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Harrell Fletcher – Artist talk
Friday, March 20, 7pm

Burrard Marina Field House Studio
1655 Whyte Avenue

Join us for an artist talk and open discussion with new Field House resident acclaimed artist and Portland State University Social Practice Program founder Harrell Fletcher. With a focus on his recent walking projects, Fletcher is in Vancouver to begin research on a new public project slated for 2016.

Following Fletcher’s talk the Field House Studio hosts Social Practice Gathering (www.socialpracticegathering.tumblr.com) at 8:30pm. For the event artists Genevieve Robertson, Jay White and Jacklyn Harris are excited to bring you The Walk Exchange, a thought-provoking, creative & collaborative gathering that will challenge the boundaries and encourage alternative methods of route finding over conventional landmarks and grid systems within our city.  The event will be primarily outdoors, apart from beginning indoors and ending the evening by reconvening for discussion and reflection on our experiences. Feel free to bring a hot beverage and snacks. Dress warmly/according to the weather! Supplies will be provided, though we ask that if you feel so generous, we would be delighted to have participants document the gathering in any way they feel inclined.

Throughout spring 2015 the CAG is hosting a series of artists-in-residence, each continuing research toward participatory projects to be realized throughout 2015–2016. The Field House Studio is an off-site artist residency space and community hub organized by the Contemporary Art Gallery. This program moves beyond conventional exhibition making, echoing the founding origins of the gallery where artists were offered support toward the production of new work, while reaching out to communities and offering new ways for individuals to encounter and connect with art and artists. Running parallel to the residency program are an ongoing series of public events for all ages.

Fletcher will develop research rooted in his recent walking projects toward a new piece for Vancouver. In 2013, at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, he developed a four day walk with a group of museum staff, scientists and members of the public. Over forty miles, from the museum across the Bay to Emeryville and the top of Mt Diablo, each participant presented topics related to the areas they were travelling through. Each day featured several official stops while countless unofficial observations added to the experience, additional members of the public connected with the core group at more than a dozen points along the path. By extending the museum’s curiosity based learning into the surrounding landscape, the project aimed to transform the everyday world into an open classroom, working toward a greater integration of the cultural institution within its surrounding community.

Fletcher has produced a variety of socially engaged collaborative and interdisciplinary projects since the early 1990s. His work has been shown at SFMoMA, de Young Museum, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, Yerba Buena Center, all in San Francisco; Berkeley Art Museum; The Drawing Center, Socrates Sculpture Park, and The Sculpture Center, all in New York; PICA, Portland; The Seattle Art Museum; Signal, Malmö, Sweden; Domain de Kerguehennec, France; Tate Modern, London and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. His work was included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial and was the 2005 recipient of the Alpert Award in Visual Arts. From 2002 to 2009 Fletcher co-produced Learning To Love You More, a participatory website with Miranda July. His 2005 exhibition The American War originated at ArtPace in San Antonio, travelling to Solvent Space, Richmond, VA; White Columns, NYC; The Center For Advanced Visual Studies, MIT, Boston; PICA, Portland and LAXART, Los Angeles among other locations. Fletcher is an Associate Professor of Art and Social Practice at Portland State University, Oregon.

 

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Harrell Fletcher - Artist talk


Downtown Gallery Tours

Saturday, January 31, 1–3pm

Join us for an afternoon of guided tours at Audain Gallery, SFU; Satellite Gallery and Contemporary Art Gallery. Meet us at Audain Gallery at 1 pm for a tour of Geometry of Knowing Part 2 led by curator Amy Kazymerchyk; 2 pm at Satellite Gallery for a tour of Mainstreeters: Taking Advantage, 1972–1982 led by curators Allison Collins and Michael Turner, and 3pm at Contemporary Art Gallery for a tour of exhibitions by Grace Schwindt and Krista Belle Stewart led by CAG Director, Nigel Prince and CAG Curator, Learning and Public Programs, Shaun Dacey.

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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 Director Nigel Prince, followed by a discussion with Shaun Dacey, Curator, Learning and Public Programs and special guests.

Salon on the exhibition Blame It On the Rain by Julia Dault
free, all welcome

 

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SFU Philosophers Café: Art Salons - on Julia Dault


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 Director Nigel Prince, followed by a discussion with Shaun Dacey, Curator, Learning and Public Programs and special guests.

Salon on the exhibition by Grace Schwindt
free

 

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SFU Philosophers Café: Art Salons - on Grace Schwindt


Field Guides (a guide to Field House Residencies) – Exhibition
Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
Opening reception: Thursday, September 18, 5pm

The CAG is participating in an exhibition of the Vancouver Parks
Board Field House residents. Documentation of projects from
our artists-in-residence Raymond Boisjoly, Broken City Lab,
Marie Lorenz and Brendan Fernandes will be on display.

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Field Guides (a guide to Field House Residencies) - Exhibition Opening


James Langdon
A School for Design Fiction
September 2014

As our contribution to Vancouver Design Week, the CAG is
working with James Langdon, recipient of the 2012 Inform
Award for Conceptual Design, presented by the Museum
of Contemporary Art Leipzig, Germany. Langdon will
offer a short course in reading objects, environments and
messages. Stimulated by the curious genre of design fiction, the programme asserts storytelling as the primary function of design. Langdon will conduct a three day workshop on September 16–18 exploring narrative approaches to design, a series of connected exercises subjecting a collection of found materials to various manual and conceptual processes.

The workshop is not concerned with speculative design or futurism, but with documenting and manipulating the narrative potential of ordinary artefacts through conside ration of their essence; their relations with each other; and the meanings they might be made to express.

Space is limited to 12 participants. further information at
learning@contemporaryartgallery.ca or 604 681 2700.

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