Sunday, January 31, 2016; 2pm
B.C. Binning Gallery
Hazel Meyer’s projects explore seemingly disparate yet overlapping preoccupations — intestines and athletics, feminism and the absurd, anxiety and textiles — using scale, language, repetition, gentle confrontation and ecstatic immersion. Recent projects include solo exhibitions at MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie and Art Metropole, Toronto; group exhibitions at Doris McCarthy Gallery, Scarborough and Trifecta Gallery, Las Vegas; publications with Little Joe (UK) and Idea Exchange, Cambridge and residencies at Embassy of Foreign Artists, Geneva and Scrap Metal Gallery, Toronto.
Hazel Meyer’s mutable body of work, Muscle Panic, considers the performance of the athletic. Evoking the imagery of momentous sports history, the bodily gestures and actions of a drill or warmup and the aesthetics of the gymnasium, Meyer instigates an arena of sweat and queer desire. Multiple iterations of Muscle Panic have taken the project from a rogue basketball gym built in an abandoned barn to a clandestine locker room to a warehouse-like gymnastics studio. Simultaneously an installation and a performance, Muscle Panic transforms the banal and austere white cube into a hot physically charged site for emotional and physical exchange. For CAG, Meyer has developed an installation of imagery and objects evoking the potentially queer sensibilities of the athletic. The installation will become the set for an afternoon event in which performers animate the set through a series of drills exploring endurance as gendered phenomena within sport.MORE
Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31, 2016; 10am and 3:30pm daily
Off-site: Embark from Yaletown Ferry Dock, Quayside Marina, 1088 Marinaside Crescent and disembark at Burrard Marina Field House, 1655 Whyte Avenue
Paper introduces us to K, a woman who runs a small, family restaurant off a mysterious island along the shores of Japan. One evening, just before closing, a man appears at the door for a meal. What follows is a series of strange events that allows K to peer into a portal created by a tiny hole in her paper menu. A second chapter of Rock, Paper, Scissor an ongoing trilogy of multi-media experiences set in the time frame of 1900–2100, Paper bridges Canada and Japan through migration, water and the natural resources of coal, lumber and iron. The original Japanese version of Paper was completed in 2013 through AIR 475 artist-in-residence program in Yonago, Tottori, Japan.
For the CAG, Mochizuki has produced the English version of the audio narrative experienced on a boat ride across False Creek. The journey will culminate in a traditional chagayu (tea porridge that integrates salmon and rice) often consumed by Japanese Canadian fishermen on lengthy fishing trips out at sea.
Cindy Mochizuki creates multi-media installation, performance, animation, drawings and interdisciplinary collaborations that integrate historic ephemera and stories present within public and private archives. Interested in the methodologies of memory work and experimental narratives, her projects invoke a timeless space of both fiction and documentary. Recent exhibitions and projects include Shako Club, grunt gallery (2015), AIR 475, Yonago, Japan (2014), Fictive Communities Asia, Koganecho Bazaar, Koganecho, Japan (2014), and On the Subject of Ghosts, Hamilton Artists Inc. (2013).MORE
The Library Project: Interdisciplinarity as the Catalyst of Knowledge
Saturday, January 30, 2016; 11am–2pm
B.C. Binning Gallery and Reading Room
The Library Project is an ongoing series of participatory events exploring the body as a source and site of knowledge. Interrogating the strategies of contemporary academic and corporate forms of group knowledge exchange and skill building such as the TED Talk, conference, workshop and lecture, each performance playfully explores personal history, archive and pedagogy. Inspired by the Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai’s
call to action at the UN, “Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution.” The Library Project seeks to develop a space and platform for knowledge sharing through performative acts. For CAG, Dragu will host a daytime intensive workshop considering the idea of trans-interdisciplinarity. Alongside this in our reading room we present the video archive of the five previous iterations at the Bickersteth Library, Hart House, University of Toronto; Richmond Public Library; Kamloops Art Gallery; Your Kontinent: Richmond International Film & Media Arts Festival and Month of Performance Art, Berlin.
Margaret Dragu works in video, installation, web-based/book-publication and performance. Spanning relational, durational, interventionist and community-based practices, her performances have been presented in galleries, museums, theatres, nightclubs, libraries, universities and sitespecific venues including parks, botanical
gardens, and public parade routes across Canada, the United States and Europe. An innovator and pioneer in Canadian art, Dragu was the recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts in 2012.MORE
*PLEASE NOTE: DOUG will be performed for one night only; on Friday Jan 29. Doors open at 6pm.
Friday, January 29, 2016; 7pm
B.C. Binning Gallery
The Contemporary Art Gallery presents the North American premiere of Janice Kerbel’s Turner Prize nominated DOUG, a musical composition and performance.
Employing recognizable conventions from a variety of disciplines — from theatre to sport to music — Kerbel’s practice utilizes existing structures while challenging expectations and traditional use. Events normally considered impossible to depict are given form that is both surprising and strangely familiar.
Commissioned by The Common Guild, Glasgow and first presented at the Mitchell Library in 2014, an ensemble of six vocalists leads the audience through a nine song cycle of imagined disasters, translating “accident” into musical form. Reflecting the acts themselves, some pieces are violently
short, others unfold at length. Voice and the structures inherent in music are used to give shape to these visceral moments, while Kerbel’s lyrics take the form of a series of rhythmic verse outlining a sequence of events going from bad to worse with titles such as Blast, Fall, Hit, Crash and Slip.
The performance is presented with musica intima and supported by Vancouver New Music. Text by Janice Kerbel. Composition by Janice Kerbel in collaboration with Laurie Bamon and Philip Venables. DOUG was initially conceived as an online project for Film and Video Umbrella.
Janice Kerbel lives and works in London, has exhibited internationally since the late 1990s and participated in numerous group exhibitions and biennales. Recent projects include The Turner Prize, Tramway, Glasgow; Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver (2015); DOUG, Common Guild, Glasgow (2014); Kill the Workers, Chisenhale, London; Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe and Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre (2011); See it Now, Art Now, Tate Britain (2010); Remarkable, commissioned for Frieze Projects (2007); and Nick Silver Can’t Sleep, commissioned by Artangel/BBC Radio 3 (2006) and presented live at Art Now Live, Tate Britain (2007). Kerbel is represented by Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver, greengrassi, London; Galerie Karin Guenther, Hamburg; and i8, Reykjavik.MORE
For the first of six live performance events at the CAG in January 2016 we present a new work by Tiziana La Melia.
Developed from the artist’s own writing, Tiziana La Melia’s performances investigate the slippages between language and form, evoking a tension between the written and the aesthetic visual experience of performance. Creating intricate installations and objects that also operate as props, sets and costumes, La Melia develops compellingly simple vignettes that allude to a range of references from the art historical and literary to the personal and incidental, leaving the viewer to contemplate a layered and malleable composition.
For CAG, La Melia has produced a new performance Staring at the Ceiling which enacts a professional photo shoot for a set of earrings designed by the artist. Her audience become witnesses and participants in a photograph that aims to capture the glint and flash of an object captured in motion. The piece is performed in two parts, splitting physical action and spoken word.
Tiziana La Melia lives and works in Vancouver, BC and works in painting, installation, film and writing. Recent exhibitions include Francois Ghebaly, Los Angeles; Mint, Columbus; Mercer Union, Toronto; Macaulay & Co. Fine Art, Vancouver; The Apartment, Vancouver; Xspace, Toronto; Western Front, Vancouver, and SBC Galerie, Montreal. La Melia’s writing has appeared in Night Papers V, Bartleby Review, Setup Magazine, Millions Magazine, Pelt and West Coast Line among others. Selected readings and screenings of her work include Wendy’s Subway, New York; Model, Vancouver and Trieze, Paris. In 2014, she was the Writer in Residence at TPW R&D, Toronto and the winner of the RBC Canadian Painting Competition.MORE
Lying Bodies, Standing Bodies
Daily from: Tuesday, January 26 to Sunday, January 31, 2016; 12–6pm
Alvin Balkind Gallery
Parts of Olivia Boudreau’s diverse practice are performance and video works capturing gradual movement in real time. For example, Box (2009) is a twenty-two hour fixed frame record of a horse in its stable or Pelages (2007) documents a woman in an ash-coloured fur coat attempting to remain on her hands and knees for five hours. Simple compositions present bodies caught in the passage of time; actions unfold a range of gestures at a glacial pace capturing changes in light and movement that provoke a diversity of interpretations for the viewer.
At CAG we present Lying Bodies, Standing Bodies (2014), a performance structured as a durational loop. One performer stands observing another lying on the gallery floor. When the standing performer is tired, he or she lies down indicating to the other to get up and stand. The period of each interval is determined by the performers, a continual role reversal described. Set in the Alvin Balkind gallery, the viewer happens upon this intimate act in progress.
Olivia Boudreau has been featured in various exhibitions across Canada and Europe including solo exhibitions at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery, Concordia University, Montréal, Galerie Néon in Lyon, France and at the LOOP Festival in Barcelona. In 2011 she participated in the second Québec Triennial at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and was awarded the Pierre Ayot prize. Boudreau was longlisted for the Sobey award in 2012 and 2014.
‘Lying Bodies, Standing Bodies’ was initially produced and presented in the context of the Leonard & Bina Ellen Program in Support of Artistic Production, Concordia University.MORE