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Assemblage | Al Neil
Vancouver Art in the Sixties

The Assemblage Work of Al Neil

Neil started producing large-scale assemblages in the trees outside his place in Dollarton, BC. Working with his partner Carole Itter – sometimes in collaboration, sometimes in tandem – he produced an ever-changing tableau in the woods beside his cabin. These works were never meant to be static and they show the age and condition of the elements within them. They take on many different configurations, a little bit like improvisational jazz. It became a distinctly West Coast version of Schwitter’s Merzbau as an ever-changing abstract sculpture. Neil showed some of the earlier works and others at the Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition, West Coast Lokas, in 1972.


Beach Assemblages

Al Neil, Beach Assemblage (detail), Dollarton, 1972 to present, photo Carole Itter Al Neil, Beach Assemblage (detail), Dollarton, 1972 to present, photo Carole Itter Al Neil, Beach Assemblage, Dollarton, 1972 to present, photo Carole Itter Al Neil, Beach Assemblage, Dollarton, 1972 to present, photo Tod Greenaway Al Neil, Beach Assemblage (detail), Dollarton, 1972 to present, photo Carole Itter
Al Neil, Beach Assemblage, Dollarton, 1972 to present, photo Carole Itter Al Neil, Beach Assemblage (detail), Dollarton, 1972 to present, photo Carole Itter Al Neil, Beach Assemblage, Dollarton, 1972 to present, photo Carole Itter Al Neil, Beach Assemblage, Dollarton, 1972 to present, photo Carole Itter Al Neil, Beach Assemblage, Dollarton, 1972 to present, photo Carole Itter
Al Neil, Beach Assemblage (detail), Dollarton, 1972 to present, photo Carole Itter Al Neil, Beach Assemblage (detail), Dollarton, 1972 to present, photo Carole Itter Al Neil, Assemblage on Rock, Dollarton, begun 1966 -, photo Jim Jardine

West Coast Lokas

Al Neil, Nixon in Peking, 1972, photo Tod Greenaway Al Neil, Assemblage from West Coast Lokas, 1972, photo Tod Greenaway Al Neil, Beach Assemblage (detail), Dollarton, 1972 to present, photo Carole Itter Al Neil, Left: Existence, dedicated to Alfred Jarry, begun 1972, Right: Buffalo Man Costume, begun 1972, photo Jim Jardine

Video - "Colour"

This video collage by VJ Krista Lomax features Al Neil's assemblage work using his music as a backdrop. During the Al Neil Project (2005), Lomax worked with Carole Itter to produce video collages from Neil’s music and work that were used in the events surrounding the project. We have included some of this video on the site. (5 min. 9 sec.)

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