Vincent Trasov

1947 Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
1966-68 Majored in languages (French, German, English) and humanities at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
1967-68 Travelled to Australia and New Zealand as seaman aboard German freighter Cap Colorado.
1968 Invited to USSR as official cultural guest. Visited Moscow, Leningrad, Minsk, Kiev, Yalta and Gurzuf.
1969 First fire process performances and works. Formed the concept of an “Image Bank” (since 1990 the Morris/Trasov Archive) with Michael Morris.
1971 Began producing videotapes.
1969-74 Assumed the identity of Mr. Peanut in exploring identity, persona, anthropomorphism and contemporary mythology. Ran for mayor of Vancouver in 1974 as Mr. Peanut with the support of the artistic community on the following art platform: P for Performance, E for Elegance, A for Art, N for Nonsense, U for Uniqueness and T for Talent. Received 3.4% of the vote.
1973-80 Co-founder and co-director of Western Front Society, Vancouver. 1981 Artist-in-Residence, Berliner Kuenstlerprogramm, DAAD.

1990 Accessioned Morris/Trasov Archive during artist-in-residency at Banff Centre.
1999 Selected by the Vancouver Sun as one of the top one hundred British Columbians who (as an artist) shaped the province over the past century. 2016 Lives and works in Berlin and Vancouver.

Solo Exhibitions
1991 The Word Paintings Montréal, Oboro. Winnipeg, Plug In Inc. Vancouver, UBC Fine Arts Gallery.
1992 The Word Paintings Toronto, Gallery 76. Windsor, Windsor Art Gallery.
1993 STRASSENBILD – Street Painting Berlin, Akademie der Kuenste, Galerie am Pariser Platz.
1994 STRASSENBILD – Street Painting Abgeordnetenhaus von Berlin.
1995 Berliner STRASSENNAMEN IM DRITTEN REICH – Berlin Street Names in the Third Reich Berlin, Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien.
1997 Harmony Victoria, Winchester Galleries.
2001 The Mr. Peanut Mayoralty Campaign 1974 Vancouver, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, UBC.
2004 Histories Vancouver, Tracey Lawrence Gallery.
2005 The Mr. Peanut: Mayoralty Campaign 1974 Victoria, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
2006 The Mr. Peanut Mayoralty Campaign 1974 Art Gallery of the South Okanagan, Penticton.
2008 Mr. Peanut a.k.a. Vincent Trasov Weserburg Museum für Moderne Kunst, Bremen, Germany
2012 Selected Works 1980 to 2012, Trench Gallery, Vancouver
2014 Selected Drawings- 2005 to 2014- Waapart, Vancouver.

Group Exhibitions
1983 Vancouver: Art and Artists 1931-1983, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver.
1986 Das andere Land: Auslaendische Kuenstler in der Bundesrepublik, Große Orangerie, Schloß Charlottenburg, Berlin.
1991 Interferenzen: Kunst aus Westberlin 1960-1990, Riga, Latvia.
1994 Out of America, Amerika Haus, Berlin. 5 Jahre Danach, Haus am Luetzowplatz, Berlin.
1995 Werkschau 3: Konzepte-Objekte-Installationen, Neues Kunstquartier Berlin, Berlin.
1996 International Artists Writing Reading Room, Side Street Projects Gallery, Santa Monica, California. Transient Moments: Vancouver and the Performance Photograph, Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver.
1997 Gift for India, Gallery Chemould, Max Muller Bhawan and Artists Centre, Bombay.
1999-2001 Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin, 1950s-1980s, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York (travelling exhibition).
2002 Looking for Dick, Open Studio, Toronto.
2003 The Williams Legacy: Contemporary Art of the Pacific Northwest, University of Victoria, Victoria. Temporal Surfaces, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver. In My Solitude, Gallery Neubacher, Toronto.
2007 The Monochromatic Field: Works from the Collection, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver. Collecting Works on Paper, Virginia Christopher Fine Art Gallery, Calgary.
2008 Art Metropole: The Top 100; Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; organized by the National Gallery of Canada.
2009 Berlin 89/09 Kunst Zwischen Spurensuche und Utopie Art Between Traces of the Past and Utopian Futures, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin. Fall MauerFall Grenzueberschreitungen und Grenzerfahrungen im Spiegel der Kunst, Stadtmuseum Berlin. All That is Solid Melts Into Air Five Reflections on Materialist Spirituality in Contemporary Art, Mechelen, Cultuursite Onder de Toren, Belgium.
2010 Make It Strange, Malaspina Printmakers, Vancouver. Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Edmonton, Vancouver. Constellation & Correspondences Networking Between Artists 1970-1980, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives.
2011 Faces Works from the Permanent Collection, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver Unreal Works from the Permanent Collection, Vancouver Art Gallery. Like Some Pool of Fire, Open Space, Victoria. Selected Works from the Gordon and Marion Smith Collection, Art Gallery of West Vancouver. Calgary Collects; The Art Gallery of Calgary. Exchange and Evolution 1974 – 1999, International Video Program; Long Beach Museum of Art.
2012 John Blake: Artists Collection May 15 to July 20 Amsterdam Holland
2014 Papier 14 Contemporary Art Fair of Works on Paper Montreal Through the Looking Glass May 16 to Sept. 7, 2014; Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. This Area is under 23 Hour Video and Audio Surveillance September 2014 to August 2015, Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto
2015 B..C Almanac(h) CB, September 30 to November 29, Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver BC.

