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Shuvinai Ashoona & Shary Boyle – Universal Cobra


Shuvinai Ashoona & Shary Boyle
Universal Cobra
Released: February 6, 2016
Format: Softcover Book
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In the 2009 exhibition Noise Ghost, held at the University of Toronto’s Justina M Barnicke gallery, curator Nancy Campbell paired the drawings of Shuvinai Ashoona and Shary Boyle. It was the first time the artists had encountered each other’s work. In 2011 Boyle traveled to Cape Dorset in Nunavut to meet Ashoona and draw for three weeks alongside the artists of Kinngait studios. During that trip Ashoona and Boyle made their first drawing on the same page: Ashoona titled it Universal Cobra Pussy. Over the next few years, during her rare trips south, Ashoona would visit Boyle in Toronto. Boyle mailed up posters and books of her work, and sent postcards.

In late summer of 2015, Shary Boyle made four drawings in Montreal and left sections of each blank. Simultaneously, Shuvinai Ashoona made three in Cape Dorset, leaving regions of white space. Boyle flew to Baffin Island in late September 2015, and for five days they worked again at the Kinngait studios. Swapping drawings, Ashoona and Boyle completed each other’s images, occasionally going back onto the same page while the other was working.

This is a limited edition companion publication to exhibition held at Pierre-Francois Ouellette art contemporain (Montreal, QC) in collaboration with Feheley Fine Arts from November 2, 2015 – December 19, 2015. 23 full colour drawings with details.

Softcover: 48 pages. 18cm x 23cm (7″ x 9″). Limited edition of 200 copies.

Includes two oversized, full colour postcards of Ashoona & Boyle collaborative drawings.

  • Universal Cobra. Cover.
  • 48 full colour pages. 7" x 9"
  • February 2016.
  • ISBN 978-0-9949734-0-5