Now And Then features works from Roselina Hung, Ross Kelly, Ewan McNeil, David Marshall and Bettina Matzkuhn. Curated by Chris Keatley, the works of this exhibition explore multiple aspects of time in the past and the present. All participating artists have previously shown at Pendulum over the past decade.
To look back at the arc of one’s chosen path, to look ahead to journeys yet to unfold, to map the metaphorical, to embed memories and people in objects, to explore change; all of the work in this exhibition picks apart the the theme of time. Another further extension of this thread of time, each artist showcases a selection of older work alongside new works.
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This Thursday, Burrard Arts Foundation (108 East Broadway) is opening a summer group show of recent works by six Vancouver-based artists. Jeff Hallbauer, Zoe Hodgson, Eddy Hofbauer, Simone Jarvis, Ben Marvin and Jacobo Zambrano.
Burrard Arts Foundation will be presenting a group show of work by six Vancouver-based artists that address or innovate with colour by pouring, soaking, covering, washing, staining, inflating and negating. Recent works by Jeff Hallbauer, Eddy Hofbauer, Zoe Hodgson, Simone Jarvis, Ben Marvin and Jacobo Zambrano are paired with a semi-fictional rewriting of colour’s history as a way to reimagine it as a cultural symbol of economy, power, pleasure, memory and science. Using fiction’s idiosyncratic ability to offer alternative possibilities, the exhibition treats revisionist history as a rinse and colour as a flag with all the sanctioned trappings.
The exhibition Towards a Fictional History of Colour includes an installation about the role of fabric dye in cultural and family history, a large scale balloon installation by Ben Marvin borne out of research into Russian conceptual art, a layered, history-filled monochrome painting by Zoe Hodgson, paintings on ceramic and canvas by Jeff Hallbauer, a large scale recent painting by Eddy Hofbauer and a soaked painting by Simone Jarvis.
The exhibition text is a poetic re-telling of colour’s history in list form. Here’s an excerpt:
The show will run from June 25 – July 25, 2015.
How Do I Fit This Ghost Inside My Mouth
Vancouver Art Gallery
May 30 – September 7, 2015
Spanning the past 15 years of Geoffrey Farmer’s career, How Do I Fit this Ghost Inside My Mouth is an exhibition brimming with multiple pasts, presents and futures. The installations throughout the second floor of the Vancouver Art Gallery are brought to life by Farmer’s intricate understanding of colour, atmosphere and sound. Farmer melts time and converges histories.
Early on in Farmer’s tour of the exhibition with VIA, the artist paused to reflect aloud on what is a beginning, and what is an ending… and if there can ever even be an actual beginning or ending. These ponderous observations on time stream like a comet tail throughout each series of work in the exhibition.
Large monolithic black doors mark the entrance of the show. Entitled Sister Doors they serve as a nod to a beginning that Farmer’s sister is responsible for: his introduction to art making. When the artist was 21, she invited him to an art class that spawned a critical bolt of illumination. Farmer discovered his life’s calling and passion. The doors, in their replicative splendour, also pay aesthetic homage to a sculpture made by artist Louise Nevelson in 1962, this is also marks the year Farmer’s sister was born.
Crossing over the threshold into the central rotunda visitors enter into an even earlier beginning. Up for study, the creation of the building that currently houses the Vancouver Art Gallery. Farmer researched the history of this exhibition space first, its origins as the provincial courthouse building. It was in 1983, that the Vancouver Art Gallery repurposed the building to house its collection, offices and exhibitions. Farmer’s research led him to the architect responsible for the building, Sir Francis Mawson Rattenbury. Intrigued by the life that Rattenbury lead, Farmer dove into his somewhat dramatic and scandalous personal history, the results of which are theatrically displayed in front of the viewer. A painted vintage movie backdrop from Los Angeles lays the theatre-like scene for four sculptural figures representing the key players in Rattenbury’s demise and eventual murder. Provocations of the past, the further past and the present all collide into yet another beginning.
