Jim Carrey Art in Montreal
(June 5, 2019 – Montréal, Québec) Jim Carrey is known to most people as a comedic genius on the silver screen, but since 2016, his Twitter feed has been the canvas for a series of satirical and subversive cartoons, penned in response to headlining news. As part of Phi’s commitment to celebrating technology-based media, the arts centre will present the world premiere of This Light Never Goes Out, featuring over 50 works by Canadian-born Jim Carrey in an exhibition running from June 20 to September 1, 2019.
Phoebe Greenberg, Founder and Director of Phi said: “We are privileged to present Jim Carrey’s delicate composition of drawings on paper conveying his indignation of the present political climate since the inauguration of the current President of the United States. We are pleased to be presenting these works chronologically illustrating Carrey’s use of the social media platform Twitter as an effective dissemination tool.”
Uniquely defined by its own digital context, Jim Carrey’s art follows the long tradition of social and political satire made prominent by British caricaturist James Gillray in the late 18th century. Jim Carrey’s works are potent and can offer comedic relief and ignite activism through their honesty and rawness.
“I don’t hate the subjects of my cartoons. I hate their unconsciousness,” said Carrey. “Expressing my feelings of outrage through my art on social media has allowed me to stand in solidarity with millions of kindred spirits.”
The cartoons assail members of the American political Right, many who are abusing their political power to call on Twitter to ban Jim Carrey for his drawings. Combining artistic talent with a social message, the exhibition demonstrates how creative civic engagement can influence public debate, a theme that runs through all exhibitions at Phi this summer.
The Phi Centre is located at 407 Saint-Pierre Street, Montreal. There is more information and ticket purchase available on the Phi Centre website.