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Artist Talks

Greg Staats
Sunday, April 2, 2pm
Staats will discuss his multidisciplinary practice and the works on display for ‘Song of the Open Road’.

Toronto-based artist Greg Staats, Kanien’kehá:ka (b. Ohsweken, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory) works combine language, mnemonics and the natural world as an ongoing process of conceptualizing a Haudenosaunee restorative aesthetic to define the multiplicity of relationships with trauma and renewal. For ‘Song of the Open Road’ Staats’ installation ‘untitled (objects of reciprocal thinking)’ (2014) brings together images and objects from personal and community archives that offer intellectual and aesthetic interpretation of body and ceremony.

‘Song of the Open Road’
Vikky Alexander, Robert Arndt, Gerard Byrne, Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn, Kelly Jazvac, Kelly Lycan, Niamh O’Malley, Dawit L. Petros, Greg Staats and Lisa Tan
April 1 to June 18, 2017
Public opening: Saturday, April 1, 4-6pm, all welcome!
Contemporary Art Gallery and off-site at Yaletown-Roundhouse Station, Canada Line.

Presented in partnership with Capture Photography Festival, 2017

Taking its title from a poem by Walt Whitman, the Contemporary Art Gallery presents a group exhibition as the central feature of this year’s Capture Photography Festival.

Bringing together ten artists from Canada, Eritrea, Ireland, Sweden and USA, the exhibition presents an expanded field of photographic practice encompassing still, documentary traditions through to digital technologies and moving image, which through black-and-white silver gelatin prints, digital printouts from Internet searches and found archive materials, collectively examine notions of what you see is most definitely not what you get.

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Artist Talk - Greg Staats


What’s At Stake? Intertextual Indigenous Knowledges

Saturday, February 4, 12-5PM
World Art Centre, SFU, 149 West Hastings, Vancouver

What’s At Stake? Intertextual Indigenous Knowledges is an afternoon of talks, panels and a spoken word performance that examines knowledge, power, authority, and sovereignty in the construction of artistic practices. Following on Intertextual: Art in Dialogue, a roving reading group that was held at participating galleries over the last year, this program is meant to function less like a syllabus and more like a web of ideas. Intertextual aims to examine/critique and create/support a community based in text, recognizing the process of selection and concomitant erasure that occurs in any process of representation.

Taking the critical historiography of Native Art of the Northwest Coast: A Changing History of Ideas (UBC Press, 2013) as a point of provocation, this event belongs to an intertextual discussion of artistic practice and the role of art institutions (from artist-run centres to public gallery models) in Vancouver. This series has been produced with the participation of SFU Galleries, Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, Contemporary Art Gallery, grunt gallery, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Museum of Anthropology, Presentation House Gallery, UBC Press, Vancouver Art Gallery, and Western Front.

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What's At Stake? Intertextual Indigenous Knowledges


Happy Hour:
Collaborative Poetry reading with Daniel Zomparelli and Dina Del Bucchia
Thursday, February 16, 7pm

In response to Erdem Taşdelen’s ‘The Quantified Self Poems’, poet Daniel Zomparelli will speak about his work with Taşdelen and the central role collaboration plays in his creative practice. Zomparelli and frequent collaborator Dina Del Bucchia will follow with a reading from recent work.
Zomparelli is editor-in-chief of Poetry is Dead magazine, co-podcaster of Can’t Lit and co-editor of After You, a collaborative poetry project. His first book of poems Davie Street Translations and Rom Com a collaborative book with Dina Del Bucchia are published by Talonbooks. His first collection of short stories Everything is Awful and You’re a Terrible Person will be published by Arsenal Pulp Press in Spring 2017.

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Happy Hour: Collaborative Poetry reading with Daniel Zomparelli and Dina Del Bucchia


Erdem Taşdelen
Thursday, January 19, 6.30pm
Taşdelen will discuss his multidisciplinary practice involving video, installation, sculpture, drawing and artist books along with recent works on view at CAG.

The Contemporary Art Gallery presents two new works by
Toronto-based Turkish artist Erdem Taşdelen. Commissioned by
CAG in partnership with Cineworks, ‘Wild Child’ is an ambitious
two-part video installation which takes as its starting point, An
Historical Account of the Discovery and Education of a Savage
Man by Jean Marc Gaspard Itard, a physician who decided to care
for a feral boy found in Aveyron, France in 1798. Convinced that he
could “civilize” the boy by teaching him language, Itard was left
frustrated in his attempts to make the boy transcend his so-called
savagery when he proved incapable of learning to speak.

