May 6 to July 17, 2016
The Contemporary Art Gallery presents the first major museum exhibition in Canada devoted to the celebrated German photographer Jochen Lempert. Trained as a biologist, Lempert photographs plants, animals and other natural phenomena with both scientific acumen and a poetic appreciation of natural beauty. His approach is scientific as well as humorous. Always working in black and white, his work engages with a diverse range of subjects and genres, ranging from everyday views to abstracted details. Photographic series alternate with single pictures, highly contrasted images with almost blank papers, through which multiple links and subtle associations are woven.
Ranging from medium-sized to small and tiny prints, the exhibition comprises Lempert’s now classic repertoire of flora and fauna, and focuses on a range of work produced over the last five years that examines the indexical nature of photography itself, notions of time and connections to the history of image making, mutability, classification and materiality. The subject of interest of Lempert’s work—animal life—is complemented by his exploration of the properties and materiality of the photographic image, as revealed in its developing and printing processes. While seemingly serendipitous, Lempert nevertheless pursues a very clear goal and aesthetic. His is a very careful, subtle world.
In Vancouver the exhibition is generously supported by the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V. Organized by the Contemporary Art Gallery Vancouver in collaboration with the Cincinnati Art Museum.
This exhibition forms part of Capture Photography Festival.
Jochen Lempert lives and works in Hamburg, Germany. Selected solo exhibitions include Cincinnati Art Museum (2015); ProjecteSD, Barcelona, Spain; Overbeck-Gesellschaft Verein von Kunstfreunden e.V., Lübeck, Germany; Städtische Galerie Nordhorn, Germany (2014); Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany; Lulu, Mexico City, Mexico; Norma Mangione gallery, Torino, Italy (2013); Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis; Rochester Art Center, Rochester (2012); Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany; Front Room. Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Saint Louis (2010); Domaine de Kerguéhennec Centre d’Art Contemporain, Bignan, France; Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal (2009). His work has recently been included in group exhibitions at Fotomuseum Antwerp, Belgium; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Germany; Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna, Austria; Fondation D’Enterprise Ricard, Paris; The Photographers’ Gallery, London; Marian Goodman, Paris; Biennial for Contemporary Art; FRAC Bretagne, Rennes, France; Heidelberger Kunstverein, Germany; Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany; and the Paris Triennial, amongst many others. His work is held in many public collections including: Fundació „La Caixa“, Barcelona, Spain; Colección Banco de España, Madrid, Spain; CNAP, Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris, France; FRAC Bretagne, Rennes, France; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris; Fondation Norac, Rennes, France; Les Abbatoirs–Musée d’art modern et contemporain and Frac Midi-Pyrénées, Toulouse, France; Museum Ludwig Köln; Museum Folkwang Essen; and Kunstmuseum Bonn, amongst many others. In 2005 Lempert was the winner of the Edwin-Scharff Preis, Hamburg and was shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2014. He is represented by ProjecteSD, Barcelona.
Claudia Beck on Jochen Lempert
Saturday, June 11, 3pm
Claudia Beck is an art collector and writer who lives and works in Vancouver. She will lead a personal response to the work of Jochen Lempert.
From 1976 to 1982, Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft ran NOVA Gallery focusing on photography by artists including: Henry Fox Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, Walker Evans, Ian Wallace and N.E. Thing Co. They were the first gallery to exhibit the work of Jeff Wall and are considered pioneers among commercial photography galleries. Beck and Gruft have since donated a large portion of their photography collection to the Vancouver Art Gallery, which was featured in the exhibition Real Pictures in 2005. Beck curated the exhibition of work by Christopher Williams at CAG as well as serving as a Board member and was also a trustee of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Previously she served for four years as Head of the Acquisitions Committee of The Getty Museum Photo Council in Los Angeles.MORE
Artist talk – Jochen Lempert.
CAG presents the first major museum exhibition in Canada devoted to the well-respected German photographer Jochen Lempert. Trained as a biologist, Lempert photographs plants, animals and other natural phenomena with both scientific acumen and a poetic appreciation of natural beauty. His approach is scientific as well as humorous. Always working in black and white, his work engages with a diverse range of subjects and genres, ranging from everyday views to abstracted details.
Jochen Lempert lives and works in Hamburg, Germany. Selected recent solo exhibitions include Cincinnati Art Museum (2015–2016); Between Bridges, Berlin, Germany (2015); Städtische Galerie Nordhorn, Germany (2014); Hamburger Kunsthalle; Lulu, Mexico City (2013); Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis; Rochester Art Center, Rochester (2012); Museum Ludwig, Cologne; ProjecteSD, Barcelona; Art 3 art contemporain, Valence, France; Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Saint Louis (2010); Domaine de Kerguéhennec Centre d’Art Contemporain, Bignan, France; Culturgest, Lisbon (2009); Sprengel Museum Hannover (2008); Kunstverein Ulm (with Jürgen Stollhans), Germany (2007); Haus der Photographie, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (2006); Museum for Contemporary Art, Siegen, Germany; amongst many others. His work has been included in recent group exhibitions at Fotomuseum Antwerp, Belgium; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; Travesía Cuatro, Madrid (2015); Fondation D’Enterprise Ricard, Paris; The Photographers’ Gallery, London; Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna (2014); Gallery Marian Goodman, Paris; Lisa Cooley Gallery, New York; Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg (2013); FRAC Bretagne, Rennes, France; Heidelberger Kunstverein; Paris Triennial (2012); Kunstmuseum aan zee, Ostende, Belgium (2011); Camera Austria, Kunsthaus Graz (2010). Lempert’s work is held in many public collections including, Fundació „La Caixa“, Barcelona, Spain; FRAC Bretagne, Rennes; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris; Les Abbatoirs – Musée d’art modern et contemporain and Frac Midi-Pyrénées, Toulouse; Museum Ludwig Köln; Museum Folkwang Essen; Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany. He was awarded the Edwin-Scharff Preis der Stadt Hamburg in 2006 and shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2014. Lempert is represented by BQ, Berlin and ProjecteSD, Barcelona.MORE
Assisting on my first official exhibition installation, Field Guide was undoubtedly a daunting one; I assisted in the unpacking, scrupulous analysis, and condition-reporting for 200 individual silver gelatin prints –a project that definitely gave me a taste of the curatorial life! That being said, the up-close experience with the very personal, and object-like prints led to a decidedly intimate experience with the body of work, as well as the show overall.
With every glassine envelope opened, it seemed as if my intent gaze was being met by another set of eyes –an urban pigeon, a squirrel, a praying mantis. The ethereal shots seemed to present themselves as unabashedly everyday and imperfect. In this way, Lempert firmly situates himself at a crossroads; between the scientific approach of a trained biologist, and the playful photographic inquiry of an artist. The result, coupled with his simple and intuitive approach to hanging the works in the gallery (with just medical tape!) is particularly compelling. Lempert taped and un-taped, even taking a lunch break to dwell upon scale – both between the space and the images themselves, and the photographs’ individual relationships to one another. Some creative blocks can only be overcome with the assistance of some good Vancouver sushi!
Perhaps the most mesmerizing aspect of Lempert’s works is their anachronistic mode of production: silver gelatin printing. Though a common photographic practice in the early 20th century, this technique is now largely reserved to a few skilled contemporary photographers – not the everyday amateur. The finished prints are simultaneously ghostly and lively in their presence; faded, yet intimate all the same. Just as the mode of printing might make viewers recall antique family photographs, so are Lempert’s photographs strangely familiar and nostalgic.
I particularly enjoyed being part of this creative experience because of how casual, yet undoubtedly painstakingly thought-out Lempert’s approach is. Working closely with Preparator, Phil Dion, and Assistant Curator, Jas Lally, I was able to learn the day-to-day tasks involved in the installation of a large photographic exhibition.
Open now until July 17th, Field Guide is not to be missed.
My name is Lee Gilad. I recently started a summer curatorial internship here at the CAG, which I am very excited about. Currently, I am a Master’s student at the Comparative Media Arts program at Simon Fraser University. Before that, I was an undergraduate student studying Art History.
I am new to Canada, and I am still waiting for my first bear-interaction!
Since I was born and lived in Israel, the differences between Tel Aviv and Vancouver make me laugh on most days, and on other days I do not even notice them.
Previously I worked as a Production and Curation Assistant at Office in Tel Aviv Gallery where I had the privilege of collaborating with curators, artists, buyers, critics and more.
I look forward to more collaborations here, in my new-even-if-temporary home of Vancouver, which I am slowly getting to know.
I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with and learn from Shaun Dacey , Jas Lally and the rest of the great CAG team.
