Category Archives: Offsite Exhibitions

AMOUR FOU: Exposing the Messiness Love

by Shaina Dickson

Angela Washko (Her Longing Eyes) , Brendan Van Hek (Red Composition #1) and Pippilotti Rist (I'm not the Girl Who Misses Much)

Angela Washko (Her Longing Eyes) , Brendan Van Hek (Red Composition #1) and Pippilotti Rist (I’m not the Girl Who Misses Much)

The New Media Gallery in New Westminister opened its latest exhibition, AMOUR FOU, appropriately on Valentines Day. Ten featuring artists take on the daunting task of exposing what love truly is: raunchy, damaging, but something we always fall back to. From flashy video installations and large-scale projections to kinky neon works, this versatile exhibition gives the viewer a sensory overload; the gallery is overflowing with sound and light, which fill the space with the anxious energy that we often feel throughout our affairs with love. Despite the exhibit inhabiting nine individual pieces, I couldn’t help but perceive them as one large, interconnected piece. The lights and sounds emanating from each work overlap and interact with one another: layering and conversing, never allowing the viewer to isolate their experience with one piece. Continue reading

A Tight (But Still Creative) City

by Jason Smythe

Tight City

One of the Canada Line’s exit shelters is located at the intersection of Robson and Granville, and it is a rather mundane structure, with a look that can best be described as cookie-cutter modernist. I say this because it looks like something you could buy at Ikea. However, over the eons one thing has remained constant: using art to liven up even the most boring of structures. Thankfully, this most Ikea of exit shelters has received some art: the installation Tight City. Continue reading

TIME TO LET GO—A Lesson in Manners

by Kiel Torres

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When I think of terracotta, I think of strength: tiles of stability, roofs of protection, statues of preservation, and warriors of the afterlife. It can hold its own against the elements and withstand almost any form of manipulation, but it is weak in the face of gravity. Continue reading

Musings on the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Ai Wei Wei: According to What? Part 2

by Rachel Ozerkevich

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Ai Wei Wei’s practice has long extended beyond classical artistic media. While he does continue to work in photography, sculpture and film, his online presence via blogging, Facebook and Twitter has become a main vehicle for his musings and political beliefs. The internet has also become his primary means of communicating with the outside world from the confines of his Beijing studio where he currently resides. His eagerness to adopt social media as an art practice seems to have a marked effect on the aesthetic quality of his more recent work. Continue reading

Musings on the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Ai Wei Wei: According to What? Part 1

by Rachel Ozerkevich

Ai Wei Wei seems to be everywhere right now. Ironically, the Chinese artist is technically not allowed to leave China: his passport has been confiscated by the government as part of its latest endeavours to monitor and silence the controversial artist and his increasingly vocal political commentary. Continue reading

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

Culture Versus Culture

by Amie Beaton

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When my husband first suggested that we pack up our lives in Vancouver and move to France, I was full of excitement. I was thrilled with the idea of living in a place full of culture. Culture, however, is a word that has, for me, changed its meaning throughout the eight months that we have been here. Continue reading

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Tate’s Gallery of Lost Art

by Zoya Mirzaghitova

With the emergence of experimental and innovative ways to exhibit art, the internet has seen its fair share of exhibitions. Websites such as the Google Art Project, ARTstor, gallery websites and other blog or tumblr driven collections of images have filled the internet with opportunities to see works from all over the world. Although many would agree that an old fashioned visit to the gallery beats looking at an image on your screen, no matter the resolution. Despite the various new possibilities of the online medium, these collections have tried their best to stick to the traditional art-on-the-white-wall exhibition method. Online exhibits have yet to offer anything innovative—until now. Continue reading

Cathedrals, Factories and Plenty More Where That Came From

by Joanna Chaffin


If you’re reading this blog I bet you like to look at art, and probably read about it too. I can relate to that. As one of the editors of UBC’s Undergraduate Journal of Art History (UJAH), I’m reading about art all the time.

This year I’ve had the chance to work with author Marcus Jack. He wrote an essay called Cathedral/Factory about how the Tate Modern functions as both a cathedral and factory. What struck me as I continued to read his essay is how the entire act of going to a museum or gallery becomes a sort of religious, performative, or sacred experience. Continue reading

Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life

by Brandon Chow


Hotels aren’t often imagined in the foreground of transformative pop culture, but the Vancouver Art Gallery’s latest exhibit, Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life, paints the storied history of the hotel as the intersection for creative collaboration.   Continue reading