The CAG has partnered with Cineworks, Hua Foundation and Access Gallery to bring you…
‘Strathcona Drawing Party’ is free collaborative community art project at several locations on Saturday June 20 from 11-5:30pm. Come explore unique cultural spaces in the Chinatown/Strathcona. Participants of all age are welcome to create and experiment at three drawing events throughout the day.
Workshops and venues include:
Drawing on Film / Cameraless Moviemaking
11am – 1pm
Cineworks – Annex
235 Alexander Street, Vancouver
Instructor: Nisha Platzer
This drop-in workshop will introduce participants to the magical possibilities of direct animation! Make your own hand drawn animations on 16mm film by drawing, painting and scratching right on the film itself. Experiment with drawing on clear film, scratching on black film or marking film that already has images on it. See your own patterns of shape and colour come to life with the magic of the movie projector!
Nisha Platzer is an artist and filmmaker working in multiple formats including stop-motion, 16mm, 8mm and handmade found footage. Some of her past projects include a series of film-poems made on HD, 8mm, and found footage, narrative shorts, and music videos for artists in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.
Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society (est.1980) is an artist-run production and exhibition centre that supports independent filmmakers and media artists. We engage our membership and the broader community through initiatives and services that foster dialogue and experimentation with the moving image and expansive approaches to cinema. www.cineworks.ca
1:30 pm -3:30 pm
Hua Foundation / Mah Society Benevolent Society
418 East Hastings, Vancouver
Instructor: Howie Tsui
Artist Howie Tsui will lead a tracing workshop creating hybrid monstrous plants. Hua refers to three phrases in Mandarin: ‘change’ 變化 [M: bian hua C: been faa], ‘people of ethnic Chinese descent’ 華人 [M: hua ren C: waa yun], and ‘culture’ 文化 [M: wen hua C: man faa].
Mongrel Vegetables: As a follow-up to the Hua Foundation’s Choi Project, which enhanced our familiarity to Chinese produce, artist Howie Tsui will lead a workshop that asks participants to hybridize elements of these vegetables into a portrait. This workshop will put a more Sino-centric spin on Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s portraits of heads comprised of vegetables and fruits. Perhaps in our current context, these portraits will reflect how our bodies are sustained through a melange of crossbred and modified ingredients; or in a more benign way, these constructions just illustrate a combination of ingredients in a satisfying stir-fry.
Hua Foundation develops solutions and build movements for the Hua community that strengthen our connections with culture, heritage and environmental sustainability. http://
The Chamber, Ian Johnston
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
222 East Georgia Street, Vancouver
Instructor: Alex M.F. Quicho
Join a time-based drawing workshop led by Alex M.F. Quicho and explore artist Ian Johnston’s installation ‘The Chamber’. The Chamber is an enormous inflating and deflating installation that shrouds and reveals an enormous mass of discarded household items diverted from what the artist terms “the waste stream.” Mesmerizing and sobering, The Chamber suggests to viewers, as Johnston states, “the paradoxical relationship between limited resources and seemingly unlimited appetite.”
Alex M.F. Quicho (b. 1990, Boston, USA) is an artist and writer from Manila, Philippines. Her works in graphite approach decolonization, dystopia, paranoia, and female agency, among other things. She is the creative director and founder of Highway, a publication for experimental culture.
An artist-run centre established in 1991 and situated in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown, Access Gallery is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and presenting the work of emergent artists, curators and cultural practitioners, as well as those entering a new experimental phase of their practice. We enable critical conversations and risk taking through new configurations of audience, artists and community.
We gratefully acknowledge support of Vancouver Foundation Neighborhood Small Grants.MORE
Feedback Series Events: Tad Hozumi
Saturday, June 6, 13 and 27, 4pm
Hozumi is a Vancouver-based artist and hip hop therapist, involved in local street dance culture and currently working on a body of photo, installation, social intervention and performance work that explores the history of struggle coded in to the subversive vocabulary of street style dances. Responding to the pop culture references of Julia Dault’s paintings he will curate a collection of records, on June 6 and 13 he will conduct a series of participatory movement workshops building on his selections. On June 27 Hozumi will give a talk on the practice of crate digging AKA record collecting and play a live set.
