Howard Huge

Organized by Eric Metcalfe as “a massive image fix of the man, his many enterprises and the people who surround him.”

Eric Metcalfe was a co-founder of the Western Front (1973 to the present) of which he continues to be a member. Metcalfe’s start was in Victoria – St. Michaels School, Oak Bay High School, and the University of Victoria from which he received an undergraduate degree in 1969. Special influences fro him were Bill West, Jan Zach, Pat Martin Bates, Richard Ciccimarra, Max Bates, Flemming Jorgensen, Don Harvey, John Dobereiner, and others. Metcalfe’s Dr. Brute alter ego (1969-1975), which expressed itself in performance, was influenced by the fluxus movement which embraced the spontaneous creation of art from materials at hand.Leopard Reality (1969-1974), a collaborative project involving video, performance and installation, looks at notions of public taste. Steel and Flesh (1980), Sax Island (1984) and Duster (1994) – all three are in the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Modern Art, New York – further explore societal values. The Vancouver Art Gallery in its recent Classified Materials exhibition (October 15, 2005 – January 2006) exhibited his video, photographic and sculptural piece Howard Hughes Inc. (1977). The Attic Project (2001-2002) consisting of replicas of 5th and 6th century B.C. Greek vessels was a bogus piece to critique museum seriousness. Laura, curated by Lorna Brown, originated in 1999 at Artspeak Conceptual Art Gallery in Vancouver and deconstructs the 1944 film ”Laura” by Otto Preminger. Currently Laura is touring western Canada.