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Marie Lorenz - Tidal Dérive
September 1 to 7, 2015 

Fraser River: Hope to Richmond, September 1 to 3 
Salt Spring Island to Isle-de-Lis/Rum Island, September 5 to 7

Schedule may change depending upon water and weather conditions. Click here for a map and itinerary of the journey. www.contemporaryartgallery.ca/blog/map

The Contemporary Art Gallery welcomes New York-based artist Marie Lorenz back to Vancouver. Join Lorenz on a week-long journey down the Fraser River and around the South Gulf Islands using the tides and currents as a guide.

In 2014, Marie Lorenz participated in a CAG residency at the Burrard Marina Field House Studio which included the construction and launch of a boat created from salvaged wood found around Vancouver and the lower mainland coast line. Driftboat has since travelled to Northern California where Lorenz completed tidal dérives in San Francisco and most recently along the Russian River, Guerneville, California. From September 1 to 7, Tidal Dérive will unfold as an ambitious multi-day trip along the Fraser River (Hope to Richmond) and between the Southern Gulf Islands. Along the route Lorenz will invite participants to boat with her.

Studying tidal charts of the area, Lorenz uses tides and currents to direct the journey. This simple act offers the unique and unfamiliar experience of viewing river banks, harbours, industrialized landscapes and cities from the water. The experience and movement of floating, powered by natural forces, allows for keen observations and further exploration. As Lorenz describes:

“I believe that the act of floating has an impact on observation. The viewer maintains an awareness of their balance and form as they absorb the details in their surroundings. This kind of observation creates something new out of something familiar. My boat projects are an attempt to un-know the metropolis by continually exploring it”
Launching from Hope, BC on September 1 and arriving in Richmond on September 3, the voyage uses tidal currents and historic canoe routes. Participants will join Lorenz on this exploratory journey camping overnight in river-side towns and regional parks, navigating the currents while continuing on from Salt Spring Island on September 5, travelling to Portland Island and Isle-de-Lis, returning September 7.

We are reaching out to canoers and kayakers interested in accompanying artist Marie Lorenz on the week-long journey: Tidal Dérive. To RSVP or for further information contact: learning@contemporaryartgallery.ca or call us directly at 604 681 2700.

We acknowledge the generous support of the U.S. Consulate General Vancouver.

BIO: Marie Lorenz was born in Twentynine Palms, California and grew up traveling with her military family. Lorenz has received grants from Artists Space, the Harpo Foundation and the Alice Kimball English Travel Fellowship. In 2008 she was awarded the Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize for the American Academy in Rome. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, including High Desert Test Sites in Joshua Tree, CA, to MoMA PS1, in New York City. She has completed solo projects at Jack Hanley Gallery in New York; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK and Artpace in San Antonio, Texas. Her ongoing project The Tide and Current Taxi (www.tideandcurrenttaxi.org) is an exploration of the coastline in New York City.
Since 2002, Lorenz has been exploring the waterways of New York City and other cities in North America in boats that she designs and builds; her work combining psycho-geographic explorations with highly crafted material forms explores the intertidal zone. Read more on her ongoing project ‘The Tide and Current Taxi’, www.tideandcurrenttaxi.org. For more information on artist Marie Lorenz go to www.marielorenz.com.

Public events:
Launch event in Hope, BC Time: 9am Place: ‘Put in’ at Wardle Street and 7th Avenue.

Talks and Tours: Our Working Waterfront/Tidal Dérive Thursday, September 3, 5-7pm, free
Our Working Waterfront Guided Tour with Curator, Oana Capota – 5pm New Westminster Museums & Archives 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Tidal Dérive Artist Talk with artist Marie Lorenz – 6pm Samson V Maritime Museum 880 Quayside Drive, New Westminster Join an evening of exploring the Fraser River through two unique public programs: A tour of Our Working Waterfront, 1945-2015 at the New Westminster Museum and Archives led by Curator, Oana Capota (5-6pm) followed by an artist talk and public conversation with artist Marie Lorenz (6-7pm). Lorenz Tidal Dérive is a multi-day float along the Fraser River and Southern Gulf Islands in a boat Lorenz made from driftwood found along Vancouver’s shoreline. Lorenz’ The vessel will be on display.

