It’s not everyday I get really excited about painting. Exciting painting pops and pulsates and confuses me a little. Deirdre McAdams' canvases are painted and sprayed symbols of abstracted and approximate forms and ideas. Sometimes there’s a disagreement between forms existing on different planes or heavy lines delineating shadow beyond the scope of logic that collide with her astute nod to the ‘graffic’ aesthetic. This dissent on the surface of the picture makes for weird, mesmerizing and exciting works that are big enough to hold a wall and yet they demand your attention to come closer to view.
Her technique is sharp and speckled, formulaic and free form. The works trigger a moment of familiarity that dupes you into thinking you understand what you’re seeing, only to shift gears into that terrain of life territory that is simultaneously mutable and arbitrary. Not unlike a story of days, the works form, take a direction and roll out. Something happens along the way and it's best to pay attention as the journey holds the heart. With titles that point out that direction; Illustration, Stone Tablet (with detail), Puzzle Painting and Monologue, McAdams deftly tells a compellingly rich and strange story through histories of geometric abstraction and minimal painting.
Deirdre McAdams is a visual artist living and working in Vancouver, BC. She is a graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design (2008), and the Victoria College of Art (2003), where she studied painting.
9 October 2014 through 9 November 2014
Opening reception Thursday 9 October 2014, 6-9pm
Curated by Steven Tong
The Rize is a mixed media installation recounting 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 is an abstract rendering of the burnt out site, intercut with effected audio of the dialogue, evoking realities within the current state of affairs. A map of the area follows with further exploration.
Malcolm Levy is an artist and curator based in Vancouver, Canada. He is the Director of the New Forms Festival 2001 – present. His artistic practice focuses on abstract photography and video. 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.
4 September 2014 through 05 October 2014
Opening reception Thursday 4 September 2014, 6-9pm
Curated by Steven Tong
Julian Hou is an artist from Vancouver, BC. He holds a BFA from Simon
Fraser University and an M. Arch from the University of British
Columbia. He is currently a curatorial resident at 221A and has been
published recently in The Capilano Review, and the artist writing compilation Fantasy Art Now (2014). Ongoing musical collaborations include the art music project The Stick.
12 September 2013 through 13 October 2013
Opening reception Thursday 12 September 2013, 6-9pm
Curated by Steven Tong
photo-array, sculptures of disused materials, and objects, this
installation reprises and coalesces fragments of several projects made
between Sept. 12, 1996 up to the opening, Sept. 12, 2013.
The works are installed in a panorama of clusters, content spilling off
of each other to determine cross-referenced readings and inherent and
associated exoteric contexts. The photographs are from an ongoing body
of work titled untitled: photographs,
that attempts to engage critically in the representation of public and
private space, the tableaux of commercial enterprises acting as
ideological stage fronts, domestic settings, and the spaces of intimacy
found in-between both.
coming to oblique and evolving terms of what it means to be making
photographs here (and elsewhere) and the exploration of the
possibilities of visualizing the nature of ‘natural’, urban, semi-urban,
and sub-urban environment (and the totality of the constructs signified
in those terms). It is from an analytical position arrived at through a
subjective response to place; the city(ies), the specific
locations, and a certain dislocation from these sites, places in flux,
permutating, persisting, resisting or collapsing under pressures of
consumption/consumerism, regulated & unregulated development, crisis and contestation.
On October 25th, location/dis-location(s): contingent promises, a corresponding exhibition in this continuum follows at Grunt Gallery, and will run until Nov. 30, 2013.
CSA Space is an independent Canadian project space owned and operated by Christopher Brayshaw, Adam Harrison, Steffanie Ling and Steven Tong.
CSA exhibits innovative contemporary artworks of all kinds. Exhibitions are by invitation only and based on the curators' own aesthetic judgments. Some exhibitions are developed between an individual curator and an artist or artists; others involve the whole curatorial team.
CSA supports a vital, non-institutionally administered culture and occasionally organizes talks, lectures, and other public events. Under the imprint Editions CSA, the space occasionally publishes booklets, exhibition catalogs, monographs and artists' editions.
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