Presented in our windows is ‘The Quantified Self Poems’, a new series of twelve screen prints. Over a period of three months in the summer of 2016, Taşdelen reported his moods approximately three times a day on “Emotion Sense”, a self-improvement smartphone app developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge, UK. As he answered a series of questions the artist’s feelings were numerically encoded as data, effectively quantifying the unquantifiable. Working with programmer Ali Bilgin Arslan, Taşdelen developed an algorithm that translated this information into words drawn from a unique dictionary created by Vancouver-based poet Daniel Zomparelli. Unusual sentences emerge from which we attempt to make some kind of sense.

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Artist talk - Erdem Tasdelen


Artist talk and project launch with Keg de Souza
Wednesday September 28, 7pm
544 Main Street, Vancouver

We welcome back to Vancouver Australian artist Keg de Souza, on her final visit to the city, de Souza presents an artist talk and a public project exploring food culture as a metaphor for urban displacement. De Souza will discuss her recent projects including the Redfern School of Displacement, presented as part of the 20th Biennale of Sydney. This project reflected on the ongoing activism, debate, speculation and political rhetoric concerning displacement and gentrification in Sydney.

Throughout October, de Souza will operate from a temporary space in the former Park Lock Dim Sum/Seafood Restaurant on the second floor of 544 Main Street in Chinatown. From this location she will initiate a food mapping installation developed via a series of public events, workshops and discussions centered on this disused space, the last original building standing on the corner of Main and Keefer.

Participants are invited to contribute items that represent the changing urban fabric of the Chinatown/DTES area through its food culture. Each participant’s items will be vacuum bagged and used to create a tile in the construction of a temporary structure within the Chinatown space. The numerous vacuum bags will create a patchwork surface that represents various community members, and their insights into local food culture and gentrification. Items could range from: menus from new upmarket establishments; packaging from iconic restaurants of the area, soup kitchen fliers, info on urban farming or even something grown from an urban farm.

De Souza’s practice investigates the politics of space, emphasizing participation and reciprocity to create site and situation-specific projects. De Souza aims to cultivate local knowledge regarding the displacement of low income, indigenous and immigrant communities in collaboration with residents and the community, creating a platform for conversation and debate.

The project in Vancouver is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and Left of Main.

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Off-site: Artist Talk - Keg de Souza


The Young Patrons program, which I got the chance to work on with CAG Development Officer Kristin Cheung during my time at CAG, aims to create events that are at once social, educational, inclusive and intimate. Events like last week’s Happy Hour with an artist talk by Montreal-based Mohawk artist Skawennati, are a chance for Vancouver young professionals to both get to know one another and learn about art directly from the artists themselves.

Above are some photos from Young Patrons’ first event of the season.

This fall on will include an artist talk with Rebecca Chaperon, as well as an introduction to the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Art Rental & Sales program, and a tour of Isabel Nolan’s exhibition by assistant curator Jas Lally.

See you at the next event on Tuesday September 6 at 6pm.

– Rachel Buchholtzer

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Young Patrons update by Rachel Buchholtzer


CAG artist-in-residence Dylan Miner co-hosted with Amanda Strong an Intertextual: Art in Dialogue reading last week at grunt gallery. Dylan selected two texts to read aloud as a group: the introduction and first chapter of Maria Campbell’s Halfbreed and selections from Howard Adams’ Prison of Grass: Canada from the Native Point of View. Both centered on historical conflicts in the late-19th century between the Métis community and the Canadian government, with a focus on Louis Riel.

The excerpts were in response to Amanda’s show at grunt, which comprised three sets and a collection of dolls from her upcoming stop-motion animation, Four Faces of the Moon. The 12-minute short film will make its world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

More than 35 people were in attendance to listen, speak and learn about the Métis experience, history and culture. Bannock and tea was served to bring an atmosphere of visiting, a reference to Dylan’s ongoing series, The Elders Say We Don’t Visit Anymore. 

Intertextual: Art in Dialogue is a roving reading group held within various Vancouver galleries. The program aims to examine/critique and create/support a community based in text, recognizing the process of selection and concomitant erasure that occurs in any process of representation.

Dylan’s solo exhibition at Gallery Gachet runs through August 28. Click here for more about his practice.

This post was first published at the Burrard Marina Field House blog. Visit the site for updates on CAG artists-in-residence.

–Ines

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Intertextual: Art in Dialogue


Artist Talk: Isabel Nolan

Tuesday, July 26, 7pm

Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Room 301, South Building,
1399 Johnson Street, Granville Island

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Artist Talk | Isabel Nolan


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