Contains Animal Byproducts! Pet Food for the Brain, Curated by Daina Warren
Enjoy! (Did we mention that Aganetha Dyck will be in our upcoming LATERAL LEARNING exhibition-in-print curated by Paul Butler????)
Old Televisions and Super 8 Film Stock inspires Dave Dyment, CODE Screen 2010 Curator.
(Artwork at left by Iain Baxter). As a countdown to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, CODE Screen 2010 will animate your screen and captivate your imagination. By the end of the Games, CODE Screen 2010 will have showcased the work of more than 100 of Canada's finest creators, including recipients of the Governor General's Award for Visual and Media Arts.
Enjoy the works of artists including Alex Janvier, Michael Snow, Aganetha Dyck and Kenneth Lochhead in 14 exhibitions curated by Kate Armstrong, Dave Dyment, Donna Wawzonek, Nathalie deBlois, Milena Placentile and Daina Warren.
The best way to experience CODE Screen 2010 is to install the application putting you one click away from all the content. You'll receive an automatic prompt whenever a new exhibit is launched. Or come back to vancouver2010.com/code whenever you need an art break.
Catch Exhibition 6 to the end of November. Test Pattern curated by Dave Dyment featuring Governor General Award Winner Iain Baxter, with Collin Zipp, Kelly Mark, Janet Morton, Aaron Carpenter, Germaine Koh and Sara Angelucci.
VANTAGE ART PROJECTS supports Olio Festival and the arts events and showings around Vancouver. Check out the artists showing at each venue and "The Shoe Show" at Grace Gallery, 1898 Main Street. Opening party Friday, August 14th at 8pm.
[oh-lee-oh] -noun, plural olios.
Olio Festival is a not-for-profit Vancouver based cultural expose focused on bringing together taste-making music, comedy, design, art, and film to Vancouver, from across Canada, and around the world. As a reflection of the diversity of both the artists and the city, Olio festival moves through the neighborhoods of Vancouver creating exposure for businesses across the city.
When Jennifer Mawby turned on the television last winter she was horrified. She had been without cable since moving into her studio a couple years ago, and apparently life as she knew it was coming to an end thanks to an economic crisis of epic proportions.
Overwhelmed by the onslaught of doom in the media, Mawby quickly came up with three ideas under the banner of “recession proof thinking.” The first project, Stone Soup is based on the stone soup fable where travelers trick a town into pooling its food into a giant soup. Six artists will be working together to pool their talents into two shifting works of art.
“Rather than curating shows where you just go around collecting things from the inventory various artists have and coming up with some statement to how philosophically it fits together, I’m actually interested in something that’s a little more performative where the work is created within the gallery so it’s something new and special,” says Mawby. “It’s in keeping with this overwhelming concern about how the current economic crisis is being sold to us almost as a form of theatre through the media.”
Mawby guest curated the show with the Rachel Zottenberg, director of Grace-Gallery, and co-produced it with her Vantage Art Projects partner Sherri Kajiwara. Running for the eight months now Vantage functions like a film production house, to create opportunities for artists and bring together the people who make art with the people who love art.
Drawing on her background in project management and theatre/dance, Mawby is drawn to collaboration and community. She put forward the Stone Soup as a sort of challenge. A chicken and the egg proposal, Mawby first had to find a gallery to host the on-site project before she had artists.
“It was really interesting when we launched vantage we were treated by some people as being really radical…[We're] pushing the business model of the traditional art world, because I find some things incredibly antiquated and backwards.”
Her build-it-and-they-will-come pitch worked, and the right artists came to the table. Three artists—Lisa Birke, Weakhand, Christian Nicolay—will create a mural in the gallery, while the others— Sascha Yamashita, Christopher Donnelly, Rebecca Donald—will work on a sculpture. It turned out the muralists were all friends, and the three sculptors were partial to using everyday, domestic materials—the kind being affected by the economy.
Mawby feels by having the work re-worked and eventually torn down she sets up an interesting challenge for the artists—one that speaks to the solutions to our economic woes. She hopes to show the sum is more important than the whole, the impermanence of things and the notion that this too will pass.
“Just as this work will come into being, exist in a certain format and then pass on to be re-worked, we will get through this current economic crisis and we will have affluent years once again. These very, very rich layers became apparent as I put the concept together.”
And while Mawby compares most exhibitions to a sort of Wizard of Oz theatre, she’s excited to have the art-making process revealed.
“In some ways maybe revealing the process is about revealing the vulnerability—the human aspect, the everyday. If you reveal the process of art-making, it isn’t a mystery. It’s something that happens everyday.”
Margaux Williamson was born in Pittsburgh and has lived in Toronto since 2000. She has been recognized as one of Canada’s leading young painters by curators and critics including The Toronto Star which called her “one of the best painters of her generation.” Most recently, she exhibited a group of studies at LES Gallery in Vancouver. Her last solo show, Trophy Ghost, was exhibited at Fette’s Gallery in Los Angeles in 2008, and in 2007 she premiered The Girls show Dostoyevsky the new darkness at the Marvelli Gallery in New York. In 2008, she was highlighted in Canadian Art Magazine as a young artist to watch. In Fall 2008, her experimental art project and movie, Teenager Hamlet, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in their art section, Future Projections. The National Post helpfully wrote of the project, “Since the words ‘experimental feature’ can strike fear into most art viewers’ hearts, the watchability of this was indeed a pleasant surprise.” In early 2009, a video she compiled from videos of teenagers dancing in their basements, which she subsequently posted on YouTube, was called by the New York Times Magazine, “One of the best things to have seen on a screen in 2008.” She has worked with many other artists, including, most recently with the writer, Sheila Heti, on a story they worked on together for a McSweeny’s publication about a fictional town of Waterloo, based in reality, set in the future.