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Mr. Peanut Summit
October 6th, 2016

Fillip is pleased to present a panel discussion at the Or Gallery on Thursday, October 6, at 7 pm, on the history and legacy of the artist networks and performative practices that developed in Vancouver in the 1970s.

Moderated by Los Angeles–based curator and art historian Zanna Gilbert, the panel will focus on the work of and collaborations between Anna Banana, Michael Morris, and Vincent Trasov. In 1972, Trasov assumed the identity of Mr. Peanut donning a hand made paper mâché replica of the mascot of the Planters Peanut Company. The legume quickly became Trasov’s cipher, an ambiguous persona that served as an almost grotesque response to the conceptual turn that called for the dematerialization of the art object. The artist soon produced The Mr. Peanut Mayoralty Campaign of 1974, a twenty-day performance developed in collaboration with members of the Vancouver arts community including Michael Morris, who developed Mr. Peanut’s P.E.A.N.U.T. platform (Performance, Elegance, Art, Nonsense, Uniqueness, and Talent), and John Mitchell, who served as campaign manager and spokesman.

Trasov’s Mr. Peanut will serve as a starting point for a discussion that addresses the diverse and interconnected practices of the panelists, touching on Trasov and Morris’s work with Image Bank, the artist correspondence network for the exchange of ideas and information by post, and Anna Banana’s own anthropomorphic performance and her work with VILE magazine.

The Mr. Peanut Summit is organized in conjunction with Mr. Peanut Drawings, a forthcoming artist’s book published by New Documents. The event is produced by Fillip in collaboration with the Or Gallery and New Documents.

Panel Participants

Anna Banana is a Robert’s Creek–based conceptual, performance, and mail artist. In 1971, she founded the Banana Rag, a newsletter that connected her with the International Mail Art Network (IMAN). In 1973, she founded VILE magazine in San Francisco, a publication that was a parody of both LIFE magazine and General Idea’s FILE Megazine and that documented the work of international mail artists. A retrospective of her work, Anna Banana: 45 Years of Fooling Around with A. Banana, was recently organized at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Zanna Gilbert is a Research Specialist at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on artists’ networks, mail art, Fluxus, and conceptual art, as well as modern and contemporary art in Latin America. From 2012 to 2015, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Drawings & Prints at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She completed her PhD with Tate Research and the School of Philosophy and Art History at the University of Essex.

Michael Morris is Vancouver-based painter, photographer, video and performance artist, and curator. His work is often media based and collaborative, and his practice is involved with developing networks and the production and presentation of new art activity. He is a co-founder of the Western Front Society. With Vincent Trasov he founded Image Bank in 1969, a method for personal exchange between artists, and the Morris/Trasov Archive in 1990, currently housed at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver.

Vincent Trasov is a Vancouver- and Berlin-based painter, video, and performance artist. He is a co-founder of the Western Front Society. With Vincent Trasov he founded Image Bank in 1969, a method for personal exchange between artists, and the Morris/Trasov Archive in 1990, currently housed at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver. In the early 1970s, Trasov assumed the role of Mr. Peanut, eventually running for Mayor of Vancouver in 1974 with the assistance of fellow artists Michael Morris and John Mitchell.

