by Ellie Chung
Last Thursday night, I rushed to Make studio, located on east 7th avenue where a Vancouver based illustrator from Kazakhstan, Ola Volo’s solo show opening was taking place. Ola Volo is well known for her distinctive artistic style: flattened, highly intricate and decorative images of figures, architecture, domestic commodities, flora and fauna with a variety of elaborate patterns. When I arrived, it was ten minutes to the end of the event. However the atmosphere there was far from closing.
Tonight Satellite Gallery became part of a building-wide art party at Five Sixty. The two floor space was transformed into a maze of contemporary art, and every room (plus the alley, where Scott Sueme and a friend were spray-painting) was filled with exhibitions from artists working with diverse themes and wildly different work. From Gordon Payne’s “cubo-futurist-surrealist” paintings to florist and up-and-coming artist Thomas Hobbs’ digitally manipulated, found paint-by-number figures, MIX really had something for everyone. On the ground floor a man approached me and asked where the gallery was. For once I had nothing to say except, “Uh, everywhere!”
Posted in Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Opening Receptions, Photo Essay
Tagged Blanket, Commerical Galleries, Events, Five Sixty, Graffiti Art, Installations, MIX, Opening, Performance Art, Scott Sueme, Shawn Hunt
Last night, after a long week of take down and set up, we finally had the pleasure of seeing Andrea Pinheiro & Damian Moppett’s works for the opening reception of Not Photographs. We’ll be taking an in-depth look at the show next week, with a review by one of our contributors and interviews with the artists.
For now, here are some photographs from last night’s exciting opening reception.
I started my internship at the Satellite Gallery just a week after Peter Morin’s Museum took up residence in the gallery space. I saw the show change, performance after performance, evolving even after the closing ceremony this past Wednesday, June 29th.
Window Display of 4 Intersections / Photo: Ben Lee
Since Satellite Gallery opened its door in late September 2010, a series of events took place to celebrate the birth of this new experimental space. We joined our neighbor, Blanket Gallery, for an opening reception with Instant Coffee’s Light Bar installation on September 29th. The artist collective hosted a successful event that helped introduce us to the public and our grand opening followed on the evening of October 23rd with a performance by Petroglyphs.
Recognizing the importance of experimental art in the history of Vancouver, we had the honor of co-hosting Flakey: The Early Works of Glenn Lewis with the Presentation House Gallery as our inaugurating exhibition. Two of Lewis’ early works, Room Divided and 4 Intersections, were featured in our gallery on separate occassions. Room Divided (1969) was an installation exhibited from September 29th to October 17th and 4 Intersections (1970), a video installation, was shown in a complete state for the first time from October 21st to November 7th. We also hosted our first book launch event on the evening of October 26th with Lewis performing his 16 mm film Forest Industry.
Instant Coffee’s Light Bar Photo: Sherry Lu
Room Divided Photo: Sherry Lu
4 Intersections Photo: Ben Lee
For more information on Flakey: The Early Works of Glenn Lewis, please visit the Presentation House Gallery website