About the Burrard Marina Field House Residency Program: Burrard Marina Field House Studio: 1655 Whyte Avenue, Vancouver. (Located below the Burrard Bridge, near Vanier Park) The Field House Studio is an artist residency space and community hub organized by the CAG. Since 2013 the CAG has hosted several national and international artists including: Raymond Boisjoly, artist collective- Broken City Lab, Brendan Fernandes, Marie Lorenz, Harrell Fletcher, Sameer Farooq & Mirjam Linschooten, Maddie Leach, Keg de Souza and Walter Scott. Read more about the artist-in-residency projects here: http://www.contemporaryartgallery.ca/blog-category/field-house-studio/ The Field House Studio Residency Program is generously supported by the Vancouver Park Board and the City of Vancouver. We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of many private and individual donors toward this program. For more details about the Field House Studio Program, all forthcoming residencies and associated events visit our website at www.contemporaryartgallery.ca and follow the Field House blog at www.burrardmarinafieldhouse.wordpress.com

Tidal Dérive
Itinerary – September 1 – 7, 2015
HOPE, BC: September 1st; Put in @ 9:00am, arrive earlier to prepare
Boat Launch at corner of Wardle St. and 7th Ave. in Hope, BC
Travel: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Stop: Fraser River Ecological Reserve
Camp: Kirby Historic Site (near Harrison Mills)
KIRBY SITE: September 2nd; Launch @ 9:00am
Travel: 7:00am – 12:00pm
Stop/Camp: Derby Reach Regional Park
DERBY REACH: September 3rd; Launch @ 9:00am
Travel: 7:00am – 12:00pm
Stop: Arrive at New Westminster mid-morning
Continue: to coast final point will be determined by tidal flow
September 4: Commute to Salt Spring Island via Ferry.
SALT SPRING ISLAND: September 5th; Put in at Fulford Harbour @ 7:00am
Travel: 7:00am – 12:00pm
Camp: Shell Beach Campsite, Portland Island
PORTLAND ISLAND: September 6th; Launch @ 7:00am
Travel: 7:00am – 12:00pm
Camp: Isle de Lis (Rum Island) (only 3 self-service sites)
ISLE-De-LIS/RUM ISLAND: September 7th; Launch @ 7:00am
Travel: 7:00am – 4:00pm
Return to: Salt Spring Island

Further information on the project:

Over the past two years Marie Lorenz has participated in a sequence of residencies at the CAG Burrard Marina Field House resulting in the development of a new Pacific-based series of projects centred on the launch of a handmade boat constructed from driftwood found along Vancouver’s coast line. The boat has since travelled to Northern California where Lorenz completed “tidal derives” in San Francisco with Southern Exposure and most recently along the Russian River with Look Up Gallery in Guerneville, California.

In September the project will culminate in a multi-day dérive with the boat along the Fraser River (Hope to Richmond) and between the Southern Gulf Islands, Lorenz inviting participants to join her along the route. Studying tidal charts of the area, the artist uses tides and currents to direct and drift the navigation of ocean and rivers. This simple act of journeying along the contemporary ecosystem and industrialized commercial port of Fraser offers a different and unfamiliar experience of space for city residents who travel over these bodies of water daily. The experience of floating, of movement controlled by natural forces, adds a specific dimension to one’s own observation: the viewer made aware of their own balance and form as they absorb the details of their surroundings, creating something new from something familiar. The journey will be live-streamed via (website) for the land-bound audience to follow, providing a mediated representation of the visceral experience of the expedition.

Since 2002, Lorenz has been exploring the waterways of New York City in boats that she designs and builds, her work combining psycho-geographic explorations with highly crafted, material forms that explore the intertidal zone. She envisions a city harbour as a giant centrifuge, spinning things in the tide and redistributing them around its shore; reorganizing things that we value and representing things that were thrown away. The tide examines the nature of each object with its own incomprehensible order; Lorenz’s driftwood boat a way to gather and record evidence in collaboration with the tide.

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The CAG was delighted to welcome back New York-based artist Marie Lorenz to the Burrard Marina Field House as artist-in-residence during May-June 2014.

For this residency, Lorenz is fabricating a new vessel – a handmade boat – from driftwood found along the coastline of the lower mainland and the City of Vancouver. Lorenz first visited Vancouver in December 2013 to begin research for the residency and she has returned again this month to construct and launch of her exciting site-specific project Driftboat.

