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Keg de Souza’s Temporary Spaces, Edible Places Picnic

Burrard Marina Field House Studio

Keg's Inflatable at Burrard Marina Keg de Souza’s Inflatable at Burrard Marina

On Friday April 3rd Burrard Field House Studio resident Australian artist Keg de Souza hosted a picnic!

Her handmade inflatable dome became a temporary space at the Burrard Marina Field House for a discussion. Through meetings with local chefs, food activists and local residents over the past few weeks, de Souza prepared a truly ‘Canadian’ feast as the starting point for an afternoon of unfolding dialogue. Poutine, Kraft dinner, candied salmon, beavertails and bannock were just some of dishes served. Engaging Canadian colonial narratives via a consideration of Canadian food traditions, conversations were mapped directly onto the inflatable’s floor. A starting point for the discussion was the ephemerality of the event itself – the only remnants being an intertwining of disconnected dialogues alongside dirty dishes, crumbs and new questions posed.

This event was the first public happening by Burrard Marina Field House artist-in-resident…

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A recent trip to Belgium and Germany, starting in Genk at Manifesta 9 and ending in Kassel for Documenta 13.

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I’ve posted a few research images from my recent trip to Belgium and Germany, starting in Genk at Manifesta 9 and ending in Kassel for Documenta 13. The slide show represents a fraction of what I saw, but here are some highlights.
Jenifer Papararo
CAG Curator

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Catherine Soussloff on Benjamin and Monahan

Thanks to all who attended Catherine Soussloff’s engaging discussion last Tuesday. She brought together the theoretical concepts of  Walter Benjamin’s writings and thoughts in relation to Matthew Monahan’s work. It was a successful start to the many conversations the CAG will be hosting with cultural and critical producers  in the coming weeks for our “Feedback Series.”

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Please join us again next Tuesday May 15 at 7pm, for Anthropologist, curator and UBC professor Nicky Levell’s discussion entitled, “Art Through Anthropology.” She will be responding to Monahan’s work through the interdisciplinary folds of anthropology, theoretical museology, material culture and critical curatorial studies. Looking forward to seeing you then!

Karina Irvine

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Matthew Monahan opens tonight at the CAG

Matthew Monahan is interviewed for Life on Mars the Carnegie International in 2008. Matthew Monahan’s first Canadian solo exhibition opens at the Contemporary Art Gallery on Thursday April 26 and continues until July 1, 2012.

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Temporary Arrangement

Endless Renovation, Corin Sworn’s solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Gallery, incorporated a freshly cut floral bouquet which sat on the floor illuminated by an old school slide projector.   On five mirrored shelves were ten vases, spanning different decades from as early as 1880 to the late 1980s.   Once the flowers started wilting, almost weekly,  a vase was selected from one of the shelves and brought to the local florist, who was asked to design an arrangement according to the era of the vase. Here is a record.

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For images of the exhibition visit http://contemporaryartgallery.ca/#exhibitions

Thanks to Divine Vines http://www.divinevines.ca/



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Vibrantes: Offsite Participatory Project: Saturday Dec 3, 3 pm

Please join us on Saturday December 3rd at 3 pm at the CAG to launch the latest participatory offsite project expanding our current exhibition into the streets of Vancouver.

Federico Herrero’s vivid and dynamic new commission in the Contemporary Art Gallery’s façade, Vibrantes, is the inspiration point for our latest offsite project. Encapsulating the social nature of Herrero’s artistic practice, rooted in the display of work in the public realm, the project allows participants to generate their own compositions, blocking colour across the city’s buildings via a special program.

Through the screens of your smartphones, visitors will be able to view a potential and unfolding mural, occupying the digital space around the gallery and expanding into nearby streets. Users can then explore the surrounding area where they will be able to uncover series of coloured shapes with which to create virtual paintings in surprising locations.

Digital clusters of differing colours will shift and change dependent on the user’s position and viewpoint, allowing each person their own unique version of a mural in virtual space. Participants will be encouraged to compose and then share their digital paintings by taking screenshots and uploading these images to Twitter under the project hashtag: #CAGOFFSITE. All photographs will be credited and published on Contemporary Art Gallery affiliated media including this blog and the Facebook page, establishing an evolving community as we paint the town.

Get there at 3pm and be one of the first forty participants who will receive a coloured vinyl shape inspired by Herrero’s mural. With only one piece per person available, bring friends and family to create a cluster you can install on your walls at home.

http://www.contemporaryartgallery.ca.
Hours: Wed. – Sun. 12 – 6 pm. FREE ENTRY

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‘Cause Saturday night’s the night I like, Saturday night’s alright, alright, alright…for the CAG’s Annual Art Auction and Gala!

We wish to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to everyone for their generous support of the Contemporary Art Gallery’s 40th Anniversary Gala Dinner and Auction this past Saturday night at the new Rosewood Hotel Georgia.This was the 23rd edition of the event and in our 40th year we are exceptionally grateful for the overwhelming support from members, friends, supporters and artists, locally, nationally and internationally.  We had forty nine exceptional works this year and the nod to our founding year of 1971 created a fun evening that raised an amount in excess of $230,000 (the most the CAG has ever raised at any fundraising event to date) THANK YOU!

It was a fantastic evening full of great artwork, fabulously dressed guests, a blasting birthday guitar solo by artist Kevin Schmidt and birthday cake delivery and dance routine by sequin bedazzled artist Germaine Koh and the roller derby girls, the Faster Pussycats. Each lucky guest also received a beautiful handmade sculpture by artist Natalie Purchswitz as their take home gift. The evening directly supports the programme at the Contemporary Art Gallery as we grow in scope and ambition, and allows us to continue our crucial role, since 1971, as the longest standing free public art gallery dedicated exclusively to presenting contemporary visual art in Vancouver.

The CAG is honoured to continue this role and with Nigel Prince, our new Executive Director, we look forward to an expansion and diversification in our programming, striving to introduce new audiences, increasing accessibility and supporting visitors in their interaction with and interpretation of contemporary art.  With this unequivocally successful evening we can proudly move forward in presenting the very best in contemporary visual art from Vancouver, Canada and abroad.

Thank you again to the artists, guests, members, volunteers Board and staff who made this special evening a memorable and successful one. We can’t wait to see you next year at further events and benefits for the CAG.

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