Event History
2019
  1. E.S.P.: Ecologies
  2. Reading Group: Rebecca La Marre in Conversation with Tiziana La Melia
  3. Reading Group: The Culture Game with Patrick Cruz
  4. David Reinfurt: A *New* Program for Graphic Design
  5. E.S.P.: Visible Language Workshop
  6. Means of Production: Value Systems with Sarah Williams
  7. Stagelessness with Groupa o.k.
  8. E.S.P.: Visual Fields
2018
  1. Means of Production: On the Difficult with Jaclyn Bruneau
  2. Means of Production: Living as an Artist with Eli Bornowsky
  3. Means of Production: W.A.G.E. with Andrea Fraser
  4. Kandis WIlliams: Reproduction is Not a Metaphor
  5. Means of Production: Photography as Tool with Winfried Heininger
  6. Listening Group: VWAM
  7. Means of Production: Research with Mercedes Eng
  8. Means of Production: Criticism with Steffanie Ling
  9. Reading Group: A History of Resistance with Grace Ndiritu
  10. Means of Production: Printing with Brick Press
  11. Chris Kraus on Kathy Acker
2017
  1. Reading Group: Nathan Crompton on Utopias
  2. Reading Group: Antonia Pinter
  3. Listening Group: The Red Krayola
  4. Supplement Launch: Berlin
  5. V-Girls: The Question of Manet's Olympia
  6. Hotel Theory Reader: Vancouver Launch
2016
  1. Reading Group: Zanna Gilbert
  2. Mr. Peanut Summit
  3. Reading Group: Grant Arnold
  4. Reading Group: Martine Syms
2015
  1. John C. Welchman: Joseph Kosuth's The Second Investigation in Vancouver
  2. SWARM XVI: Fillip, Punk 'til You Punk
  3. Eternal Network
2014
  1. Fillip Office Open House!
  2. Fillip 19 Launch and Screening
2013
  1. Slide Shows at X Marks the Bökship
  2. Institutions by Arists Launch at Et al.
  3. Intangible Economies at Artists Space
2012
  1. Institutions by Artists
  2. Intangible Economies at Art Berlin Contemporary
  3. Sumi Ink Club
  4. Grouper: Sleep
  5. Robert Ashley Speaking Thru Will Holder
  6. Fillip 16: Berlin Launch
  7. Fillip 16: Toronto Launch
  8. Pa/per View Art Book Fair
  9. It's a Book, It's a Stage, It's a Public Place
  10. Destroy All Monsters Screening
  11. Fillip at ARCO Experts Forum
2011
  1. Intangible Economies
  2. Quiz Night
  3. David Horvitz: Room 129
  4. Recent Publications
  5. Of Times Recent and Distant
  6. Secondary Information: The Persistence and Absence of Criticism
2010
  1. The AAAARG Library
  2. Everything is Dangerous
  3. Fillip 12 Now Available
  4. Unter dem Motto
  5. International Chilliwack Biennial
  6. Motto Storefront: Ooga Booga
  7. Motto Storefront: Working Format
  8. Motto Storefront: Metahaven
  9. Motto Storefront: Oscar Tuazon
  10. Motto Storefront: Andjeas Ejiksson
  11. Motto Storefront: Avalanche Launch and Screening
  12. Motto Storefront: Rob Giampietro
  13. Motto Storefront: Stuart Bailey
  14. Motto Storefront
  15. John C. Welchman on Paul McCarthy’s Pirate Project
  16. David Horvitz Artist Talk
  17. Mark Manders: Window with Fake Newspapers and Traducing Ruddle
  18. Getting Something Into One's Head
2009
  1. Autogestion Book Launch
  2. Fillip Library and Reading Room Launch
  3. Fillip Summer Sale
  4. Corinn Gerber of Passenger Books
  5. Stockholm and Berlin Launches
  6. David Horvitz of ASDF
  7. Montréal Launch and Collaboration
  8. Issue Nine Vancouver Launch
  9. Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism
  10. Fillip Review Panel: February 2009
2008
  1. Vancouver Launch of Two Artist Multiples
  2. The Apartment Inhabits the Fillip Studio
  3. Nick Thurston of Information as Material
  4. Rotterdam Dialogues: The Critics
  5. Fillip Review Panel: October 2008
  6. Stuart Bailey of Dexter Sinister
  7. Next: Documentary Perspectives in Contemporary Art
  8. Paul Chan Screening
  9. Issue Seven Vancouver Launch & Talk
  10. 22nd KIOSK Exhibition in Rennes
2007
  1. Fillip at castillo/corrales, Paris
  2. Fillip at the New York Art Book Fair
  3. LA Launch and Talk
  4. A History of Tokyo Art Speak
  5. Issue Five Vancouver Launch
2006
  1. New York Art Book Fair
  2. Word on the Street