Lorenz’ artistic practice explores the intertidal zone of cities. She envisions a harbour as a giant centrifuge, spinning things in the tide and redistributing them around its shore. By building and launching a driftwood boat Lorenz is gathering, recording and collaborating with the natural ebb and flow of the environment. Floating out into False Creek and English Bay in the ‘driftboat’ begins a new kind of dialogue, working to reveal the tidal harbour of Vancouver.

As part of her residency, and in participation with the Vancouver Maritime Museum, on Thursday, May 29, Lorenz was in conversation with Vancouver artists Rebecca Bayer and Josh Hite talking about beachcombing, along with local sailor and writer, R. Bruce Macdonald and treasure hunter, Phil Macska. The following Sunday, June 1, Lorenz, Bayer and Hite complemented their talk by hosting two beachcombing workshops with R. Bruce Macdonald and Phil Macska.

Driftboat was constructed then launched in early June with participatory special events, finally travelling down the west coast, to San Francisco to be presented in the exhibition Off Shore at Southern Exposure later this summer.

For this residency we gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the BC Creative Communities Award and the generosity of many private and individual donations.

Marie Lorenz – 2013 visit and 2014 project

In  December 2013, Marie Lorenz visited Vancouver to begin research for a project completed in May 2014 at the Burrard Marina Field House.

Marie Lorenz’s work combines psycho-geographic exploration with highly crafted, material forms. In her ongoing project The Tide and Current Taxi, Lorenz ferries people on the East and Hudson Rivers surrounding New York City in a boat she has specially made. Lorenz studies tidal charts of the New York Harbor and uses river currents to direct and drift the boat throughout the waterways of the City. The act of floating adds a specific presence to one’s own observation: the viewer maintains an awareness of their own balance and form as they absorb the details in their surroundings. This kind of observation creates something new out of something familiar. For Vancouver Lorenz will begin to develop ideas and discussion toward constructing a new vessel and mapping local waterways in which the community will play an important role as participants.

The Field House Studio Residency Program is generously supported by the Vancouver Park Board and the City of Vancouver. The inaugural residency with Raymond Boisjoly was supported by the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology.

Previously at the Field House

Canadian artist Raymond Boisjoly was our inaugural resident artist at the Burrard Marina Field House Studio. For six months Boisjoly occupied the Field House, using it as a studio and a place for community engagement.

Please see the related blog posts on the right for more news about his residency at the Field House. Click here for the CAG Field House Blog

The Field House Studio is an off-site artist residency space and community hub organized by the Contemporary Art Gallery. This initiative seeks to support artists whose practice moves beyond conventional exhibition making, echoing the founding origins of the gallery where artists were offered support toward the production of new work. Our goal in presenting art outside of the boundaries of our exhibition spaces is to reach out to communities, offering new ways for individuals to encounter and connect with art and artists, expanding audiences as well as strengthening our commitment to nurturing artists through example, context and commissioning.

Running parallel to the residency program is an ongoing series of public events for all ages.

Speaker Series: Artists in Public
This summer the CAG launched a new series inviting creative and cultural producers to share their theories, thoughts, and experiences of developing projects in the public realm.

Justin A. Langlois
Saturday, August 17, 4pm
Field House Studio at Burrard Marina
Langlois discussed his work as co-founder and research director of Broken City Lab, an artist-led interdisciplinary creative research collective and non-profit organization working to explore locality, infrastructures and creative practice leading towards civic change. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Windsor. In the fall of 2013, he will join the Faculty of Culture + Community at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

Zoe Kreye and Catherine Grau
Unlearning Weekenders 
Saturday, June 22, 4pm
Field House Studio at Burrard Marina

This first talk presented collaborators Zoe Kreye and Catherine Grau who were working on a public project throughout Vancouver entitled Unlearning Weekender, a project by Goethe Satellite @ Vancouver, created in cooperation with Dance Troupe Practice, Windsor House School, Public Dreams and Revised Projects. They discussed the series of workshops which invited the public to create rituals as a means of challenging invisible social structures aiming to strengthen community bonds.

Family Days at the Field House Studio

Free drop-in art activities for all ages which responded to the work of Raymond Boisjoly and CAG exhibitions.

Saturday August 24 – A free all ages drop-in art activity: making pin-wheel windmills.
Saturday July 27
- We welcomed art makers of all ages to the Field House, participants learnt the basics of printmaking by making their own styrofoam relief prints.
Saturday June 29 - All ages of visitors dropped by the Field House for a marine mobile workshop, constructing easy-to-make kinetic sculptures which took the marine world as a theme.

