Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Bad Finger to Superfinger

While visiting Jeremy Borsos's Mayne Island studio in advance of his Immaculate Debris exhibition at Deluge Contemporary the artist showed me a picture he made (rephotographed) from four photographs he purchased online, after typing in the words "lens obstructions."

What unites these photographs, what makes their assembly a work of montage, is the four corner distribution of their "obstructions" -- what becomes, in effect, a super finger.

Immaculate Debris is up until July 16. Click here for my exhibition text. And here for one of my favourite rawk songs, ever!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Stairway to Seven

Yesterday Julian and I worked on "Caged Bag", an art song we are composing for the hell of it. After a couple hours we took lunch at Don't Argue, then to Dynamo, where artists Andrew Lee and Khan Lee (above) have mounted Ascending: Black, White, and Brown, an installation featuring electric organs (Farfisas, Galantis, Wurlitzers) that the two gathered ("free") from Craigslist and placed on a seven-step stage.

Once installed, the organs are plugged in and, as if to prompt the gallery-goer, objects are placed upon their keys. The result is a drone that begs to be broken, but like most of what passes for life these days, can only be augmented, diminished or suspended.

Here is Julian:

Another gallery patron below him:

And another at the foot of the stage, on the church organ:

Ascending is up until July 3.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

This Flight Tonight (1971)

One of the most powerful of the unchallenged subject positions took a hit this week. Not in Great Britain, not in the UK, but in England, home of the English.

Could I really believe what I was hearing on the radio as I was driving around town on errands: that the English could be so confused about who they are as to vote in favour of something they did not think would happen and are now signing petitions so that they can vote once again for what they really want in a political economic relationship?

As for Scotland, it is this country's residents, not England's, that should have (had) a bigger say at the dinner table of what we might soon be referring to as the FUK (Former United Kingdom).

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Strange Bedfellows?

A September 1, 2015 press release from Steven Galloway:

A June 23, 2016 tweet from Raziel Reid:

Friday, June 24, 2016

Art Hopping

Marina Roy's Your Kingdom to Command (2016) is the latest in the VAG's Offsite series. As with all the Offsite projects, you can find it at the foot of the Shangri-la Hotel, across the street from the PResUMpTive International Hotel & Tower.

From there to UBC's Belkin for the opening of the gallery's summer collection show. Below is a tempera-on-board painting that was recently accessioned -- Margaret Peterson's Diana of Ephesus (1967). Peterson was familiar with the work of Matisse and Picasso, but had she heard of Daphne Odjig?

Also at UBC was the debut of a recently-installed public artwork by Glenn Lewis -- Classical Toy Boat (1987).

(Hi Sylvain!)

And, finally, this from the beach below:

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sointula Co-operative Store

Mayne Island may have the oldest continuously operating hotel in B.C (The Springwater Lodge, est. 1892), but Sointula on Malcolm Island has the oldest co-operative.

On the side of the multi-service Sointula Co-operative Store is a mural that depicts the row boats used by the island's first Finns, who rowed there in 1901 from Nanaimo to escape the coal pits of Vancouver-based property developer Michael Audain's great great grandfather.

Below is a view from the residency studio at the Sointula Art Shed, a project started by Tyler Brett and Kerri Reid in 2013.