- February 11, 2010 to March 20, 2010
Altered is a new grunt gallery project by Vancouver based artists Jan Wade and Nhan Nguyen focusing on altar pieces or shrines, which both artists have explored extensively within their work over the past two decades. This project, comprised of shrines installed at the grunt gallery and corresponding video screenings at the Mountain View Cemetery's new Celebration Hall, looks at cultural histories around memorial and how we remember.
By Jan Wade, Nhan Duc Nguyen
Category | 10 ProgramsScreening
- December 8, 1986
"The Chilean government is a military regime that seized power in the coup of 1973, murdering Salvador Allende the democratically elected president, along with a conservatively estimated 15,000 civilians." The film chronicles the emergence of mass opposition to the military dictatorships in 1983.
By Clandestinley made by Chileans
- January 17, 2002 to February 8, 2002
Different/Diverse brings together European video artists from the UK, Finland, Estonia and Italy in a program that explores notions of normalcy and the abnormal. Different/Diverse is a production of Nuova Icona & Vortice and in Vancouver it will be co-hosted by grunt and Western Front. The screening and exhibitions give a strong look at current European video practice. The show consisted of a screening, on January 17, and a simultaneous opening hosted by grunt and Western Front, and a January 18 performance by Paolo Ravalico Scerri.
By Douglas Gordon, Giovanni Rizzoli, Graham Fagen, Gun Holmstrom, Kai Kaljo, Paolo Ravalco Scerri, Roi Vaara, Terry Smith
- Curated by Terry Smith, Vitto Urbani
- September 12, 2013 to September 15, 2013
Media and installation artist Josephin Böttger presents a new work entitled Dynamo Lines, which looks at the fragmentation of cityscapes caused by social constructs, urban development, traffic, lights and movement. Three looped video projections depict time-lapsed motion and light from various vantage points of city grids and traffic. Working with musician Sergej Tolksdorf, Böttger’s video installation includes footage of actors emerging as a work team, observing busy highway arteries. But their movements are edited so they appear sporadic, contrapunctual to the rythm and flow of light from the streets. Josephin Böttger presented Trapez at New Forms Festival. The video documents the construction work that occurs at a building site; time and reality is distorted by time lapses and drawn elements that blend into the footage. The video examines construction and demolition, both key components of urban development.
By Josephin Böttger, Sergej Tolksdorf
- July 15, 2014 to August 9, 2014
Initiated by filmmaker Rodrigue Jean, Épopée is a collection of short films written and made in collaboration with male drug addicts and sex trade workers in Montreal. The installation L’État des lieux (The State of the Moment) and film screening of L’État du monde (The State of the World) was co-presented by grunt gallery, Queer Arts Festival and Dazibao.
By Épopée – Groupe d’action en cinéma, Rodrigue Jean
- Curated by Tarah Hogue
- April 6, 2012 to May 12, 2012
This exhibition is comprised of multiple series of black and white photographs and a video that address the personal and sociopolitical context of working as an artist in contemporary Iranian-middle eastern culture. The sequencing of the photos fosters a subtle narrative effect in each series. The subjects addressed in the photos include embodied cultural and social confusion; alienation in a “wired” world; and loss of beauty in a socially restricted life. In these series, which are strongly affected by the political situation of Iran, after the wane of the recent social movement, Ahadi strives to represent the sociopolitical truth of his country through a number of personal spaces dominated by a profound sense of confusion and uncertainty; the truth, which is shining in the absence of those commotions.
By Ali Ahadi
- January 5, 2007 to February 10, 2007
The performance iwll be about 30 to 40 minutes, part of the opening night and includes the video screening of The Fish Film, centered between the silver cloth panels. An important part are two slide projectors mounted at a 45 degree angle to the 'screen', containing specific slides (stills0 from the moving image. The video is projected not onto a screen, per se, but into wide sheets of quality drawing paper. My own actions consist of entering into the freeze-framed image of the film at which point the two projectors replicate the same image.
By Carole Itter
- May 20, 2011 to May 21, 2011
In May 2011, ATSA and grunt gallery hosted an ALL-INCLUSIVE event entitled, “The Pigeon’s Club.” This event took place at Pigeon Park, on the corner of Hastings and Carrall in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, BC. The event boasted a getaway complete with exterior swimming pool and deck chairs and additional tourist iconography in the heart of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, an area where social exclusion and human suffering are among the most intensely experienced in Canada, but where there is also the greatest concentration of mutual aid and frontline services. The Pigeon’s Club was a satirical critique of the glossy, squeaky-clean view of the world champi- oned by travel agency brochures, which extol happiness as an all-inclusive package deal. ATSA provided its own outrageous take on the whole aesthetic of the ALL-INCLUSIVE to better pull people’s strings and stir up debate. gruntKitchen produced a video by ATSA titled “in this mean time” and a video documentary of the project by Elisha Burrows.
- Curated by Glenn Alteen
- January 6, 2012 to February 11, 2012
Grunt gallery is pleased to present Christoph Runné’s 16mm film installation entitled “Baum”. “Baum” uses multiple 16mm film projections to create a sparse and virtual forest that is traversed by a solitary figure that appears both rooted and moving throughout the frames. The cyclical and repetitive movement of the abstract wanderer suggests a passage of time, and a path through the subconscious as the drifter searches for his or her place. An attempt to give form to intangible abstractions, such as “longing” or “isolation,” is evident in the discontinuous flickering of the trees caused by the single-frame footage shot of a motion picture camera—a staccato movement suggestive of Morse-code communication or the arrhythmic pressing of typewriter keys. Through this work, Runné explores the visual symbolism of the tree. While the human condition often seems caught in cycles of hopelessness, homelessness, poverty, and “uprooted-ness”, caused by socio-economic strife, wars, and refugeeism, despite great wealth, education, and promise which should be able to allay suffering— Trees, in contrast, stand vigil; firmly rooted— steadfast reminders of survival, regeneration, and hope within natures’ grander cycles. Man’s reflection on his place in nature is timeless, and the poetic metaphors which trees inspire are as relevant in a contemporary context as they were in antiquity.
By Christoph Runné