 

 

Combustion
Combustion
ink, fumage, and bond paper on panel
2017
6 x 8 inches

 

 

 

Down Time
Down Time
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
6 x 8 inches

 

 

 

Carbon Deposit
Carbon Deposit
ink, fumage, and bond paper on panel
2017
6 x 8 inches

 

 

 

The Ridge
The Ridge
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
32 x 43 inches

 

 

 

Home Comforts
Home Comforts
acrylic, ink, and bond paper on panel
2017
6 x 9 inches