The Field House Studio Residency Program is generously supported by the Vancouver Park Board and the City of Vancouver. The inaugural residency with Raymond Boisjoly was supported by the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology.

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Burrard Marina Field House Studio - Marie Lorenz: Tidal Dérive


Ryan Gander
Make every show like it’s your last
September 11 to November 1, 2015

The CAG presents an ambitious exhibition with UK artist Ryan Gander comprising a shifting selection of new and recent works centered on the artist’s ongoing conceptual investigations and playful cultural cross references.

Ideas of concealment, accessibility in every sense, and of a deliberate obfuscation to send our minds challenged and reeling, has been a constant ploy for Gander. Works are characterized most typically by a conceptual as well as formal rigour, often drawing together a layered range of sources and referents. For example in the video and associated off-site poster campaign, Imagineering (2013), there is a clear sense of play in the way work is constructed, and play as both an intellectual mode as well as a physical activity. The series of sculptures I is … (2013) evince a smart way with the art of storytelling in an immensely complex yet subtly coherent body of work which in its combination of the personal with the historical, delivers an emotional pull that is not only intellectually arresting, but also affecting in its humour, its delight in suggesting a dialogue between seemingly disparate objects or provoking associations tinged of sadness.

Organised by the CAG and produced in collaboration with Frac Île de France — Le Plateau, Paris; Manchester Art Gallery, UK; Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry~Londonderry, Northern Ireland; OK Offenes Kulturhaus / Center for Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria; Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado and Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

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Ryan Gander - Make every show like it's your last


Liz Magor
Six Ways to Sunday #06:
Peep Hole Art Centre, Milan, Italy
Via Stilicone, 10, Milano, Italy - www.peep-hole.org
September 24 to December 5, 2015

In autumn 2015 the Contemporary Art Gallery has been invited to take over Peep-Hole in Milan for the final instalment of their Six Ways to Sunday initiative.

On this occasion, CAG will present a major solo exhibition of work by Vancouver based artist Liz Magor. One of the most celebrated and influential figures of her generation, the exhibition will focus on a selection of recent and new work, and in a nod to the immediate historical context of Arte Povera in that area of Italy, primarily include a series of blankets including an ambitious new piece, alongside other sculptures incorporating fabric samples, clothing and labels.

The 1980s proved to be a momentous time in Magor’s career when her work was included in the Sydney Biennale (1982), the Venice Biennale (1984) and at Documenta 8 (1987) in Germany. During this time the artist’s work shifted towards an investigation of the social and emotional life of objects and their capacity to hold and reflect personal and collective histories and identities. Characteristic of her ongoing practice, the blanket works investigate the ontology of ordinary or familiar objects, which she remakes or repurposes, and presents in new contexts. These “serviceable objects” as she calls them, are redolent with association, discarded yet still imbued with and reflective of shared meaning.

 

 

 

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Liz Magor


Kim Beom
December 11, 2015 to January 17, 2016

The CAG presents the first solo exhibition in Canada of work by Korean artist Kim Beom. Comprising a survey of work made across a range of material and form, the exhibition will present characteristically humorous takes on the way we come to see and know things.

Kim is a key figure of his generation in South Korea, his ideas based in the shift created when image-making moves from language to physical form. He fundamentally resists any singular definition, partly through the eclecticism of media – drawing, video, sculpture, performance – as well as taking on seemingly disparate subjects encompassing such things as the entire body of work of a modernist Korean poet or the domestication of dogs. Regularly recalling moments in popular culture and often visualizing wordplay or puns that tip language into the absurd or create comic forms, works such as the untitled series of drawings and related video from 1991-96 are as refreshingly intriguing as they are disarming in their charm and curiosity with the world that surrounds us.

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Kim Beom


Throughout spring and summer 2015 the CAG hosted a series of artists-in-residences, each continued 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 were an ongoing series of public events for all ages.

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 emphasises 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 Vancouver, De Souza is developing a series of community based workshops throughout 2015-16 engaging participants in a critical dialogue regarding local food production. De Souza is working closely with various local urban farmers, food security activists and community members to explore the food politics within the city as both evidence of and a metaphor for urban displacement through gentrification.

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.

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Burrard Marina Field House Studio - Keg de Souza


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.

Harrell Fletcher
March 2015

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 curiositybased 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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Burrard Marina Field House Studio - Harrell Fletcher


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