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John Wood and Paul Harrison, installation view from ‘I DIDN’T KNOW I DIDN’T KNOW IT’, Contemporary Art Gallery, February 12 – April 24, 2016. Photography by SITE Photography


CAG Young Patrons and Cartems Presents Ho Tam | Curious Cabinets

Ho Tam – Curious Cabinets
June 6 – June 30, 2017
Reception: June 22nd, 6-8pm
534 West Pender Street

On view at Cartems West Pender location is an exhibition by Canadian artist Ho Tam. A selection committee comprised of CAG Young Patrons partnered with Cartems to select and display the work of a Vancouver based artist who could speak to their lived experiences within our city.

Tam’s work explores the meaning and construction of the universal experience within a society that has become increasingly diverse and intricate. His most recent projects HOTAM and POSER focus on the individual. With humour and straightforwardness, the resulting images explore the individuals, the grouping, and how individuals pose for the camera whether it is figuratively or objectively.

Part of his project HOTAM, the images on display at Cartems are a part of his series Curious Cabinets. This project is an exploration of the boundary of curiosity and courtesy. Tam spent over two years in secrecy to document his friends’ bathroom cabinets giving insight into their direct lived experiences.

The CAG Young Patrons identified with the images that Tam produced in his series and are eager to share it with the public. The exhibition is currently on view, and Cartems and the CAG Young Patrons will be hosting a reception on June 22nd, from 6-8pm at the West Pender location to celebrate Tam’s work.

Ho Tam was born in Hong Kong before moving to Canada and has worked in advertising companies and community psychiatric facilities before turning to art. He practices in multiple disciplines including photography, video, painting, and print media. Tam is an alumnus of Whitney Museum Independent Studies Program and Bard College.

Meet the CAG Young Patrons Selection Committee:

Michelle Cyca is the co-publisher of SAD Mag, an arts & culture publication celebrating the diverse and emerging creative communities Vancouver BC. She is also a writer, editor, and digital communications specialist, and a member of the City of Vancouver Arts & Culture Policy Council.

Amanda Burrows has 10 years of experience raising funds for non-profits, and is focused on using her skill set to build stronger communities. She is the Principal at Philanthropy Aide and a Fundraising Trainer for Social Venture Partners. Previous work experience includes the Guggenheim NYC and the Art Gallery of Ontario, and senior development roles at Vancouver Opera (VO) and the Museum of Vancouver. As a connector, Amanda helps to develop programs that stimulate philanthropic behaviour and sits on the board for the Contemporary Art Gallery, and aligns with organizations that encourage inclusion, civic engagement and social purpose.

Vancouver-born Livona Ellis is a full time member of Ballet BC. She started dancing at the age of 11 at Arts Umbrella under the direction of Artemis Gordon. Since joining Ballet BC in 2010, she has been fortunate to work with world-renowned artists such as Sharon Eyal, Crystal Pite, Medhi Walerski, Emanuel Gat, Cayetano Soto, Johan Inger, Francesca Caroti (William Forsyth), Wen Wei Wang, Lesley Telford, Doug Letheren (Sharon Eyal), and Shahar Binyamini (Ohad Naharin). She is on faculty at Arts Umbrella and will be teaching at their Junior Summer Dance Intensive this summer.

Shaun Dacey is Director of the Richmond Art Gallery. Previous to that he was Curator at the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), where he produced a diverse program of exhibitions, educational initiatives and off-site projects with particular focus on the development of the CAG’s Burrard Marina Field House Studio residency program. His previous positions include Director/Curator of Access Gallery, Public Programmer at the Burnaby Art Gallery, and Youth Programmes coordinator at Oakville Galleries. Dacey holds a master’s degree in Critical and Curatorial Studies from the University of British Columbia.

RSVP for the event here!