Steven Shearer's work often brings the subject of adolescent rebellion and youth subculture into the fold of contemporary art and the broader context of art history. In List, the artist has created an alphabetical catalogue documenting names of obscure death metal recordings and albums he found on various amateur tape trading websites. The list gives physical form to the reoccurrence of dark and adverse imagery in death metal. Shearer intentionally constructed the document using small text that, while graphically intriguing from a distance, is only legible if examined quite closely. Through this comprehensive classificatory account, Shearer chronicles the ideals of this impressionable, defiant, post-war suburban faction of youths, who oftentimes reject the conventions modern society has bestowed upon them.
Materialsink jet print
164 x 107 cm
Gift of the artist, Vancouver, 2005