Publications
1971 Image Bank Postcard Show. Toronto: Coach House Press.
1972 International Image Exchange Directory. Vancouver: Talonbooks.
1974 “Image Bank Directory Issue,” File, no 7. Toronto.
1976 The Rise and Fall of the Peanut Party. Journal: Twenty Days in November (with John Mitchell). Vancouver: Air.
1977 Image Bank Postcard Show. Vancouver and New York City: Image Bank.
1978 “Image Bank Correspondence Issue,” Art Rite, no. 18. New York: Dollar Art Series.
1982 Berliner Bilder. Berlin: Galerie Ars Viva Edition and Berliner Kuenstlerprogramm, DAAD.
1982 Video Narcissus (with Michael Morris). Galerie Ars Viva Edition, Berlin and Berliner Kuenstlerprogramm, DAAD.
1990 Morris/Trasov Archive tabloid. Banff: Banff Centre and Morris/Trasov Archive.
1991 Word Paintings. Vancouver: UBC Fine Arts Gallery.
1992 Morris/Trasov Archive Portfolio No. 1: The Search for the Hand of the Spirit. Vancouver: Morris/Trasov Archive and University of British Columbia, Fine Arts Gallery.
1994 Hand of the Spirit: Documents of the Seventies from the Morris/Trasov Archive. Vancouver: Morris/Trasov Archive and University of British Columbia, Fine Arts Gallery.
1994 Colour Research: Morris/Trasov Archive. XXII Bienal Internacional de São Paulo. Winnipeg: Plug In Editions.
1999 How Sad I am Today: The Art of Ray Johnson and the New York Correspondence School (website). Vancouver: Sharla Sava, Morris/Trasov Archive and Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. Zero Hour: Tenth Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall (website). Vancouver: Morris/Trasov Archive, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and the UBC Institute for European Studies.
2000 Colour Research 1967-2000 (website). Vancouver: Patrick Chan and Morris/Trasov Archive.
2001 Ray Johnson: How Sad I am Today. Vancouver: Morris/Trasov Archive and Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery.

Catalogues, Pamphlets, Brochures
1979 Live Art: 1909 to the Present. Edited by Roselee Goldberg New York: Abrams.
1983 Vancouver: Art and Artists 1931-1983. Vancouver: Vancouver Art Gallery.
1986 Das andere Land: Auslaendische Kuenstler in der Bundesrepublik. Berlin: Edition Deplana.
1986 Buero Berlin – Ein Produktionsbegriff. Berlin: Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin.
1991 Interferenzen: Kunst aus Westberlin 1960-1990. Berlin: Neue Gesellschaft fuer bildende Kunst. practising beauty. Curatorial Laboratory Projects #5. Hamilton, Ontario. Art Gallery of Hamilton.
1992 La Collection: tableau inaugural. Montreal: Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.
1993 Whispered Art History: Twenty Years at the Western Front. Edited by Keith Wallace. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press.
1995 Werkschau 3: Konzepte-Objekte-Installationen. Berlin: Neues Kunstquartier Berlin. Senatsverwaltung fuer Soziales – Kuenstlerfoerderung.
1995 “Zwei kanadische Kuenstler in Berlin – Impulse fuer ein unabhaengiges Netzwerk.” Zeitschrift fuer Kulturaustausch 1995/2. Stuttgart: Institut fuer Auslandsbeziehungen.
1995 “Erinnerungskarton” from the exhibition 5 Jahre danach. Berlin: Haus am Luetzowplatz.
1997 “Art and Design,” Magazine Profile No. 54. Guest edited by Michael Petry. London, England.
2000 Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin, 1950s-1980s. Queens, New York: Queens Museum of Art.
2002 Golden Streams Artists’ Collaboration and Exchange in the 1970s. Mississauga: Blackwood Gallery.
2009 All That Is Solid Melts Into Air Five Reflections on Materialist Spirituality in Contemporary Art, Mechelen Cultuursite Onder de Toren. Berlin 89/09 Kunst Zwischen Spurensuche und Utopie Art Between Traces of the Past and Utopian Futures, Berlinische Galerie. FallMauerFall, Stiftung Stadtmuseum, Ephraim Palais Berlin
2010 Documentary Protocols (1967-1975), Galerie Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Université Concordia University, Montréal. Constellation & Correspondences Networking Between Artists 1970-1980, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives.
2011 Byproduct On the Excess of Embedded Art Practices; edited by Marisa Jahn; YYZ Books, Toronto.
2013 The Last Art College Nova Scotia College of Art & Design 1968 – 1978; Garry Neill Kennedy;Cambridge, The MIT Press, 2013.

