- November 17, 2000
High (bridi) Tea is a performative collaboration between artist Haruko Okano and writer Fred Wah that explores the visual and textual terrain of racial and cultural hybridity. The performance installation centres on table settings for 16 guests and, based on a material relationship on fungus and mould, plays with issues of contamination. Through a series of anecdotes and textual surprises, Okano and Wah interact with audience assumptions and expectations to create an unstable and questioning emulsion of language and memory. Haruko Okano is a multidisciplinary artist based in Vancouver. Fred Wah is a Calgary based writer and teaches at the University of Calgary.
By Fred Wah, Haruko Okano
date | 15 ProgramsDates 2000
- November 3, 2000 to December 2, 2000
Margaret Glavina's sculptural installation MUSEum focuses on the natural history museum as a site for the display of the natural world. But Glavina's vitrines focus on death of and in the natural world and her constructed still lives read as momento mori. The work explores notions of the natural and the unnatural as related to the museum display of specimens. Margaret Glavina is a Vancouver based artist who has studied at ECIAD and Capilano College.
By Margaret Glavina
- June 27, 2000 to July 22, 2000
Based on the classic conventions of portrait photography, Shari Hatt`s exhibition Dogs is an unflinching, up-close look at the mug shots of many marvelous mutts. Captured in lush, crisp intensity, these avant-guard dogs cut a colourful cross section of the canine world. From the smiling to the somber, the perky to the petulant, the playful to the proud, Hatt portrays each of her subjects with a careful blend of humour, sensitivity and respect. As a result, Dogs serves to please the eye while puzzling the mind.
By Shari Hatt
- June 1, 2000
This evening of three short works puts together three new voices in performance. Thirza Cuthand has already established herself as an accomplished videomaker, having produced Lessons in Baby Dyke Theory and Colonization: The Second Coming. She first performed in the ALA Collective`s performance art series as part of lst years Live at the End of the Century. Marie Clements has worked in theatre for the last ten years as an actor, writer and performer. Her recent multi-media work, Urban Tattoo has toured extensively. Her new play The Unnatural and Accidental Women will premiere at the Firehall this fall.
By Dolores Dallas, Marie Clements, Thirza Cuthand
- May 25, 2000
A literary and philosophical stroll through the labyrinthine aisles of Walmart, throughout which Faust, now a Walmart CEO, weighs and ponders the value of his soul. His task today is to oversee the new arrival of genetically modified homunuli and to make sure they are not overpriced. True to his character he reviews important company items such as evil, the perverse imagination, online wagers, corporate expansion and the need for greed. His eternal sidekick Mephisto, provides useful information on diabolical investment schemes and shoplifting. While Faust and Mephisto argue about the merits of Nietzche, on the occasion of the centennial of his death, a mischievous homunculus makes a run for it.
By Bernard Schultze
- May 23, 2000 to June 17, 2000
Claude Perreaults large collage installations deal with pop culture icons as the commodities of current consumer society and their influence on us all, drawing parallels with Catholic iconography that is satirical and insightful. His use of the media of collage is truly astounding, painting with colour photography from pornographic magazines. His subjects, Michael Jackson, Princess Diana, OJ Simpson et al, are revealed against classical representations that are over the top. Ornate to the point of gaudy, the works appropriate classical and ecclesiastic imagery revealing our societys fascination with icons. Perrault is a Montreal bassed artist who has shown extensively in Quebec. This will be his first show in Vancouver.
By Claude Perreault