Monthly Archives: May 2010

Hot topic: Canadian artist-run culture

An audience at the Or Gallery, Vancouver on Thursday May 20, 2010

Quite coincidentally, last week, whilst mining the archive podcasts from Bad at Sports (A Chicago-based art blog/podcast) I happened on an episode dedicated to contemporary Canadian artist-run centres – before being asked to photo-document a presentation by three German curators currently participating in a research trip examining artist-run culture in Canada.

In the BAS episode, Duncan MacKenzie, an Albertan native living and working in Chicago, re-visits Calgary to find out what has changed for artists and artist-run centres since he left in the 90’s. He speaks to M.N. Hutchinson, Emily Barnett & Bart Habermiller about subjects including how current curatorial practices, funding, and real estate price-hikes are factoring on the culture. (Episode 160)

On the other hand, curators Anja Casser, Janneke de Vries and Dr. Martina Weinhart bring their perspective from Germany, home to the unique ‘Kunstverein’ institutions. They joined Jonathan Middleton and Jenifer Papararo at the Or Gallery on Thursday night, for a discussion on the particularities of the German and Canadian systems.

Jonathan Middleton, Dr. Martina Weinhart, Anja Casser, Janneke de Vries & Jenifer Papararo

Represented during the evening were the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Badischer Kunstverein, GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Or Gallery and the CAG (which also has it’s own history as an ARC).

The conversation was opened up to the audience throughout the evening, whose participation encouraged the panel to draw both distinctions and parallels between the various institutions.

Were you there? Please feel free to contribute to this post by adding your comments!

-Hannah Hughes

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Last weekend for Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun…

Please join us at the CAG for the last weekend of Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun,  Neo-Native Drawings and Other Works. 

As a fitting ‘grand’ finish to this highly successful exhibition 2 of our Guided Visit Leader Volunteers will conduct a highly informative and well researched  guided visit of the exhibition on Sunday May 16 at 3 pm. 

We would love to see you there !  

Our regularly scheduled guided visits are free and open to all !

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cool for school: Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, the young and the curious

How to explain the large numbers of guided visits for Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun’s exhibition? In total twelve different school groups attended alongside our usual free guided tours at the beginning and end of each exhibition: A personal best for the CAG in 2010. The answer is solidly in the work. People seem generally drawn to the hidden and unknown aspects of First Nations art. With his own “Neo-Native” style Lawrence Paul sends this curiosity into the contemporary, urban, political and onwards to the immensely compelling. For the first time in his exhibition history the CAG was able to assemble graphic works that typically originate as studies for his large-scale paintings. The end result — a steady stream of curious onlookers. With so much to learn school groups of all ages were eager to find out the clues of his work and specifically the conditions that led him away from sculpture and into the focus of more western traditions of printmaking and drawing. There they found the rewarding mixture of cartoon imagery and surrealism that is so consistent in his three decade plus career against the backdrop of cultural upheaval so prevalent in his work.

– Jerry Allen, Education Programmer

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John C. Welchman, Paul McCarthy, Pirates and Fillip all in one night.

the scene !

Last Wednesday night, the Contemporary Art Gallery and Fillip co-hosted a lecture by John C. Welchman and the launch of Fillip No. 11  at
GreyChurch, 3092 Fraser Street, Vancouver. The talk and launch were very well attended and turned out to be a great evening ! please see below some great pic’s of the event.

A big thank you firstly to John Welchman, and to Ross Hill and Jane Irwin for the use of their studio and project space, Jeff, Amy and Jordan from Fillip and Jillian and Hannah for being fantastic volunteers !

– Jill Henderson
– photographs: Hannah Hughes

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