Morris/Trasov Archive Exhibitions and Performances
1992 Morris/Trasov Archive Inaugural Exhibition, UBC Fine Arts Gallery, Vancouver.
1994 Hand of the Spirit: Documents of the Seventies from the Morris/Trasov Archive, UBC Fine Arts Gallery, Vancouver.
1994 Morris/Trasov Archive Colour Research, XXII Bienal Internacional, São Paulo.
1995 Morris/Trasov Archive Colour Research, Plug In Gallery, Winnipeg.
1996 Colour Research: Works from the Morris/Trasov Archive at Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver.
1997 Morris/Trasov Archive On Line (e-mail and Internet exhibition),Tang Station, Berlin.
1999 How Sad I am Today: The Art of Ray Johnson and the New York Correspondence School, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver. Zero Hour: Tenth Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Morris/Trasov Archive, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Western Front Society and Goethe-Institute, Vancouver.
2000 Gay Chic of the 70s from the Morris/Trasov Archive, Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver.
2002 Golden Streams Artists’ Collaboration and Exchange in the 1970s, Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga.
2005 Classified Materials>>Accumulations, Archives, Artists,Vancouver Art Gallery.
2005-2006 Intertidal Vancouver Art & Artists at Muhka, Antwerp, Museum of Contemporary Art.
2007 The Monochromatic Field: Works from the collection, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver. Before the Internet: Networks and Art, Western Front Society, Vancouver. Documentary Protocols I: Emulations of the Administrative ethos in Artistic Practises of the 1960s and 1970s in Canada, Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montreal. The Great Learning – Origin of the hand of the spirit and the shark-fin bathing cap Performance at Western Front Society, October 20, 2007, as part of “LIVE” Performance Art Biennale Vancouver October 11 – 28 2007.
2008 Documentary Protocols II. Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montreal. Light On in Babyland 1970-1974, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, Toronto
2009 All That is Solid Melts Into Air Five Reflections on Materialist Spirituality in Contemporary Art, Mechelen, Cultuursite Onder de Toren, Belgium.
2010 Make it Strange, Malaspina Printmakers, Vancouver. Art’s Birthday 2010: Artists’ Network Meeting, Project Space, ESA, PatrickStudios, Leeds (screening of The Great Learning). Aion Experiment, Project Arts Centre, Dublin.
2012 Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965 1980 September 29, 2012 to January 20, 2913 at Vancouver Art Gallery. Again Again and Again: Serial Formats and Repetitive Actions, VAG. Papyri, Guestbooks and Similar Departures by Guests of the Emily Harvey Foundation 2004 – 2012, October 19 – 27, Venice, Italy.
2013 Continental Drift Konzeptkunst in Kanada- die 1960er und 70er Jahre, Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe 19.04.2013 – 23.06.2013
2014-06-01 Get Hold of this Space La carte de l’art conceptual au Canada May 20 – Sept. 5 at centre culturel canadien Paris.
2015-03-28 Mondo Artie “Yves Klein Fan Club” performance at Galerie Eva Vautier, Nice.
2015-04-10 Mondo Artie A Network Event with video and performance, Archivio Emily Harvey, Venice.

