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Left: window view, above: detail, photos: John Howarth

Alexander Irving
Janus – for Anne Carson

11.12.09 – 19.01.10

Janus – for Anne Carson is a circular text piece in neon that reads EVERY EXIT IS AN ENTRANCE. Janus is the Roman god of doorways, of beginnings and endings, and from which the month of January derives its name. The work is dedicated to the poet and classicist, Anne Carson who quotes Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, pointing out that “every exit is an entrance somewhere else”. The piece hangs in *QueenSpecific to illuminate and herald the coming year.

A special thank you to Orest Tataryn.

Alexander Irving was born in 1962 in Ottawa, Ontario. He received a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1987 and his Masters of Fine Art from York University in 2000. He has been exhibiting his work since 1986 most recently in 2008 at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in an exhibition to launch Carte Blanche 2: Painting, a publication on Canadian contemporary painting, in which his work was also included. Irving currently lives and works in Toronto where he holds the post of Lecturer at the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus.

Other examples of his work can be seen at www.alexanderirving.com

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