date | 29 ProgramsDates 1987
- March 30, 1987 to April 18, 1987
Trace elements is an exhibition of 14 artists currently working in assemblage in Vancouver. The past several years have seen a resurgence of collage/assemblage as a medium for artwork in this city. This form is one of the most popular art forms of this century. From early work by Duchamp and Schwitters to the collages of Motherwell, the combine paintings of Rauschenberg, the intricate boxes of Cornell collage/assemblage has been an important tool artists use to reflect the modern world. In Vancouver today a large group of artists involved work solely in this form and an overview of the wide range this work encompasses will be the focus of the exhibition. Hosted by the Pitt International Gallery.
By Daav McNab, Danielle Peacock, David Asmodeus, Dianne Radmore, Hillary Wood, Kempton Dexter, Ken Gerberick, Lenna Greer, Lunar Suede, Polly Bak, Roy Green
- Curated by Glenn Alteen
- March 17, 1987 to March 28, 1987
In Prime Room, an installation by Dan Olson, minimal elements of drawing, painting, sculpture, text and architecture are combined to create a situation that is simultaneously simple and complex, specific and general, private and public, abstract and representation, self-contained and open ended. It is based on, and also a test of, the human ability to create something, or everything, from almost nothing.
By Dan Olson
- March 3, 1987 to March 14, 1987
Any collassemblage artist is essentially a trash collector. Collecting modern-day trash means collecting a lot of plastic and plastic has three great drawbacks as objet d'art: it is not intrinsically beautiful as paper and wood, it has no grain, no organic fibres; nor does it weather in interesting ways as wood or metal, it doesn't acquire patina only a bunch of scratches. Plastics also come in a fairly limited range of garish colours.
By Polly Bak
- February 17, 1987 to February 28, 1987
Paul McDonald's interest lies in furniture and decor, and his show will consist of 7 or 8 groupings of furniture, with exotic and evocative names such as "Mesopotamia", "Empire", and "inquisition". The evocation of other times, other cultures was accidental, but effective and attractive. The artist's emphasis is on the finishing, although the shapes and styles of the pieces are all original and beautiful, some having been happened upon, some designed specially for the show. Using such techniques as "faux marble," gilding and glazing, McDonald seeks to create a sense of age and richness in his woods and fabric.
By Paul McDonald
- February 3, 1987 to February 14, 1987
Sammy Sammy, the legend of Hornby Island has come to grunt, despite his urgings that grunt should come to him. "Bring them all up here," he said, to his Place of the Woods where he creates his masterpieces of folk art. For those who have never heard of him, Sammy Sammy was a poet, philosopher, troubadour, cowboy who made sculptures out of reinforced concrete that were "suitable for decorations in flower beds or lawns." He worked with cement, moss, concrete, and paint (among other things) to create raw, stark pieces of folk art. http://www.firstvisionart.com/daina/sammy.html
By George dePape, Sammy Sammy
- January 20, 1987 to January 31, 1987
"I find toys, particularly broken toys, a fascinating medium for assemblage both for their colour and shape and their connotation: hues so bright they become repellent, images so stylized they exclaim the mundane. Their use represents the invalid activities, or child's play, that has so addled serious society. I've tried to approach this series from several different sides, taking toys out of their original context and using htem almost as if they were bizarre humour, with whiffs of surrealism and a few light bulbs."
By Ken Gerberick