Nov 2 | Vancouver Art Gallery

The Vancouver Art Gallery is the perfect place to bring the kids on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Guided tours and art and craft stations will keep them creatively engaged. This week children responded to the Emily Carr & Landon Mackenzie exhibition through drawings and/or paintings at a work station set up on the fourth floor.


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Family Fuse Weekend will be held in the gallery this month Nov 29 – 30, 10am – 5 pm!


I was also able to catch a glimpse of the installation of Ai Weiwei’s work from the fourth floor of the gallery!

Unscrolled: Reframing Tradition in Chinese Contemporary Art-----Ai Weiwei
Reframing Tradition in Chinese Contemporary Art—–Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei will be part of the upcoming exhibition Unscrolled: Reframing Tradition in Chinese Contemporary Art. This exhibition creates an exciting dialogue with the current exhibition The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors, and features work by artists Chen Shaoxiong, Yun Feiji, Liu Jianhua, Jennifer Wen Ma, MadeIn Company, Qiu Shihua, Sun Xun, Xu Bing and Zhang Enli. The exhibition means to define tradition as an evolving concept and to examine its influence on visual culture in contemporary China. 

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Sonja Ratkay | Zine Launch!

During the book Vancouver Art Book Fair, I picked up the latest zine by  Vancouver based artist, Sonja Ratkay. The zine contains Ratkay’s abstract and empathetic illustrations:

Sonja Ratkay 2014


Sonja Ratkay 2014


Sonja Ratkay 2014


Sonja Ratkay 2014


The illustrations are so beautifully minimal and abstract. An eye unfolds into a machine and dreams deject the skull, and float off into the atmosphere.


Sonja Ratkay 2014


Sonja Ratkay 2014


Sonja Ratkay 2014


Sonja Ratkay 2014


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SAW IT: THE RIZE| Malcolm Levy | Curated by Steven Tong | CSA Space | Oct 9

Oct 9

I can hear chatter grow louder as I escalate the narrow staircase that leads me above Pulpfiction Books on Main Street. A crowd has gathered in the doorway of the exhibition room and are watching projected waves of muted colour transverse a screen at the end of the room. The waves seem to induce a trancelike state of tranquility even though they are an abstract rendering of the site where the construction site for the Rize was burnt down in 2009.

Exhibition runs October 9 – November 9

CSA Space, 2422 Main Street 

See Pulpfiction Books for admission during business hours.

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The Rize - Malcolm Levy

The Rize - Malcolm Levy

Steven Tong reading exhibition text — he says check out the Rize Oct 9 – Nov 9 at CSA Space!

The Rize - Malcolm Levy

Double Book Launch: Janet Rogers & Chris Bose| grunt gallery | Oct 9

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Tonight! Oct 9

Book launch at grunt gallery 7-9pm

116-350 East 2nd Ave, Vancouver

Writers Janet Rogers (Mohawk) and Chris Bose (N’laka’pamux) are releasing new poetry at the book launch this evening, where they will be reading excerpts from their books. Janet Rogers new collection of poetry is titled Peace in Duress, and she will be giving a spoken word performance at the event.

As quoted on the website (linked at the bottom of the event description):

“Poems drawing on the language of the earth and inflected with the
outspoken vocality of activism address the crises of modern land wars€“
environmental destruction, territorial disputes, and resource depletion.
This collection is confessional love, learned survival, ardent resistance,
and unique poetry that wants to be spoken (aloud). If poetry is medicine,
Peace in Duress is a cabinet full.”
– Talonbooks, publisher.

Artist and writer Chris Bose is presenting a collection of non-fiction poems in his latest A Moon Made of Copper.

As quoted on the website (linked at the bottom of the event description):

“The poems were written while touring across Canada, and they capture
Bose’€™s experiences meeting people, wandering different cities, and getting
into adventures and mis-adventures. This is Bose’€™s second book since Stone
the Crow.” -Kegedonce, publisher.

