by Micaela Kwiatkowski
Micaela was on her feet around Vancouver, guerrilla-interviewing few Vancouverites to see how they felt about Contemporary Art.
Jess, Psychology student
When was the last time you visited an art gallery?
I was at the MoMA and the Guggenheim a few months ago during my trip to New York.
What do you think contemporary art is?
Oh awkward, I don’t really know. Colourful?! Continue reading
As we are preparing for LAB, our experimental summer tour program, in conjunction with Paradise Lost? Contemporary Works from the Pacific, we met with artist George Nuku in his workshop at the Museum of Anthropology to discuss his plans for an intervention in the Great Hall. Here’s an excerpt from our conversation with the artist. Continue reading
Posted in Interview, MOA, Offsite Exhibitions, Photo Essay
Tagged Carol Mayer, from the Pacific, George Nuku, Karen Benbassat Ali, Lab, Paradise Lost? Contemporary Works, Sacred Objects, The Great Hall, UBC Museum of Anthropology
Noam Gonick answers questions by Full Frontal curator Katie Schroeder about his work No Safe Words, 2009.
What is the artwork intended to convey?
I filmed the water boarding scenes with the UBC Thunderbirds upon a request to make a piece about LGBT rights and the abuse of those rights by Middle Eastern regimes. I’m not really into “queer washing”, where Western liberal attitudes towards gays are used as a cover for state aggression, so I wanted to invert the curatorial request and look at the queer aspects of the abuse of prisoners from the War on Terror. The piece was commissioned for Toronto’s Gay Pride to broadcast on a series of JumboTrons, so I was thinking of high-impact visuals – the type of imagery that usually appears on those screens. I wanted to rattle the million strong Pride march and share with them my suspicion that the torture in places like Abu Ghraib implicates us in an uncomfortably erotic way. Continue reading
Notable Vancouver visual artists Stan Douglas and Tim Lee spoke about different approaches to working with historical photographs, films and audio-visual materials. Both artists often work with material culture from the past, investing it with new meanings. They provided insights into their research processes and ideas about media histories. Michael Turner acted as an interlocutor in the discussion; drawing on his extensive knowledge of the cultural life of this city.
This talk took place at the Satellite Gallery on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
by Avalon Mott
Spiritlands: t/HERE: Marian Penner Bancroft Selected Photo Works 1975-2000 at the Vancouver Art Gallery
Marian Penner Bancroft is a photographer. Anyone who has even a little knowledge about the Vancouver Photo Conceptualist movement beginning in the 1980s, or is a student at Emily Carr University, knows this. What I didn’t know is how expansive and yet meticulously constructed Bancroft’s practice is. Walking up to the second floor of the Vancouver Art Gallery to view her retrospective Spiritlands: t/HERE: Marian Penner Bancroft Selected Photo Works 1975-2000, I was unsure of what to expect. I have had the privilege to call Marian Penner Bancroft a professor, and so I come to her work wanting validation for the criticism she posed to me about my own photographs. What I witnessed surpassed this desire. Not only is the care and consideration for the photographic medium and respect for traditional printing methods demonstrated through out Spiritlands: t/HERE, but Bancroft’s voice as an artist is clearly articulated. Her work is engaging and thought provoking while being visually pleasing. The perfect trifecta.
by Debbie Cheung
Diane Espiritu is Satellite Gallery’s resident artist at Inside and Out, an interactive drawing event on June 9th as part of this year’s Vancouver Draw Down. We visited her newly renovated studio in Chinatown and got a behind the scenes look at her work.
by Stella Hsu
How does the title Nature, Knowledge and the Knower correlate with the exhibition and, more specifically, with history? What do you mean by the term the knower?
In their coauthored book, Objectivity, Lorraine Datson and Peter Galison establish a relationship between nature and knowledge that is mediated by the artist and/or the scientist as the knower. The knower is the one who sees and ultimately knows nature and whose abilities are measured by what s/he already knows. Through these acts, the knower not only arrives at knowing but contributes to new ways of seeing and knowing. These new conditions, as they put it, should not only be seen as obstacles to objectivity or truth but as their very condition. It is in the figure of the knower that the objective world and the subjective opinion about that world find a two-way mediation.
Posted in Interview, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
Tagged American Museum of Natural History, Archive, Carl Akeley, dioramas, James L. Clark, Lorraine Datson, Mo Salemy, Objectivity, Peter Galison, Stella Hsu, UBC Critical and Curatorial Studies Program