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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


Exhibitions from the Archives | Brian Jungen

As our second throwback this summer for Exhibitions from the Archives, we return to Brian Jungen’s exhibition, which took place both in the interior and on the exterior of the gallery from July 28 to September 23, 2001. Now a well-known artist and currently showing in the UK as part of the Liverpool Biennale, Brian… Read more »


Exhibitions from the Archives | Ruti Sela and Maayan Amir

Throughout summer 2018, the CAG blog will host a throwback series, Exhibitions from the Archives, exploring the gallery’s rich history. To kick it off we begin with Ruti Sela and Maayan Amir’s Beyond Guilt – The Trilogy, (2003-05), shown at the Contemporary Art Gallery from April 7 to June 5, 2011. The duo’s first solo… Read more »


Brent Wadden Pulls the Wool over Our Eyes and Calls it Paint

Brent Wadden’s work is often met with confusion when it’s described as painting. The Nova Scotian artist’s loom-woven works are sewn, threaded and mounted onto a frame, looking more like a multi-coloured canvas than a painted surface. In much of the writing on Wadden’s work, the use of painterly terminology is common and expected by… Read more »


Edition | Liz Magor

Liz Magor Smokey (2008) Polymerized gypsum Unlimited edition, unsigned $1,000 Currently available for purchase at the CAG is Liz Magor’s small and humorous sculpture Smokey. The edition was published by the CAG for its 20th Annual Gala Dinner and Art Auction (October, 4, 2008). Smokey reflects Magor’s overarching practice involving uncanny casts of recognizable, everyday… Read more »


Publication Review | Ken Lum

A dark, navy blue circle lies on the glossy softcover exhibition catalogue Ken Lum, which documents the 2001 exhibition Ken Lum presented at the CAG. With coloured photographs, essays by Michael Turner and Keith Wallace describe and interpret the works that were shown at the time: Seven adjustable-type business signs created from 2000-2001. As well… Read more »


Resource Room videos

The CAG Book Shop, located in the gallery lobby, is filled with various publications and editions which accompany past and present CAG exhibitions. Half of the space has been reserved as a Resource Room containing various reference materials (binders, note cards, and videos) that provide context for the artists who are in the current exhibitions… Read more »


Derya Akay | Shabbat Dinner at the Jewish Museum

When I arrive at the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC in the late afternoon, there are already two sesame spinkled, gleaming loaves of challah ready and the kitchen smells of roasting chicken and fragrant rice with a pop of lemon. Sara Ciacci, Leonor Etkin, Claire Hammer, Debbie Kafka and artist Derya Akay have been… Read more »


Derya Akay | Cooking with Maria Dyulgerova and Biliana Velkova

“Two eggs or three?” There’s a bit of debate amongst three generations of women as preparation of the banitza begins. A mixture of leeks, yogurt, feta cheese and eggs is combined and spread onto buttered sheets of filo pastry then rolled tightly like a cigar. Guests take turns rolling the filo—a delicate task that requires… Read more »


Meet Brianna | School Programs Intern

Hi! My name is Brianna Anderson and I am the current School Programs Intern at CAG this fall.  Thus far I have been researching Andrew Dadson’s work from the current exhibition Site For Still Life, to create an elementary school program for the show. In addition and to engage with the public, CAG offers Family Days on… Read more »


Derya Akay | Cooking with Hayat Shabo and Carmen Aldakhlallah

-For tabbouleh: -Not too much bulgur and keep it uncooked. Let it sit with the tomatoes and absorb their juices. -When you cut parsley, cut it very finely but only cut it once. I’m mentally noting all of the tips and tricks that Hayat Shabo and Carmen Aldakhlallah are sharing with us on a rainy… Read more »


Derya Akay | Cooking with Mohinder Sidhu

On one of the south walls of Moberly Arts Centre, fittingly only a few feet away from the entrance to the kitchen, hangs a portrait of Mohinder Sidhu. Turned towards the camera, her right arm is cut off by the edges of the frame but it is not hard to imagine the stove, the pot… Read more »