Tag Archives: Contemporary Art Gallery

Visual Reconstruction of Ideology and Freedom: Only A Free Individual Can Create A Free Society by Grace Schwindt

by Shaina Marie

Grace Schwindt, untitled, 2014 Silk

Grace Schwindt, untitled  (2014)

I stepped into the Contemporary Art Gallery and peered through hundreds of ceiling-to-floor silk ribbons that partitioned the gallery space, separating the cinematic and sculptural components of the exhibition. On one half, you are confronted with a feature-length film installation, Only A Free Individual Can Create A Free Society (2014), in which artist Grace Schwindt reflects on her childhood in leftist Germany by interviewing a leftwing activist shaped by 1960s and ’70s politics. Alongside the film installation stands a sculptural piece created from salt crystals, bronze and ceramic, reminiscent of images within the film.  Continue reading


Downtown Gallery Tour and More… Mail Art!

by Ellie Chung

Mail Art Response to Satellite Gallery's MAINSTREETERS Exhibition

Mail Art Response to Satellite Gallery’s MAINSTREETERS Exhibition

Every once in a while, three galleries in Vancouver’s downtown, Audain Gallery, SFU, Satellite Gallery and Contemporary Art Gallery host a series of afternoon guided tour.  Today, we met at Audain Gallery at 1 pm for a tour of Geometry of Knowing Part 2 led by curator Amy Kazymerchyk, 2 pm at Satellite Gallery for a tour of Mainstreeters: Taking Advantage, 1972–1982 led by curators Allison Collins and Michael Turner, and 3pm at Contemporary Art Gallery for a tour of exhibitions by Grace Schwindt and Krista Belle Stewart led by CAG Director, Nigel Prince.

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20 Questions Series: Germaine Koh

What is this, 20 questions?

We caught Germaine Koh at her studio in Elm Park to ask her a few questions, well, 20 to be exact. This is the inaugural video of a new series by Satellite Gallery: 20 Questions! Continue reading

Life and Death/ Light and Depth: The Pictures of Erin Shirreff

by Jason Smythe Erin Shariff

Having never heard of Erin Shirreff, I had absolutely no idea what I was getting into when I entered the Contemporary Art Gallery. Yes, I realize I could have gone onto Google and done some basic research beforehand, but I do not get paid to write these articles, so it is what it is. At at the same time, the internet and Google have made it almost impossible for many of us to be genuinely surprised by things anymore, so perhaps not getting paid to write this article was actually a blessing in disguise. ‘Pictures’ is a brilliant and poignant exhibit, and it achieves this by challenging our perceptions of not only life and death, but of light and depth as well. Continue reading

Boot Camp: GO8 2013

by Irene Lin

group shot

It started on Monday and went till Friday. According to my calculations, the program lasted five days. My math is correct, right? Then why is it that I feel as if I’ve just survived a month-long boot camp? In the greatest way possible, GO8 will exhaust your soul along with your soles. I think I got more exercise last week than I have in the last year, and simultaneously I also think I’ve eaten more doughnuts last week than I have in my entire life. I’m not promising that if you join GO8 next year you will consume your body weight in fried dough, but that’s more or less what happened for me.
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Sometimes I Stop to Smell the Roses

by Jason Smythe

Push FestivalPhoto by Tim Matheson

I hate clichés, and the one about “stopping to smell the roses” is particularly annoying. But behind every annoying cliché is a kernel of truth, and it wasn’t until I experienced the Sometimes I Think I Can See You exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery that I realized this, for the exhibit (which is happening at multiple venues across the city) proves that there is brilliance and art all around us—we just need to take the time to have a look around every now and then.

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Glass and Glitter: Matthew Monahan at the Contemporary Art Gallery

by Jen Huang

Matthew Monahan, Installation View, Contemporary Art Gallery, photo: Scott MasseyMatthew Monahan,  Installation view, (2012), Contemporary Art Gallery, photo: Scott Massey (http://www.contemporaryartgallery.ca/#exhibitions)

Matthew Monahan’s solo show at the Contemporary Art Gallery is an accumulation of his past eight years of work. Upon entering one of the galleries, I approached  Datong (2005-2007): a large, rough, wooden figure covered by a glass sheet. Its facial features and use of glitter are an example of Monahan’s attempt at taking an abstract concept and “gradually layering it with skins, stuffing it with organs, [and] sprinkling magic powders on it to make it come alive.” It can be assumed that in Monahan’s art the “magic powders” at work are the occasional appearance of glitter: the magic powder giving life. Matthew Monahan’s works feel like a balancing act between two mediums, with the incorporation of image into sculpture-like forms. Surrounding Datong (2005-2007) are pieces made with materials such as polyurethane foam, glass, and bronze. Pairing materials seen as “constantly permeable” with hardened surfaces like glass was an effort, Monahan explains, of exploring the reversal from figuration, abstraction, and conceptualism within the walls of an exhibition.

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