Publications will be available to purchase at the event and authors will be in attendance.

Chris Bose reading at Two Story Cafe in Prince Albert, September 2014

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The Rize | Malcolm Levy| CSA Space, Curated by Steven Tong | Oct 9

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THE RIZE – Malcolm Levy

Curated by Steven Tong

Exhibition Opening October 9, 6-9pm
Exhibition runs October 9 – November 9

CSA Space, 2422 Main Street 

See Pulpfiction Books for admission during business hours.

Website description:

‘The Rize’ is a mixed media installation recanting the conversation at City Council around the topic of arson at the Kingsway and Main Street location (an investigation which is currently unsolved). The video projected is an abstract rendering of the burnt out site, filmed on site after breaking through the makeshift fencing put up after the building was burnt down. The video is intercut with effected audio of the dialogue. An informational map of the area is being created in conjunction with further exploration of recent fires in the area, and the prices of real estate in the direct geographical area of Broadway and Kingsway.

Malcolm Levy is an artist and curator based in Vancouver, Canada. His artistic practice focuses on abstract photography and video. Recent exhibitions include Gallery 295 (Vancouver), Grim Museum, Supermarkt (Berlin), Nuit Blanche (Toronto), the FCMM (Montreal) and Next Wave (Melbourne). Currently he is finishing an MA in Media Studies at the New School, and teaches digital art and installation at the Centre for Digital Media. He was the Director of the New Forms Festival 2001 – 2014.

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CSA Space in Canadian Art Magazine:

Gunilla Klingberg | Exhibition Opening | Contemporary Art Gallery| Oct 9

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Oct 9

Gunilla Klingberg – Exhibition Opening, 7-10pm

Contemporary Art Gallery, 555 Nelson Street, Vancouer

Website description:

The Contemporary Art Gallery presents the first Canadian solo presentation of work by Swedish artist Gunilla Klingberg, two new interrelated large-scale commissions across the gallery façade and off-site, both challenging and exploiting the opportunities presented at each location.

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 SFU Philosophers Cafe series will be holding a discussion on the work of Gunilla Klingberg at the Contemporary Art Gallery November 1, 3-5pm . The talk will involve a guided tour of current exhibitions with CAG Director Nigel Prince and a discussion with Shaun Dacey who is a curator and manages learning and public programs at the gallery.

OSGEMEOS | Autumn Montecristo | Vol. 07, No. 03

The current issue of Montecristo features an article on artists OSGEMEOS, who were invited by the Vancouver Biennale to paint the concrete silos on Granville Island last summer. Please see the silos on Granville Island if you haven’t done so yet, they are incredible.

Montecristo - Osgemeos, 2014

Check it out| Oct 7

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Some interesting stories from the web:

Art as the persuasive voice in Hong Kong, as documented by the Washington Post:

Washington Post image description: “A combination photo of messages left by supporters outside Hong Kong’s government offices during ongoing protests of mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Hong Kong, in Admiralty, Hong Kong, China, Oct. 6, 2014. (EPA/DENNIS M. SABANGAN)” ( source: Washington Post website link above)

Thank you Past Tense Vancouver for reminding us about the time Mr. Peanut (Vincent Trasov) ran for mayor with William S Burroughs’ support! Mr. Peanut for mayor 2014!!!!

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An article for you this afternoon from the Washington Post on how to view art:

Taralee Guild | Artist Talk | Vancouver Art Gallery|Oct 7

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Tonight, Oct 7 

Taralee Guild artist talk at 7pm

Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street

Website description:

In Taralee Guild’s Nature’s Cathedral series, treed canopies from British Columbia’s rain forest become a metaphor for the sacred space and echo the euphoria of being in these surroundings.

Free to attend but space is limited. Advance registration only. or 604.662.4746

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Vancouver Art Book Fair| A selection of publications!

What did you find at the Vancouver Art Book Fair this weekend?

If you missed it, check out the publishers featured on the VA/BF webpage: