Janice Kerbel

A print project announces a series of remarkable characters

Janice Kerbel's Remarkable is a print project taking 19th-century fairground posters as its inspiration and heralding the arrival of a series of remarkable characters. Building on her interest in predicting events, each print evokes a figure created in response to a specific detail relating to the fair.

Developing her interest in the prediction of events, in the artist's own words the project 'announces the achievements of a range of extraordinary beings imagined in response to the context of the fair. In the tradition of printed broadsides and fairground ephemera, Remarkable employs hyperbolic language and un-illustrated texts to conjure these unique individuals. Produced to be distributed daily throughout the fair, the work acts to alert visitors to the potential presence of these anomalous attractions'.

Remarkable continues Kerbel’s fascination with deception in all its forms, the outcomes of which have ranged from plausible but impractical plans for a bank heist to a cheat’s pack of playing cards and a town designed specifically for ghosts. The artist’s understanding of the visual codes that surround these activities allow her work to exist in its own reality, between thought and action, where suggestion and expectation flourish. 

Janice Kerbel is a Canadian artist based in London. Recent solo exhibitions including '1st at Moderna', Moderna Museet, Stockholm, and 'Deadstar', Locus+, Newcastle (both 2006). Recent group exhibitions include Musee d'art de Joliette, Joilette (2008), 'True Romance', Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, 'Art Now Live', Tate Britain, London, Monstreal Biennail (all 2007), 'Around the World in 80 Days', South London Gallery (2006), and the 'British Art Show 6', BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead and touring (2005).