Monthly Archives: March 2011

Roy Arden Publication and Special Edition Launch

Come to the CAG this Saturday evening, March 19th, 6-7 pm, to celebrate the launch of Roy Arden’s artist publication, UNDERTHESUN. Produced as part of his solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Gallery, the publication documents the majority of the nearly one hundred works on view and was designed by Arden in collaboration with Mark Timmings.

The publication will be available at the CAG for FREE until the exhibition closes on Sunday March 27th. It will also be available at select locations throughout the city, such as Read Bookstore at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Langara College Library, the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia, the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch, and Vancity Theatre.

In addition to the publication, we are also launching Divine Love, 2011, a special edition black and white archival pigment print by Roy Arden. Measuring 15×20 inches, printed on rag paper and produced in a limited edition of 15 with 3 artist’s proofs, it is available for $300.

We hope to see you here on Saturday!

Roy Arden, Divine Love, 2011

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The CAG is going mobile!

Before we start telling the world at large, we’d like to share some news with our blog readers about a mobile project that we’re developing for 2011.

Starting in May, the CAG will be sending audiences out into the streets (and alleys) of Vancouver to experience several artist-designed tours through the city using mobile devices.

It seems timely to announce this today, after a visit from Jedd Horvath from Autobox Media (the fantastic web design and development company handling the design and realization of the project) to kick-off the first stages of the build.

Autobox are using LAYAR, a location-aware, augmented reality platform, which will allow the artists to create works that interact with the city environment & offer what we hope will be a truly unique experience for our audiences.

We’re excited to be presenting an art project that uses leading-edge interactive technology …and as Jedd says:  “Cool things happen when those things come together.”

The first artist in the program is Ron Tran – who currently has a solo show ‘It knows not what it is’ in the Charles H. Scott gallery at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver.

Watch this space for more updates on the project and to find out how you can participate!

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Looking Forward to Robert Orchardson

Despite recently arriving in Vancouver as the new Director, I was already back in the UK in February to install the exhibition Endless façade with artist Robert Orchardson. Orchardson was born in Dundee and now lives in London. Here’s an image of the first room at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. A version of this ambitious new installation comes to the CAG in November.

The exhibition partially revisits stage sets designed by Isamu Noguchi in 1955 for a Royal Shakespeare Company production of King Lear. His proposals aspired to an other-worldly feeling where abstract, mobile forms created a shifting landscape against which the play unfolded. However, the designs were met with damning criticism and regarded unsympathetic. For Orchardson, who appropriates various forms and reconfigures them as prototypes for ideas, the inherent modernist idealism and eventual redundancy of the designs become carriers for something beyond themselves. Here’s a preview of some more rooms with huge monochrome cement walls acting as backdrops for a series of prop-like forms.

As well as the exhibition we’re working on a catalogue in collaboration with Ikon, the first devoted entirely to the work of Robert Orchardson.

The nature of Orchardson’s work with its references to modernist architecture and theatre design, mean the occasion of his exhibition here will mark an appropriate moment to celebrate Abraham Rogatnick’s ongoing legacy of support for the CAG. We plan to host a number of events in honour of his memory.

More blogs from me soon.

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