With a practice rooted in performative interventions, our newest Burrard Marina Field House artist-in-residence Diane Borsato explores the effects of minimal gestures on larger social structures. Her work—which in the past has dipped into the varying fields of mycology, astronomy and beekeeping—surprises with an immediately established intimacy. A feat for her projects which typically take years to develop and execute.
She is currently focused on Ikebana, or Japanese flower arrangement, for an upcoming exhibition at the CAG in 2017. Diane has long held a fascination for Japanese aesthetics, and her interest in the ephemerality of flowers has early beginnings in her university job as a florist. As part of her research in Vancouver, Diane has been visiting with local practitioners and organizations, including the Vancouver Ikebana Association (VIA).
Hollis Ho, a teacher in the Sogetsu school of Ikebana, introduced Diane to some of her students and gave a preview of their work for an upcoming exhibition at the Nitobe Memorial Garden. The special two-day show will be the Sogetsu school’s first large-scale outdoor exhibition in Vancouver, and opens this Friday (July 29).
Diane also met with Kuniko Yamamoto, president of the VIA, and Judie Glick, a former head of the association. The VIA will participate in the 40th Annual Powell Street Festival this weekend with a display and twice-daily demonstration at the Vancouver Buddhist Temple.
Her next meeting was at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre. She toured the centre’s garden with director-curator Sherri Kajiwara and Nick Sueyoshi, of the Vancouver Japanese Gardeners Association. Diane had a chance to become familiar with plants native to the Northwest Coast, as well as some Japanese transplants. The climate this year has been particularly encouraging to a loquat tree (biwa), which produced fruit for the first time since it was planted—perhaps an auspicious sign for Diane’s work to come.
Continuing her research, Diane visited the Nitobe Memorial Garden with Naomi Sawada, a fellow student of Ikebana and manager of public programs and promotion for the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. A stroll through the quiet garden on a hot summer’s day was perfect for a conversation about the development of Diane’s project. Inazo Nitobe (1862-1933), for whom the garden was named, was a vital figure in bridging the culture of North America and Japan.
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.MORE
Intertextual: Art in Dialogue
Dylan AT Miner: Indigenous Aesthetics: Art, Activism and Autonomy
Grunt Gallery, #116–350 E 2nd Ave, Vancouver
Wednesday, August 3, 7pm
Join Dylan AT Miner a Wiisaakodewinini (Métis) artist, activist and scholar for a discussion of from his book, Indigenous Aesthetics: Art, Activism and Autonomy to be published in 2017.
This talk is presented as part of Intertextual; Art in Dialogue, a roving reading group that aims to examine/critique and create/ support a community based in text. In addition to the CAG
participating organizations include UBC Press, Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, grunt gallery, SFU Galleries, Vancouver Art Gallery, Museum of Anthropology, Western Front, Presentation
House Gallery, Access Gallery, Or Gallery, Charles H Scott, 221A Gallery, Bill Reid Gallery and VIVO Media Arts Centre. For more information about Intertextual: Art in Dialogue, please visit www.facebook.com/intertextualartindialogue
The Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) is searching for a Curator
The Contemporary Art Gallery is seeking to appoint a new Curator to take up post as soon as possible in 2017.
Working as part of the team, the Curator initiates, develops and implements gallery exhibitions, off-site projects, residencies and publications in consultation with the Executive Director. The Curator oversees all aspects of program delivery, exhibition coordination and preparation, installation planning, monitors certain budgets and contributes to development and public programming initiatives. The Curator represents CAG in the community to enhance the profile and reputation of the gallery. Evening and weekend work is required.
The successful applicant will be appointed within the salary band $42,000-$50,000/annum subject to qualifications and experience. This is a permanent full-time position (minimum 40 hours per week) that includes extended health and dental benefits after successful completion of a probation period. Successful applicants must be eligible to work in Canada.
The Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) is searching for an Operations Administrator (Part time)
The Contemporary Art Gallery is seeking to appoint a new Operations Administrator to take up post in 2017. The position is offered on a 3 days/ 24 hours per week basis.
Reporting to and providing administrative support for the Executive Director, the Operations Administrator is responsible for the efficient management of CAG’s operations in relation to office effectiveness, facilities management, Society administration and IT, to best support the organization’s mission and strategic goals.
This is a permanent part-time position, 3 days/ 24 hours per week. The successful applicant will be appointed pro rata within the salary band $40,000-$45,000/annum subject to qualifications and experience plus be eligible to receive extended health and dental benefits after successful completion of a probation period.MORE
Inside Out: Studio, Gallery, Street
Open call: Visual Art Summer Youth Intensive
Arts Umbrella, Contemporary Art Gallery and SFU collaboration
August 8 to 26, 2016
Inside Out: Studio, Gallery, Street is a three week visual arts intensive speci cally designed for youth between the age of 14 and 19 interested in developing their visual art practice.
It will provide a stimulating and challenging experience for young artists committed to experimentation and pushing the boundaries of their own art making in a supportive studio environment.
Youth will have the opportunity to work with leading artists, curators and educators in Vancouver as they explore and produce a range of contemporary art practices such as the context-speci c installation, large-scale collaborative sculptures and exhibition making. Participants will engage in critiques and discussions about developing ideas, working with materials and viewing works of art.
The program will culminate in a one-day exhibition at CAG.
Application Deadline: Monday, June 6, 2016 for accepting applications. Space is limited, please apply soon. The fee for the intensive is $480.00.
Application forms are available at http://www.artsumbrella.com/vasi
For more information about the program, please contact: Holly Schmidt, Assistant Curator at [email protected] contemporaryartgallery.caMORE