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Tuesday to Sunday 12 - 6pm
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PLEASE NOTE: This event is at The Burrard Marina Field House, 1655 Whyte Avenue, Vancouver

Join us at the Burrard Marina Field House for a morning of interpreting coffee grounds with invited artist Dilara Akay.

This fall the CAG launched a six-month independent study residency with local artist Fabiola Carranza. During her residency Carranza is considering the intertwining of art practice, community organization and public programing. She is using the Burrard Marina Field House as a studio space from where to conduct her own research and to collaborate with CAG on a series of public programs. Carranza’s programming will extend the use of the field house to the immediate members within her artistic community. For her first event at the field house Carranza has invited artist Dilara Akay.

Tasseomancy is a divination method that interprets coffee grounds, tea leaves or wine sediments. Anthropologist Webb Keane, refers to practices that transform the materiality of objects into other visual forms as “Practices of Spirit Writing”. These semiotic practices seek to generate control over unfathomable situations but can also be used to establish “power-laden relationships” between people, where one individual or practice can take advantage of another. Keane calls this the process of “semiotic transduction” and poses the question: “What can one hope to gain from interpreting physical signs that arrive from the non-physical world?” Come experience tasseomancy – have your coffee cup read this Saturday!

Print outs of Webb Keane’s essay, On Spirit Writing: materialities of language and the religious work of transduction will be available for those interested in reading about other practices of writing spirit.

Dilara Akay lives and works in Istanbul. She works mainly in sculpture. Her work questions the possibility of adding more dimensions to the three-dimensionality of an object by creating installations, event sculptures, happenings and/or social sculptures. Akay was born in Adana, Turkey in 1963. She is the mother of Vancouver based artist, Derya Akay. For more information about her work, visit her website.

Fabiola Carranza is a Costa Rican/Canadian artist who has participated in group exhibitions at The National Gallery of Costa Rica, The Contemporary Art Gallery, Artspeak, Access Gallery and 221A in Vancouver. Solo exhibitions include Apocalypse of Solentiname, Hardscrabble Gallery, Vancouver (2012); El Hábito de estrofas, Des Pacio Gallery, San José (2011); Pale. Pale. Pale. Pale. Pale. Pale. Pale, The Crying Room, Vancouver (2011); Foxgloves, Lucky Gallery, Vancouver (2010) and Sample Text in Vietnamese, Lobby Gallery, Vancouver (2007). Carranza studied art and art history in Vancouver, BC and in Vestfold, Norway.


Turkish Coffee Readings by Dilara Akay | Hosted by Fabiola Carranza

Come by for free exhibition tours and free drop-in art making events for kids, families, friends… all are welcome and all ages are welcome!

November 28: RBC Painting Competition exhibition – 12-3pm free

Explore the RBC Painting Competition exhibition, then create your own experimental paintings using a variety of techniques and tools to create lines, shapes, colours and textures.

Presented in collaboration with ArtStarts on Saturdays. For more details visit:

We acknowledge the generous support of the Hamber Foundation for our Family Day program.



Free Family Day - 'RBC Painting Competition exhibition' Art Activity Day!

SFU Philosophers Café: Art Salons

In the spirit of social gatherings that provide forums for discussion, SFU Philosophers’ Café will run two art salons in collaboration with the Contemporary Art Gallery. Each café will start with a guided tour of current exhibitions with Curator Shaun Dacey  and special guests.

SFU Philosopher’s Café: Art Salons with Shaun Dacey

Saturday, November 28 – on RBC Painting Competition 2015
The finalists: 

Eastern Canada Central Canada Western Canada
Hangama Amiri Halifax, NS
Paul Hardy Montreal, QC
Cindy Phenix Montreal, QC
Andrew Maize Lunenburg, NS
John Player Montreal, QC
Jessica Bell Ottawa, ON
Patrick Cruz Guelph, ON
Hanna Hur Toronto, ON
Caroline Larsen Toronto, ON
Claire Scherzinger Toronto, ON
Simon de Brée Vancouver, BC
Megan Hepburn Vancouver, BC
Russell Leng Vancouver, BC
Tristan Unrau Vancouver, BC
Robert Taite Winnipeg, MB

Saturday, December 19 – on Kim Beom

free, all welcome



SFU Philosophers Café: Art Salons - on RBC Painting Competition

Kim Beom in conversation with Paul Kajander

Kim and Kajander will discuss the ideas and themes present in the exhibition at the CAG.

Kim Beom, born in 1963 lives and works in South Korea. Solo exhibitions include: Kim Beom: The School of Inversion, Hayward Gallery, London (2012); Kim Beom: Animalia, REDCAT Gallery, Los Angeles (2011); Objects Being Taught They Are Nothing But Tools, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, (2010); Kim Beom, Artsonje Center, Seoul (2010); Beom Kim, Sun Gallery, Seoul (2007); Flower, Trans Hudson Gallery, New York (2000); Utility Objects, Trans Hudson Gallery, New York (1997). Group exhibitions include: 2013 California Pacific Triennial, Orange  County Museum of Art, Newport Beach (2013); Time Mutations, UB Art Galleries, University of Buffalo, Buffalo (2013);Tireless Refrain, Nam June Paik Art Center, Korea (2013); Unknown Forces, MSGSU Tophabe-I Amire Culture and Arts Center, Istanbul (2013); (Im)Possible Landscape, PLATEAU, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul (2013); Media City Seoul, Seoul Museum of Art (2012); City Within the City, Gertrude Contemporary  Art Spaces, Melbourne (2012); Tell me, Tell me: Australian and Korean Art 1976-2011, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2011); A Rock That Was Taught It Was A Bird, Artspace, Auckland (2010); The Malady of Writing. MACBA, Barcelona (2009); Your Bright Future: 12 Contemporary Artists  from Korea, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles (2009); The Demon of Comparisons, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam (2009); The Cover of a Book is the Beginning of a Journey, Arnolfini, Bristol (2008); Always a little further, 51st Venice Biennale, Venice (2005); 8th  International Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul (2003); Under Construction: New Dimensions of Asian Art, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo (2002); Beyond Landscape, Artsonje Center, Seoul (1999). Work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Cleveland Museum of Art; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis in the United States; the Museum für Kommunikation, in Bern, Switzerland; and the Seoul Museum of Art, the Ho-Am Art Museum, Artsonje Center, and the Horim Museum, in Seoul, and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, in Gwachun, Korea.


Kim Beom in conversation with Paul Kajander

Traces That Resemble Us

The Cinematheque
1131, Howe Street, Vancouver

Thursday, December 10, 8.30pm

Traces That Resemble Us is a screening series and art exhibition that explores the intersections between visual art in Vancouver and cinema. Motivated by Jeff Wall’s history as a former film programmer at The Cinematheque, the project invites .. Vancouver-based artists to each program a film that has been influential to his or her practice, and to exhibit artwork for a corresponding group exhibition at Monte Clark Gallery. Participating artists include Vikky Alexander, Roy Arden, Robert Arndt, Karin Bubaš, Dana Claxton, Stan Douglas, Greg Girard, Rodney Graham, Owen Kydd, Myfanwy MacLeod, Ian Wallace and Jeff Wall. CAG Director Nigel Prince will introduce GUMMO.

(1997, Dir. Harmony Korine), selected by artist Owen Kydd.

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Screening | GUMMO - Traces That Resemble Us (Owen Kydd & Nigel Prince)

Jocelyn Statia

Saturday, December 12, 3pm

CAG Visitor Coordinator, Jocelyn Statia leads a tour of the current exhibitions.


Guided Visit | Jocelyn Statia on Kim Beom


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