I am certain that this experience will be interesting and fun, as I will watch, listen and participate in the production and curation of upcoming exhibitions.
Pay us a visit soon, we would love to meet you.
My name is Rachel Buchholtzer and I’m thrilled to be joining the CAG team as Marketing and Event Assistant this summer, made possible through the Department of Canadian Heritage, Young Canada Works program.
My background is in art history – I’m currently finishing my BA in art history at UBC, with a focus on photography and architecture. I’m coming to the CAG after a year at the Belkin Gallery, as well as marketing work at Ballet BC and the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden. I also created and work collaboratively on an interview collective called Searching For (http://searchingforcollective.com/). Merging art and marketing is of great interest to me -I’m fascinated by how artists work, and understanding more of the intricacies of the creative process (from studio to finished work), but also by how this content is communicated to an audience.
I’m very excited to be part of planning this year’s gala and auction, and to be working with such an impressive group of artists and staff. I will be posting throughout the process – expect updates, interviews, and images.
OFFICIAL NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2016
CAG Contemporary Art Gallery Society of British Columbia
MEETING OF GENERAL MEMBERSHIP
Thursday, June 14, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
At the Contemporary Art Gallery, 555 Nelson Street, Vancouver
We thank these outgoing Directors for their significant contributions:
Marina Newson – outgoing Director, 3 years of service
Don Millar – outgoing Director, 4 years of service
Mark Killas – outgoing Vice President, 4 years of service
Nancy Hay – outgoing Director, 5 years of service
Rick Erickson – outgoing Director, 6 years of service
Mark Wentzell – outgoing Secretary, 6 years of service
Thank you to our members for supporting the CAG throughout the year.MORE
On my first day as a Curatorial Intern volunteering at the CAG consisted of, amongst other things, observing and assisting in the meticulous repacking of fifteen rulers, two balls of string, a wooden broom, one big ball of blue tape and one pint-sized tennis court. I shadowed and assisted Assistant Curator Jas Lally as she carefully packed these objects as part of the de-installation of the exhibition by John Wood and Paul Harrison, I Didn’t Know I Didn’t Know It.
Over the course of three days I observed and assisted as I Didn’t Know I Didn’t Know It was photographed, dusted, taken apart into its smallest components, and packed neatly away exactly as it had been received three months prior. I learned that the process includes: noting museum wax residue, dust accumulation and any small changes made to the works in the condition reports. Finally, all the pieces were placed back in their respective packaging (with careful attention in every strip of packing tape!). Using highly honed Tetris skills, delicately lifting and sliding the works, they were placed in formation in the crate. The gallery was swept clean, and the walls painted. John Wood and Paul Harrison had officially left the building.
I learned a lot on my first de-installation and seeing the removal of the works from the gallery from start to finish was an eye-opening experience. Although the end of the exhibition was bittersweet, the satisfaction of seeing the packing up the show, scrupulously recording and photographing it, and seeing the objects off to their next home proved very satisfying. As the crates were wheeled out the door, the anticipation of receiving the work of upcoming artist, Jochen Lempert, settled in. Witnessing the life cycle process of an exhibition was nothing short of a cathartic experience! Don’t worry if you missed out on the exhibition as their window work Some Words Some More Words is still on display until August 28.
– Brennagh BaileyMORE
My name is Brennagh Bailey and I am very excited to be returning to the CAG this spring and summer as a curatorial intern.
I first joined the CAG team in June 2014 as Family Day coordinator; designing and directing activities for younger gallery-goers and their parents that promoted artistic engagement with the current exhibitions. Not only did this opportunity allow me to interact and share my ideas with an eclectic mix of young families and volunteers, but it also gave me a glimpse into the inner workings of a gallery space and its day-to-day operations – and created an itch to learn more.
Currently, I work closely with Assistant Curator, Jas Lally and Curator, Shaun Dacey. I am gaining an even more intimate, behind-the-scenes experience. So far, I have assisted with the de-installation of the John Wood and Paul Harrison exhibition, as well as assisted with the careful unpacking, condition reporting and installation of our current show, Field Guide, by German artist Jochen Lempert.
Having finished my undergraduate degree at UBC in Art History, primarily focusing on contemporary art, I am now looking into beginning my Masters degree in Curatorial Studies. The CAG continues to give me the invaluable opportunity to meet with contemporary artists and art-enthusiasts both local and international.
Stay tuned for more updates on my next project at the CAG.