- May 14, 2010 to June 26, 2010
Merritt Johnson's new work at grunt gallery investigates perceptions of division and confluence where land and sky meet. Johnson's work both constructs and dissolves the landscape, concrete and imagined, measuring the absurdity of boundaries, borders and territories. Referencing mapping, her work also surveys sky by layering, revealing and inverting ideas of earth and sky, Johnson reveals information encoded not in GPS systems but in indigenous knowledge.
By Merritt Johnson
- Curated by Tania Willard
medium | 85 ProgramsMedium Mixed Media
A term describing works composed of different media.
- 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
- January 9, 2010 to February 6, 2010
"My fervent desire with this exhibit Bad Boys: Portraits of Mediated Performance is to call up the imaginary, the symbolic, the structure and the soul that is the monolithic experience of masculinity." "I have attempted to lay out this experience in three aesthetic approaches - the salon, a collaged wall of chaos, an intermingling map of sorts of images, text and costumes. The second is the personal: inviting friends to reflect on their relationships with fathers, brothers, grandfathers, uncles, sons and husbands. The final addresses the way in which singular famous individuals are canonized from an explosion of tabloid material to the contextual cage that we participate in building for them."
By Sean George
- Curated by Glenn Alteen
- April 21, 2009 to June 6, 2009
"Native graffiti art, Indigenized iPods@, Inuit break dancing, Indigenous language hip hop and video, Indian bling and urban wear: the roots of hip hop culture and music have been transformed by Indigenous vultures and identities into new forms of visual culture and music that echo the realities of Aboriginal people. Beat Nation is about music, it's about art, and it's about the spirit of us as Indigenous peoples and cultures." - Tania Willard
By Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Corey Bulpitt, Enpaauk Andrew Dexel, Kevin Burton, Madeskimo, Morgan, Nicholas Galanin, Shadae, Sonny Assu
- Curated by Skeena Reece, Tania Willard
- February 6, 2004 to March 5, 2004
The three artists work with the wearable costume as a means to represent the indigenous body, while dealing with the stereotypes and realities of aboriginal communities. They reconnect with history through the language of ceremonial clothing, the use of traditional family crests and the incorporation of organic materials.
By Daina Warren, Peter Morin, Sonny Assu
- Curated by Daina Warren
- May 9, 2003 to May 31, 2003
German painter Jochen Twelker will travel from Berlin to work on what he calls "an anthology of pattern and ornament". Short Cuts will be painted directly on the walls of the gallery, transforming it into an ephemeral canvas whose images must be painted over when the exhibition ends. At first glance his painted installations appear as pure abstraction, but closer examination reveals multi-coloured fabrics and clothes - fashions of countless times, cultures, and tastes. Languages of painting, image, and associative meaning are spoken in a riot of colour and shape, a feast for the senses.
By Jochen Twelker