Selected Bibliography
1972 File Megazine Vol. 1 No. 1 cover, General Idea, Toronto.
1973 IS 12/13 West Coast Issue, edited by Victor Coleman and George Bowering, Coach House Press, Toronto.
1974 Esquire, August “Their Art Belongs to Dada“ by Susan Subtle and Bud Lee. The Vancouver Sun, October 30 cover “Mr. Peanut runs for Mayor”.
1976 The Rise and Fall of the Peanut Party. Journal: Twenty Days in November (John Mitchel and Vincent Trasov). Vancouver: Air 27.
1977 Andy Warhol’s Interview Vol VII no 2 February “Art in View” by Ronnie Cutrone. Arts Canada March/ April, “The Rise and Fall of the Peanut Party”, by AA Bronson [page 72}. L’Uomo Vogue, “Due artisti canadese in New York”
1979 Live Art: 1909 to the Present. edited by Roselee Goldberg, New York: Abrams. Art and Correspondence from the Western Front, Western Front Society, Vancouver.
1982 Style inform! Mannerism A Theory of Culture, Vancouver Art Gallery.
1989 Video Guide, “In these Times of Diminishing Visual Returns: the Video Work of Michael Morris and Vincent Trasov,” by Karen Henry,vol. 10, no. 1 (March). [page 3 and 18].
1991 Art in America, “Report from Montréal-Modernity and the City,” by Marcia E. Vetrocq, vol. 79, no. 11 (November).
1992 Canadian Art, “Vincent Trasov: Word Paintings,” by Christina Ritchie, vol. 9, no. 4 (Winter). [page 67-68].
1993 Whispered Art History: Twenty Years at the Western Front, edited by Keith Wallace, Vancouver, Arsenal Pulp Press.
1994 Hand of the Spirit: Documents of the Seventies from the Morris/Trasov Archive, Morris/Trasov Archive and University of British Columbia, Fine Arts Gallery.
1995 BorderCrossings, “Bar Everyone,” by Alison Gillmor, vol. 14, no. 1 (November).
1999 The Vancouver Sun, “100 British Columbians” Vincent Trasov a.k.a. Mr. Peanut, (December 15) [page F11].
2000 Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin, 1950s-1980s. Queens, New York: Queens Museum of Art.
2001 “The Mr. Peanut Mayoralty Campaign of 1974”, by Keith Wallace, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, UBC.
2002 Golden Streams Artists’ Collaboration and Exchange in the 1970s , by Luis Jacob, Mississauga, Blackwood Gallery.
2004 National Post, “Mr. Peanut through the Ages,” by Julia Dault (June 24) [page B 3]. Georgia Straight, “Trasov’s Nutty Art: Crunchy and Smooth”, by Robin Laurence (July 22).
2005 Times Colonist, “A really nutty character”, by Grania Litwin (June 2). Times Colonist, “Memories of Mr. Peanut and a parallel art world”, by Robert Amos (June 16) [page D6]. Canadian Art, “The Mr. Peanut Mayoralty Campaign of 1974”, by Allan Antliff, Fall, Vol. 22, No.3. [page 140].
2008 The Globe and Mail, “Mr. Peanut for mayor! Not as nuts as it sounds”, by Marsha Lederman, (June 21) [page R3]. Times Colonist, “Nut who ran for mayor has place in B.C. story”, by Grania Litwin (June 18) [page C11]. Chosen by the Royal B.C. Museum Victoria as one of British Columbia’s influential characters of the past 150 years in its installation “Free Spirit: Stories of You, Me and B.C.”
2011 Byproduct On the Excess of Embedded Art Practices; edited by Marisa Jahn; YYZ Books, Toronto.
2012 The Vancouver Sun, “Mr. Peanut has been busy raising a family”, by Kevin Griffin (May 24) [page C12]. The Globe and Mail, “This fall, my vote goes to Mr. Peanut” by Sahra Milroy (Sept. 29) [page R5].
2013 The Last Art College Nova Scotia College of Art & Design 1968 – 1978; Garry Neill Kennedy; Cambridge, The MIT Press.
2014 BorderCrossings, “Time Past and Time Present” by Robert Enright in Borderviews Volume 33 Number 2 June, July, August.

Awards
1981 DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) Berliner Kuenstlerprogramm.
2008 MAYOR’S AWARDS 2008; Award for Public Art, Vancouver, June 23.
2015 Emily Harvey Foundation Residency, Venice March 16 – April 30, 2015

Websites
www.vincenttrasov.ca
www.michaelmorris.ca
www.belkin-gallery.ubc.ca