Please join us in welcoming the Queen of Bananaland,
🍌🍌 Anna Banana! 🍌🍌
The original 100% Anna Banana will join us Thursday, October 12th from 5-7pm.
Anna will be reading from About VILE, the final issue of Vile Magazine, published between 1974 — 1983. This critical issue contains a history of the magazine, a summary of Anna Banana’s events in San Francisco, and of Futurist Sound, her and Gaglione’s 1978 European Tour. Included in the extensive documentation is a letter David Buchan wrote in 1977 from Art Metropole to Vile, regarding copies that had been sent to AM, but were held at the border by Canadian Customs.
Drop by the shop for this rare chance to meet and speak with Anna Banana herself, and pick up a signed copy of the essential About VILE. Reading will begin at 6pm.
Copies of Anna Banana: 45 Years of Fooling Around With A. Banana, edited by Michelle Jacques, will also be available in the shop. This publication is a compelling retrospective of the artist’s work and her place in art history.
Born in Victoria, BC in 1940, Anna has lived and worked in Victoria, Vancouver, Big Sur, Sooke, San Francisco and currently, Roberts Creek, BC. Her mail-art practice, begun in ‘71 led to and facilitated several performance tours & interactive events in Europe; Futurist Sound, Proof Positive Germany is Going Bananas, Banana Communion, But, is it Art? not to mention her large, interactive public events such as the Banana Olympics; ‘75 in San Francisco, ‘80 in Surrey, BC. It also led to the publication of her newsletters Banana Rag ‘71-’16, Artistamp News ‘91-96, 7 issues VILE Magazine 74- ‘82, and International Art Post (full color stamps by artists) from 1988-2014, all documenting network activities. She is currently working toward a book; Verbal & Visual NETWORK PORTRAITS; and stamp edition, documenting long-term mail-artists now that the Mail Art Network is devolving into facebook and other social media with special thanks to ever increasing postal rates."
Banana image courtesy of Kunstverein Toronto. Be sure to catch the closing party of Anna’s exhibition at Kunstverein Toronto on Friday, October 13th at Mulherin Gallery at 1086 Queen St. W! kvtoronto.com/