Daryl Vocat opens at the Dunlop Gallery in Regina with his The Secret of the Midnight Shadow, illustrations lifted from Boy Scout manuals, manipulated, enlarged and redrawn life-size. Like a pop-up book come to life, it is the evolution of a smaller exhibition a number of years ago at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre.
In the forest lurks all manner of fears. We can’t see what lies ahead, nor behind. As we make our way through the night, shadows come alive, and we are enveloped by the unknown. It is in this hidden world where The Secret of the Midnight Shadow lurks. At night a different kind of creature makes the forest home. –Artist Statement
The boys claim this place as their own, haunting it with their presence. They learn to reconcile past experiences and beliefs with a world opening up to a multitude of potentialities, of ways of being in the world, of being together, of being community. –Artist Statement
Originally from Regina, Daryl Vocat lives and works in Toronto. He has a BFA from the University of Regina and an MFA from York University. Vocat has exhibited extensively throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. His works are in the numerous public collections including The New York Public Library, The National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives, the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in New York, The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery in Vancouver and the City of Toronto. Vocat is represented by KWT Contemporary in Toronto.