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Haroon Mirza
Entheogens
January 13 to March 19, 2017
B.C. Binning and Alvin Balkind Galleries
Opening reception: Thursday, January 12, 7-9pm

The Contemporary Art Gallery presents the first solo exhibition in Canada by British artist Haroon Mirza. Mirza is internationally acclaimed for his work that tests the interplay and friction between sound and light waves and electric current. 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. By manipulating electricity, a live, invisible and volatile phenomenon, and calling on instruments as varied as household electronics, LEDs, furniture, and video footage to behave differently, relationships between elements become reliant and responsive to each other in what Mirza calls “self-governing” systems.

Entheogens comprises a series of new and recent pieces linked via a compendium of botanicals, plants such as Lophophora williamsii (peyote), Psilocybe (‘magic’ mushrooms) and Echinopsis pachanoi (San Pedro cactus). Known worldwide as supplements to various transcendence practices through their psychotropic qualities, these are often used for spiritual and self-awareness purposes including meditation and psychedelic psychotherapy.

Erdem Taşdelen
Wild Child
Events room
The Quantified Self Poems
Window spaces
January 13 to March 19, 2017
Opening reception: Thursday, January 12, 7-9pm

Commissioned by the Contemporary Art Gallery with Cineworks, Wild Child is an ambitious two-part video installation which takes as its starting point, An Historical Account of the Discovery and Education of a Savage Man by Jean Marc Gaspard Itard, a physician who decided to care for a feral boy found in Aveyron, France in 1798. Convinced that he could “civilize” the boy by teaching him language, Itard was left frustrated in his attempts to make the boy transcend his so-called savagery when he proved incapable of learning to speak.

In Wild Child Taşdelen adapts the story, this time set in contemporary British Columbia and presented through two distinct elements. One video depicts preparations for an imaginary filmed documentary, featuring twelve actors as they audition for the roles of its main characters. This is accompanied by a second piece, a sequence of images of a forest, depicting “nature” in a supposedly unmediated manner. Devoid of any human activity, it provides the viewer with a space of contemplation in contrast to the interactions portrayed between performers, crew and writer/director.

Presented in our windows is The Quantified Self Poems, a new series of twelve screen prints. Over a period of three months in the summer of 2016, Taşdelen reported his moods approximately three times a day on “Emotion Sense”, a self-improvement smartphone app developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge, UK. As he answered a series of questions the artist’s feelings were numerically encoded as data effectively quantifying the unquantifiable. Working with programmer Ali Bilgin Arslan, Taşdelen developed an algorithm that translated this information into words drawn from a unique dictionary created by Vancouver-based poet Daniel Zomparelli. Unusual sentences emerge from which we attempt to make some kind of sense.

Combined each work exposes the dynamics at play through differing representations of human nature. Notionally objective reality conflates with fiction in a self-referential manner that deliberately befuddles the viewer; the familiar made compelling strange.

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Exhibition opening | Haroon Mirza and Erdem Tasdelen


Mike Boursheid
Saturday, December 10, 3pm
Join us for a guided visit of the exhibitions on display in French led by artist Mike Boursheid.

UNTANGLED FIGURES
Guillaume Leblon
until January 1, 2017

Featuring a selection of new and recent works produced using processes as diverse as the latest 3D printing techniques to large-scale hand blown glass, the exhibition will create a characteristically poetic universe, a world of its own, extending Leblon’s ongoing propositions with a more abstracted figurative presence.

A major intervention altering the floors and walls will modify our perception of the space at CAG and so by means of such a gesture of immediate and deft simplicity, we engage in a shared make-believe and the experience of a space redefined. We are transported into a different realm where questions arise concerning established associations – historically, culturally and socially constructed – between the exceptional and the normal, the manufactured and the existent, the personal and impersonal, the ephemeral and the permanent, the old and the new, the dead and the alive. The gallery becomes a site somewhere between what is almost known and barely known.

Choreographing the rooms into a fictional landscape, a group of works combine to populate the space suggesting a larger spatial narrative. A blank face without features, detached arms without hands, a clothed torso; each of these new evocative sculptures comprises a sort of shell or envelope for an absent body, a hollow core that speaks to questions of memory, dreams, fragmentation and possibility.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of Institut Français and the Consulate général de France in Vancouver.

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Mike Boursheid | Tour in French


Saturday, December 17, 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 learning@contemporaryartgallery.ca or telephone 604 681 2700.

 

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Guadalupe Martinez | Tour in Spanish


Last Sunday of every month with Jocelyn Statia
October 30, November 27 and December 18, 3pm
Join CAG Visitor Coordinator, Jocelyn Statia for a tour of the current exhibitions.

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Jocelyn Statia | Sunday afternoon tour of the exhibitions


Tommy Ting

Join artist Tommy Ting for a tour of the current exhibition in Mandarin.

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 learning@contemporaryartgallery.ca or telephone 604 681 2700.

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Tommy Ting | Tour in Mandarin


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, January 28, 12-3pm
‘Short Circuits’
Inspired by Haroon Mirza’s media installation create a pop-up drawing with a small circuit and LED lights. Try our glow in the dark drawing experience in the gallery.

Saturday, February 25, 12-3pm
‘Poetry Cut-Up’
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.

Presented in collaboration with ArtStarts on Saturdays. For more details visit: www.artstarts.com/weekend

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Family Art Day | Short Circuits


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