- October 28, 2016 to December 10, 2016
CALL To support the work of Indigenous North American women and artists through local art commissions that incite dialogue and catalyze action between individuals, communities, territories, and institutions. To stand together across sovereign territories as accomplices in awakened solidarity with all our relations both human and non. RESPONSE To ground art in responsible action, value lived experience, and demonstrate ongoing commitment to accountability and community building. To respond to re/concilliation as a present day negotiation and reconstruction of communities in the aftermath of colonial trauma. callresponseart.ca
By Cheryl L'hirondelle, Christi Belcourt, Esther Neff, Isaac Murdoch, IV Castellanos, Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory, Marcia Crosby, Maria Hupfield, Tania Willard, Tanya Tagaq, Ursula Johnson
- Curated by Maria Hupfield, Tania Willard, Tarah Hogue
medium | 84 ProgramsMedium Installation
An art assemblage, arrangement, or environment specifically created for a particular interior (a gallery space, etc.). Often temporary.
- April 3, 2009 to May 8, 2009
Title: ...as if a forest. "The work is "packaged" in a 10 step set of nonsensical directions generated by a fictional company. The directions explain how to create a sound experience of a forest. I begin the work with a performance in front of an audience on the first day of the show." Dmitry Strakovsky
By Dmitry Strakovsky
- November 1, 2019 to December 14, 2019
“How do you remember the past the most?”
Equal parts family recollection, historical research and spectral diary, Coco Means Ghost forms the moving image focal point of Gabi Dao’s new installation. Rooted in Dao’s research along the Mekong Delta and her own family’s history between cultures, a sentimental dissidence employs sculpture, video and sound to put imagined contemporary and historical diasporic voices in conversation. At the centre of the exhibition is a haunting: the eponymous narrator (a ghost in the form of a coconut) resists a singular place and time, moving freely, if not lightly, through personal photographs, contemporary commentary and archival material. Other characters appear– Lan, Ong Nam, Mr.Le, Quang, An, Nguyen and Dung–and together they tell the fragmented story of Ong Dao Dua ( ‘Mr.Coconut’), a monk who founded a small, self-sustaining, anti-war community in the late 1960s-70’s on Con Phung, an island colloquially known to westerners as the “Coconut Kingdom.” Through the lens of Ong Dao Dua’s oft-mythologized character, the work becomes an avenue to explore and enmesh broader notions of memory, nationhood, belief, belonging and dreams for the future.
Dao combines the single-channel video with sonically activated sculptures that transmit her family’s narrative in another form: excerpts from “Foreign Accent Improvement” cassettes used by the artist’s parents in the 1980s. a sentimental dissidence points to texture and poetics rather than conclusive fact, and creates a landscape that at once immerses, entangles and pushes back.
1. coco means ghost: Screen & Video, 25m24s, followed by a short pause. HD video, 2.1 sound, LED lights, cans of coconut water, photograph, bench & pillows.
2. you and i, i and you: Sculptures & Audio, 6m30s, followed by a short pause. Beaded curtains, UV reducing window vinyl, transducers, tempered glass, aluminum.
Accessibility: Hearing Access: Un-captioned English audio, some subtitled Vietnamese (written in English). Sight Access: Low light conditions
By Gabi Dao
- Curated by Vanessa Kwan
- March 7, 2003 to March 29, 2003
Converging in the space of a gallery, the proposed exhibition, Anatomica Nervosa, will unify a synthesis of two project series, Project Series: Preserves and What She Saw. Installed concurrently, a body of work will surface, each project[ion] intent on informing an independent yet synchronous discourse of bodily disclosure, a narrative set in reference to a visual and textual process coherent within interdisciplinary practices. Realized on site, the work will reflect an atmosphere of archive, multiple sites constructed of multiple mediums performing multiple readings, a visual shifting of textual boundaries between the mediums and the exhibition state. The exhibition will unfold, collecting, compiling, and housing images, the objects of photographic image and the specimens of anatomical waxes. Over the months, the proposed work will continue to actualize, substantially increasing in collection and size, image and text yet; the premise and [psycho] analysis will remain unaltered. Accompanying the exhibition is further support material, in particular, a text entitled Lapsus Lingae: [Slip of the Tongue], a narrative of fact/fiction/friction that informed and initiated the beginnings of this project, and photographic images wherein the sites were of chance and circumstance, the collection only a construct in assemblage.
By Sue Camm
- December 6, 1988 to December 17, 1988
Garry Ross' objects are easy to dismiss. They are old and for the most part obsolete. By changing the context in which the object is seen, the former use is nulified and it takes on a transformed meaning. Ross subtly alters these elements by transorming the mechanical into a pastoral where they become like a river or a mountain and the contemplation of which brings forth a multiplicity of meanings which speak to the metaphysical.
By Garry Ross
- April 4, 2003 to April 26, 2003
Marlene Madison's new works Audition Tapes and Open Call explore notions of "Celebrity". Audition Tapes, a single screen video installation, consists of three "cold" readings of a prepared text in a format that closely resembles a screen test. Open Call is the reading by 15 actors and non-actors of texts they receive when they arrive at the event.
By Marlene Madison
- Curated by Glenn Alteen
- May 10, 2013 to June 8, 2013
A retrospective and collaborative project based on Background/Vancouver, a photo-mapping expedition of Vancouver by Michael de Courcy with Taki Bluesinger, Gerry Gilbert, and Glenn Lewis on October, 30 1972. The project consists of the four artists walking three separate paths documenting their experiences in photographs. On October 30, 2012, Vancouver artists, Emilio Rojas, Guadelupe Martinez, and Igor Santizo, revisited this conceptual project. 40 years to the day, these three artists came together to forge a new, fourth path that intersects with the original paths which revisits ideas about Vancouver's identity and history. The retrospective project is entitled, ThisPlace/Vancouver
By Emilio Rojas, Gerry Gilbert, Glenn Lewis, Guadelupe Martinez, Igor Santizo, Michael de Courcy, Taki Bluesinger
- March 18, 1986 to March 29, 1986
"Imagine seven giant flightless birds, like emus made out of straw and chicken wire, with foot-long shocks of straw shooting out ffrom their heads like punk haircuts.... run a sinuous, graceful river of eggshells diagonally across a popcorn beach......a three-minute looped tape of drums and screetching violins that Catherine characterizes as "the sound of thos birds talking and singing."
By Catherine Costello, Violet Costello