Dave Dyment
A Drink To Us (When We're Both Dead), 2008
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
22.10.14 – 04.01.15

A Drink to Us (When We’re Both Dead) is an artwork that begins with the burial of a barrel of whisky and its pre-sale to a limited number of consumers, who can only claim their purchases in 2108.

Working with the staff at the Glenfiddich Distillery where he was an artist-in-residence, Dyment created a reinforced barrel, filled it with uncut spirit and buried it in the distillery’s Warehouse 8, among large stones from the River Fiddich. This was accompanied by a strict stipulation: the barrel must not be excavated before 2108 – 100 years after its interment.

Produced in an edition of 25, the work includes an extruded sapele wood casket, a map of the warehouse where the whisky is buried, a colour postcard, a small journal documenting the process and a signed contract to be passed by the original owners on to their descendants. A Drink To Us (When We’re Both Dead) brings into question our notions of trust, history, patience, investment and mortality.

– ML

A Drink To Us (When We're Both Dead), 2008, empty sapele wood container, linen box, contract, map and other ephemera, dimensions variable (courtesy of the artist)

Dave Dyment is a Toronto-based artist whose practice includes audio, video, photography, performance, writing and curating, and the production of artists’ books and multiples. His work mines pop culture for shared associations and alternative meanings, investigating the language and grammar of music, cinema, television and literature, in order to arrive at a kind a folk taxonomy of a shared popular vocabulary. Past projects include homemade LSD and a video work condensing every known disaster film down to the moments of destruction and arranging them geographically across twenty monitors.

Dyment’s work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally, in New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, London, Dublin and Varna, Bulgaria. His work is found in many private and corporate collections, and in the libraries of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Toronto, and National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. It can also be heard on the YYZ anthology Aural Cultures edited by Jim Drobnick (2004) and New Life After Fire (For Tom Thomson), a collaboration with Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, published by Art Metropole (2003). He is represented by MKG127, Toronto.