Tad Hosumi: vinyl + music blog “Back Ground Music” http://bgmdiscotheque.tumblr.
Tad Hozumi’s feedback events reflect his experiences as an artist, deejay and movement based therapist he will respond to Julia Dault’s paintings in her exhibition ‘Blame It On the Rain’ by playfully referencing elements found in her work.
Hozumi has resourced his record collection in search for albums such as ‘Sweet Hone’ in the Rock’s Self-Titled; Brian Auger’s ‘Oblivion Express Live Oblivion’; Donny Hathaway’s ‘Extensions of a Man’ and Gino Soccio ‘Outline’. For Hozumi these records resonate with Dault’s work and inform the two movement based participatory events. The first class will be led by disco dancer and yoga teacher, Gary Quon. The second movement class will be based on expressive movements led by Hozumi. He will also host an artist talk and deejay an event to cap off the feedback series.
Saturday, June 6th, 4pm
Yoga Boogie, a unique hybrid practice developed by Quon combines his passion for dance and yoga. Using songs curated from Hozumi’s collection, Quon will lead a dynamic session that will begin on the mat and get you up and grooving! Be prepared to BOOGIE! Gary Quon is a yoga practitioner who specializes in Kundalini style and a well-recognized disco dancer (waacking). Quon’s practice often incorporates elements of rhythm and dance along with the kriyas resulting in an uplifting and energetic practice.
*This session will be available for the first 15 people – Please register to save your spot at learning@contemporaryartga
*Please bring your own yoga mat.
Sat, June 13th, 4pm
This movement-based session is about becoming mindful of how music and visual stimuli resonate within our bodies, by letting impulses that we discover from the music and Dault’s artworks move us around the gallery space.
*This session will be available for the first 15 people
Artist Talk and DJ Session
June 27th, 4pm
Music Back Ground (talk) and Back Ground Music (party). Hozumi will speak about fan videos of Mariah Carey, deejaying indie dance parties in the 2000s, making video game music, finding himself in hip hop and (re)discovering crate-digging. After the talk he will play a deejayed set of some unique records from his collection of jazz, soft pop/rock, disco, funk and more, weaving around the albums that were selected for the feedback series.
This series invites cultural and critical producers to present thoughts and ideas rooted in their own interests and practices, and invites audiences to join in the conversations that will explore relevant contemporary issues, theories, ideas and culture.
Talk : Independent Curator Liz Park
Tuesday, June 16, 7pm
Independent curator Liz Park will share recent projects made during her fellowship at ICA Philadelphia.
Liz Park is a curator and writer from Vancouver, Canada. After receiving an MA in Art History/Curatorial Studies at the University of British Columbia, she held various curatorial positions including Curator-in-Residence at Western Front, Co-Director/Curator of Access Gallery, and Public Programmer at the Vancouver Art Gallery. She curated a number of exhibitions internationally including at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, the Kitchen in New York, and Seoul Art Space_Geumcheon in Seoul, and her writing has been published by Afterall Online, Performa Magazine, Fillip, Yishu: A Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Pluto Press, and Ryerson University Press, among other places. The topics of her curatorial research and writing include the politics of mobility, the representation of violence, artist-run institutions, and non-Western art in the global context of contemporary art. She has received awards from Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada for her independent curatorial work and scholarship. In 2011–2012, Park was Helena Rubinstein Fellow in the Curatorial Program at the Whitney Independent Study Program. In 2013-2015, she was the Whitney-Lauder Curatorial Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennyslvania.MORE
Artist Talk: Maddie Leach
Thursday, June 11, 7pm
Please note: At the Burrard Marina Field House
1655 Whyte Ave, Vancouver, Free
Burrard Marina Field House artist-in-residence Maddie Leach will present on her recent projects including the Walters Prize nominated ‘If You Find the Good Oil Let Us Know’.MORE