Category Archives: Interview

When was the Last Time You Visited an Art Gallery?

by Micaela Kwiatkowski

Micaela was on her feet around Vancouver, guerrilla-interviewing few Vancouverites to see how they felt about Contemporary Art.

jessJess, 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?

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The Sacred Objects: In Conversation with George Nuku


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

Interview with Noam Gonick


Noam Gonick at the Opening of Full Frontal in front of his work. Photo by Ash Tanasiychuk

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

Talk by Michael Turner, Stan Douglas and Tim Lee for NEWS! at the Satellite Gallery

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.

Interview with Marian Penner Bancroft

by Avalon Mott

Marian Penner Bancroft, Vancouver Art GallerySpiritlands: 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.

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Inside and Out: An Interview with Diane Espiritu

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.

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Interview with Mo Salemy

by Stella Hsu

Nature, Knowledge and the Knower

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.

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Interview with Brian Lye

by Jesse Birch

Jesse Birch = JB | Brian Lye = BL

JB: Training a Fool is Not a Joke was structurally and aesthetically based on Rodney Graham’s 1997 Vexation Island, but there were other influences as well. Can you talk about the different elements that informed the production?

BL: I had two major influences for this film that predated Vexation Island.

The first is my neighbourhood here in Kerrisdale. After living away from it for 12 years I am back living at the house where I grew up in the ’80s and ’90s. I see a lot of changes in the neighbourhood, and all are related to the rise in property values. A lot of people who have lived here for a long time are taking advantage of the market and selling their homes and making quite a bit of money. The general result of this is that the old houses are all being torn down. If you walk around every day you see changes happening frequently here. It is quite crazy. This house where we shot TAFINAJ is just a block away from my parents’ home where I’m living now. With this film I wanted to be able to preserve at least one of the homes in the neighbourhood, because when things go I find it is hard to remember them without imagery. It is a house that my friends and I used to skateboard in front of every lunch hour and evening when we were in high school.

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Interview with Andrea Pinheiro

Satellite Gallery has the pleasure of interviewing Andrea Pinheiro, one of the artists from our current exhibition Not Photographs and we would like to share her incredible approach to art with you.

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The Fair at the Waldrof Hotel

Western Front featuring Sylvain Sailly and Nicolas Sassoon at the Fair.

Satellite Gallery was at the Waldrof Hotel last Friday attending the Fair as a guest. People were buzzing with excitement about Vancouver’s very own international contemporary art fair before it opened on Thursday June 2nd. Founder and director Lucas Soi delivered a great event that freshen Vancouver’s art scene. We had the pleasure of asking the busy artist-curator a few questions about organizing the event and his future plans.

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