Something strange has appeared on West Broadway. Sandwiched between the hole-in-the-wall eateries and outdoor apparel shops is a storefront filled with, not Gore-tex or vietnamese subs, but alluring and ambiguous forms. The space is called FIELD Contemporary; the art is by Vanessa Brown and Deirdre McAdams.
Though West Broadway is an unusual locale for a contemporary art gallery, director Daniel Jefferies assures me that the choice was intentional, not just made out of necessity. (The fact that the space is beautiful — compact but roomy and full of light, as a gallery ought to be — is a bonus.) “I’ve wanted to be a little more independent from what was happening here already, hence the location. This is not your typical standalone gallery that you would find in Vancouver, but everyone has been super supportive.”
“My feeling is that it’s not about saying, ‘we’re going to make something new that Vancouver doesn’t have,’ it’s more about contributing to the diversity of the venues that people can show in,” adds Brown. We are sitting on the floor and drinking kalimoxto, gathered around my recording device like we’re at a campfire. Between everyone involved, there is an obvious closeness: this is perhaps the clearest indicator that FIELD is already accomplishing what it has set out to do.