Join us to celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions at the CAG.
Blame It On the Rain
May 1 to June 28
Alvin Balkind and BC Binning Galleries
May 1 to June 28
Opening: Thursday, April 30, 7-10pm
Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26, 12-6pm
The Contemporary Art Gallery presents a weekend of epic sound working with Vancouver based NURSE.
Performing two six-hour presentations, this group of tonal alchemists intend to create free improvisational music or Free-Continuum Music. They comprise two basses, one full of riffs, the other a distorted drone, a haunting slide guitar and one constant ‘phase-drone’ guitar, providing the continuum. A wash of space synths make this spare drone-scape lush. The performances will be ongoing throughout the day, the sound reacting to and in response to the environment as it unfolds over time, a constantly evolving texture ebbing and flowing throughout the building.
NURSE prescribe heady medication. Releases to date include Heads Remain (C20 on Soldierpumps); Camping Jam and X-Ray (both cd-r on Get Medicated).MORE
Gallery Hop Vancouver: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Art. Talks. Tours.
Join us for a day of art, talks and tours at the Canadian Art Foundation’s Gallery Hop Vancouver.
Panel Discussion: Making Opportunity
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Contemporary Art Gallery, 555 Nelson Street
With important cultural infrastructure projects underway, or recently completed, it is time to take a look at what kinds of new opportunities these projects will bring to the Vancouver art scene. Join Canadian Art editor Richard Rhodes as he kicks off the Gallery Hop with a panel that looks into the future that Vancouver is building for itself.
Kathleen Bartels, Director, Vancouver Art Gallery
Ron Burnett, President, Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Brian McBay, Executive Director, 221A
Nigel Prince, Executive Director, Contemporary Art Gallery
Reid Shier, Director and Curator, Presentation House Gallery
Andy Sylvester, Owner and Director, Equinox Gallery
Talks and Tours
Various locations in Vancouver
Enjoy guided tours of many galleries and institutions in Vancouver. At each stop, an art expert will share a talk on the exhibition on view.
Equinox Gallery, 525 Great Northern Way
Finish your Gallery Hop at the Canadian Art wrap party, being held at Equinox Gallery. Martin Elder’s “Perceptual Renderings” and a group show called “Pictured Windows” will be on view. Richard Rhodes, editor of Canadian Art, and David Balzer, associate editor and author of Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else, will introduce the Spring 2015 issue of the magazine, and subscriptions will be available at a special Hop rate.
Australian artist de Souza investigates the politics of space informed through a formal training in architecture combined with her experiences such as squatting in Redfern, Sydney. De Souza’s work emphasizes participation and reciprocity, and often involves the process of learning new skills and fostering relationships to create site and situation-specific projects. For over ten years she has self-published her hand-bound books and ‘zines under the name All Thumbs Press.
In 2013, de Souza developed projects for the 5th Auckland Triennial, 15th Jakarta Biennale and the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney. More recently, at the Delfina Foundation, London, she hosted a series of picnics held inside an inflatable tent installation designed to fit within the gallery space. Notionally “traditional” English food such as cucumber sandwiches, Cornish pasties and Ploughman’s Lunches were made linking to specific cultural histories as a way to discuss class, privilege, space and colonialism. As picnickers ate and spoke, de Souza mapped the discussion on the floor creating a giant cartography of the conversation. Also in 2014 she completed a residency with KUNCI Cultural Studies Center in Yogyakarta, Indonesia working closely with community organizers and residents of Kampung Ratmakan to create an inflatable ghost house and a film featuring drawings by local children made during a ghost story workshop. Their local government had announced a major development plan affecting the Ratmakan area and the squatters residing there started to be displaced. The area is built on a graveyard so ghosts are constantly appearing to the residents, ongoing exorcisms by the local ghost expert, paralleling their own evictions in the living world.