ROVE is a free, one-night event that designates a path for people to explore on foot, bike or by car what the Mount Pleasant art scene has to offer. This Friday, May 22nd, ROVE will include several coordinated openings at galleries, studios and creative spaces including grunt gallery, MAKE Gallery, LPY & GB Studios, Gene Studios, Kafka’s, Burrard Arts Foundation and FIELD Contemporary. The ROVE map (below) gives attendees a chance to explore a diverse range of work and meet the artists in person. To sweeten the deal, Brassneck and 33 Acres is offering drink specials for participants. The evening continues with an after party at the Projection Room (2321 Main Street above the Fox Cabaret) – drink specials here as well. Grab a group of friends and don’t forget to hashtag #ROVEyvr so we can collectively enjoy scrolling through the pictures in the morning.
Maps are available at any of the associated locations which allow guests to walk, cycle, or drive between destinations at their leisure. I caught up with artist and founder Jamie Smith (one of the coolest cats I know) to chat about ROVE and what makes Mount Pleasant so special.
Hey Jamie. Tell us a little about yourself. When did you start ROVE?
I am artist and I work out of my little studio in Mount Pleasant where I drink a lot of Earl Grey tea. My own paintings are inspired from my travels and I am interested in how we remember our past experiences. After a recent return to Vancouver from living abroad, I organized the first ROVE last year in May and this will be the fourth ROVE in Mount Pleasant.
Why did you start it?
I started ROVE to create a simple and engaging manner in which to spend an evening in East Vancouver with a focus on discovering unexplored local culture. I thought it best to build a fixed event with coordinated gallery and studio openings to draw out greater numbers of people who might not be as active in the art community. I included a group of galleries and created the ROVE map so people would use the whole evening to engage in the local art and craft beer scene. It is quite simple to hit all the galleries on the map in a couple hours and it seems to have quickly grown to become a tourist attraction in Vancouver for Vancouverites.
What excites you about Mount Pleasant’s art scene?
Mount Pleasant has a distinct neighbourhood feel and there are a number of galleries all in a walkable area. The art scene here is somewhat of a centralized pocket and with a little organization this can be used to bring more people out to enjoy the community. The galleries in this area showcase talented artists of diverse mediums, many of whom live in the area.
What do you think Vancouver’s artistic community could benefit from?
Vancouver’s art community could benefit from increased dialogue among artists. More mentorship between more experienced artists would help strengthen the community and keep artists committed to their craft while they seek financial sustainability in their careers. Also, the more events and art shows that bring different people into art spaces the better. The more people we can encourage to view art and buy art, the more value others will see in the arts. We need to foster young art collectors and educate people on the value of art and culture in Vancouver.
Mount Pleasant favourites: for a drink, a coffee, a meal, a party, an opening?
I feel very fortunate that many of my favourite places to have drinks and see art have all agreed to support ROVE.
For drinks, Brassneck is a great place for a beer and 33 Acres Brewing just got cider (which is my favourite in the city.) To see art, the galleries in the area like Burrard Arts Foundations, Field Contemporary and Grunt are all have monthly art openings and great exhibitons that are worth making the effort to get to and engage with; this consistent quality is so important in building an artistic culture. For my morning, afternoon and more afternoon teas, I love going to Gene and fortunately for my it is right under my painting studio. For a good party, all I have to do is head across the street to The Fox Cabaret and the newly opened Projection Room. A great place for interesting events and great drinks and dancing with friends.
Pretty much the eldest contemporary art gallery in Vancouver and one of the longest running galleries in Canada, Bau-Xi will be celebrating their 50th year in operation this May. The celebrations will include an exhibition of works from current artists as well as a specially curated exhibition that reflects on the gallery’s past.
The gallery was founded by Paul Huang in 1965, it has been gallery owned and operated ever since that time. The namesake of the gallery, pronounced phonetically as bow-she, translates to great gift or great fortune in Mandarin. At the time it opened, it truly was a great gift for artists living and working in Vancouver, for, although it is hard to imagine now, back in 1965 there was really only one other gallery that was exhibiting contemporary art. Bau-Xi continues to thrive today, with a robust roster of around 60 local and Canadian artists including: David Burdeny, Bobbie Burgers, Tom Burrows, Andre Petterson, and Virginia Mak.