John Ancheta

“I am a multidisciplinary artist with a current focus on sound and video installation. My work centres on digital mapping and urban geography, and I contend with/subvert popular media genres such as diy, mixtapes, mashups and supercuts. I am also a former member of the artist collective and multi-genre band Yamantaka//Sonic Titan [Paper Bag Records (Canada)/Suicide Squeeze Records (U.S.), All Tomorrow’s Parties (UK)]. During my time with the collective, our critically acclaimed debut album YT//ST won the 2012 GAMIQ Experimental Album of the Year Award and was short-listed for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize . Additionally, our collective’s sophomore album UZU , was short-listed for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize and was nominated for a Juno in the category of Best Alternative Album of the Year in 2014. Prior to my music career, I was represented by Battat Contemporary where I was given the opportunity to stage a number of solo painting exhibitions along with several publications. My large-scale oil paintings contend with collective memory and the unseeable, they have been exhibited in Canada and Italy, and are housed in private and public collections in Canada, United States, Italy and Israel. I hold a BFA with a minor in philosophy from Concordia University graduating with Distinction.”

Works by John Ancheta in the Transient Exhibition

4 channel video installation

Kaboom! is a quasi-advertisement that confronts the intangible and omni-present fear within the media landscape. This work examines a disconnect in communication, by using a visual medium that resists meaning. To a large extent, political and media entities frame environmental knowledge and policy. Kaboom! highlights the importance of politics within the Anthropocene.