The Moon Is Often Referred To As A Dead, Barren World, But I Think This Is Not Necessarily The Case
Saturday, March 25, 6-9pm
B.C. Binning Gallery
The Contemporary Art Gallery presents a unique one-night installation by Toronto-based artist Diane Borsato. Evolving from a research visit to Vancouver in summer 2016 as part of our Burrard Marina Field House Studio Residency Program, Borsato will work with members of the Japanese flower arranging (Ikebana) community in Vancouver to develop The Moon Is Often Referred To As a Dead, Barren World, But I Think This Is Not Necessarily The Case.
Typical of her practice, Borsato often works with amateur organizations – mycologists, astronomers, beekeepers – in projects that examine social and sensorial modes of knowing. She has been practicing and researching Sogetsu Ikebana for several years.
Taking its title from a statement made by the modern sculptor and Sogetsu founder Teshigahara Sofu in Kadensho: Book of Flowers the work echoes ideas found in the publication in which he imagines making arrangements in another, very different world. For the project, Borsato invites several Ikebana masters from the modern Sogetsu school to participate in a collaborative workshop and installation. The practitioners will work with seasonal materials, and objects, supplies and the space of the gallery building itself to provide a conceptual framework for materializing a dialogue between the worlds of Ikebana – often a highly technical, rule-based traditional cultural practice and contemporary art – with its own unmistakable tropes and cultural specificities.
The project is generously supported by The Vancouver Foundation.
Diane Borsato has established an international reputation for her social and interventionist practices, performance, video, photography, and sculpture. She was twice nominated for the Sobey Art Award and was winner of the Victor Martyn-Lynch Staunton Award for her work in the Inter-Arts category from the Canada Council for the Arts. She has exhibited and performed at major Canadian institutions including the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Power Plant, the Art Gallery of York University, MOCCA (Toronto), the Vancouver Art Gallery, the National Art Centre (Ottawa), and in galleries and museums in the US, France, Mexico, Taiwan and Japan.MORE
Free Family Days at the CAG
On the last Saturday of each month, the CAG invites all ages to drop-in for short exhibition tours and free art-making activities that respond to our current exhibitions.
Saturday, February 25
Responding to Erdem Taşdelen’s The Quantified Self Poems, you will receive an envelope of secret words to create a poetry collage and self-portrait.
We acknowledge the generous support of the Peter Szeto Investment Group for our Family Day program.
For more details regarding these and all public programs at the Contemporary Art Gallery visit the events page at
Presented in collaboration with ArtStarts on Saturdays. For more details visit: www.artstarts.com/weekendMORE
Sunday, April 9, 3pm
Join local artist Guadalupe Martinez for a tour of the current exhibitions in Spanish.
Guided visits are open to the public, providing free opportunities to engage with exhibitions and develop new skills for interpreting contemporary art. We also encourage visits from primary and secondary schools, ESL groups, university and college students and community groups. For more information or to book a guided visit for your group, contact email@example.com or telephone 604 681 2700.
Last Sunday of every month with Jocelyn Statia
Sunday, February 26, 3pm
Join CAG Visitor Coordinator, Jocelyn Statia for a tour of the current exhibitions.
January 13 to March 19, 2017
The Contemporary Art Gallery presents the first solo exhibition in Canada by British artist Haroon Mirza.
Mirza has received international acclaim for work that tests the interplay and friction between sound and light waves and electric current. Kinetic sculptures, performances and immersive installations purposefully cross wired. An advocate of interference (in the sense of electro-acoustic or radio disruption), he creates situations in which he describes his role as a composer, manipulating electricity, a live, invisible and volatile phenomenon calling on instruments as varied as household electronics, vinyl and turntables, LEDs, furniture, video footage and existing artworks by other artists to behave differently.MORE
Sunday, March 12, 3pm
Join artist Kay Slater for a guided tour in French.
The Contemporary Art Gallery presents the first solo exhibition in Canada by British artist Haroon Mirza. Mirza has received
international acclaim for work that tests the interplay and friction between sound and light waves and electric current. Kinetic sculptures, performances and immersive installations purposefully cross wired. An advocate of interference (in the sense of electro-acoustic or radio disruption), he creates situations in which he describes his role as a composer, manipulating electricity, alive, invisible and volatile phenomenon calling on instruments as varied as household electronics, vinyl and turntables, LEDs, furniture, video footage and existing artworks by other artists to behave differently.
Inside Out: Studio, Gallery, Street
Open call: Visual Art Summer Youth Intensive
Arts Umbrella, Contemporary Art Gallery and SFU collaboration
August 8 to 26, 2016
Inside Out: Studio, Gallery, Street is a three week visual arts intensive speci cally designed for youth between the age of 14 and 19 interested in developing their visual art practice.
It will provide a stimulating and challenging experience for young artists committed to experimentation and pushing the boundaries of their own art making in a supportive studio environment.
Youth will have the opportunity to work with leading artists, curators and educators in Vancouver as they explore and produce a range of contemporary art practices such as the context-speci c installation, large-scale collaborative sculptures and exhibition making. Participants will engage in critiques and discussions about developing ideas, working with materials and viewing works of art.
The program will culminate in a one-day exhibition at CAG.
Application Deadline: Monday, June 6, 2016 for accepting applications. Space is limited, please apply soon. The fee for the intensive is $480.00.
Application forms are available at http://www.artsumbrella.com/vasi
For more information about the program, please contact: Holly Schmidt, Assistant Curator at h.schmidt@ contemporaryartgallery.caMORE
Nathan Crompton hosted by Raymond Boisjoly
Burrard Marina Field House
Saturday September 28, 4 pm
This year marks 100 years since the dispossession of the Kitsilano Reserve, a year the city of Vancouver has also declared the Year of Reconciliation.
Local writers Nathan Crompton and Maria Wallstam wrote an article in The Mainlander called City of perpetual displacement: 100 years since the destruction of the Kitsilano Reserve in July of this year. It explores the relationship between the rampant gentrification of the DTES & Grandview-Woodlands, and the colonial settlers’ unjust treatment of indigenous populations in the early 20th century. The article piqued the interest of our current Burrard Marina Field House artist in residence, Raymond Boisjoly, who identified that the Kitsilano Reserve discussed in the article is located in the exact same spot as the Burrard Marina Field House (1655 Whyte Avenue) where he’s been working for nearly six months. Throughout his residency at the Field House Boisjoly has been interested in the history of the land the Marina sits on. Crompton’s research and response to the dispossession of the Kits reserve aligns it with the current rash of forced evictions of low income residents in the DTES. A link can be drawn between Boisjoly and Crompton through their evocation of histories as a way to engage urgent current dialogues in the community.
For more detailed maps and history of the Kitsilano Indian Reserve lands go to UBC’s Indigenous foundations online mapping tool http://indigenousfoundations.arts.ubc.ca/home/land-rights/mapping-tool-kitsilano-reserve.html.
Raymond Boisjoly is currently the artist-in-residence at the CAG Field House at Burrard Marina. The Field House Studio Residency Program is generously supported by the Vancouver Park Board and the City of Vancouver. The inaugural residency with Raymond Boisjoly is supported by the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology.MORE