Thursday, March 12, 2020


12 March 2020 through 30 April 2020
Opening reception for the artists Thursday 12 March 2020, 6-9pm

Guest curated by Dan Starling

Jelena is an optimistic university student who spends a lot of time in coffee shops, dividing her time between serving customers and working on writing her first novel. After being offered a magic flute that has the power to turn sorrow into joy, she is at first hesitant to accept the gift and the responsibility that comes with it. But after she finds her grandmother Denise missing and a mysterious messenger delivers a note to her that uncovers the truth behind a historical assassination, the flute becomes indispensable in outwitting a group of conspirators including Humpty Dumpty and Canadian billionaire Chip Wilson whose aim is to keep the world ignorant of the truth. Will Jelena find her grandmother and save the world, or is the whole thing just deep fake news story?

The idea for the exhibition is to generate a sequence of works by different artists that builds a narrative in their accumulation. The works were selected sequentially following the "monomyth"; the description given by Joseph Campbell of a narrative sequence in his book The Hero With a Thousand Faces that determines the plot points common among stories. The structure is so pervasive that it saturates our popular entertainment. The "stages" are, in simplified form:

Artist 1. Stephen Waddell


Artist 2 - Claire Geddes Bailey

Stage 2. DISRUPTION also known as the “CALL TO ADVENTURE”

Artist 3 - Luke Parnell

Stage 3. QUESTIONING also known as the “REFUSAL OF THE CALL”

Artist 4 - Rosamunde Bordo

Stage 4. DECISION (to act or not) can be encouraged to act by a “MEETING WITH THE MENTOR”

Artist 5 - Tom Richardson


Artist 6 - Michael Lachman

Stage 6. HELP OR TESTS FROM ALLIES OR ENEMIES, whom they meet on their journey.

Artist 7 - Marina Roy

Stage 7. QUESTIONING THE CONSEQUENCES (of the decision, “Can I go back to the old life?”)

Artist 8 - Rowan Melling


Artist 9 - Diyan Achjadi

Stage 9. REWARD (new knowledge)

Artist 10 - Stephanie Gagne

Stage 10. ROAD BACK

Artist 11 - Shelley Rothenburger


Artist 12 - Liljana Mead Martin


Stephen Waddell received his MFA from the University of British Columbia in 1994, and has exhibited in galleries and institutions including Monte Clark Gallery, the Vancouver Art Gallery, Espai d’art contemporani de Castelló in Castello, Spain, Kunstforum Baloise in Basel, Switzerland, the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver, and C/O in Berlin. Waddell’s works are included in the permanent collections of the Armand Hammer Collection in Los Angeles, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Canada, and numerous others. Waddell’s most recent books include Dark Matter Atlas (2017) published by Distanz and Hunt and Gather (2011) published by Steidl. In 2019, Waddell won the Scotiabank Photography Award. The artist lives and works in Vancouver, B.C. Canada.

Claire Geddes Bailey makes videos, structures, sounds, cakes, and texts. Dwelling on the narrative qualities of materials, words, symbols, and spaces, her work often addresses legibility. She sees a parallel between surfaces of objects and the texture of language. Claire holds a BA in English literature and visual art from UBC. She lives and works as an uninvited guest on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations.

Luke Parnell is Wilp Laxgiik Nisga’a (House of Eagles) from Gingolx on his mother’s side and Haida from Massett on his father’s side.  His artistic training is both traditional and classical - he apprenticed with a Master Northwest Coast Indigenous carver and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from OCAD University and a Masters of Applied Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. His medium is predominantly wood, however his materiality is determined on a project by project basis. Northwest coast Indigenous art is the basis of his practice and praxis, centering on narrative, specifically transformation narratives.

Rosamunde Bordo is an interdisciplinary artist invested in exploring narrative possibilities through collections of objects and images, appropriated/ready-made texts, and a practice of creative writing. She is currently an MFA candidate in visual art at the University of British Columbia. For her thesis she is working on an ongoing project called The Denise File which is an investigation of a woman known to the artist through a collection of postcards. Within this sprawling multidisciplinary project, she explores love and desire, the role of mediation, and the construction and conflation of factual and fictional narratives. She is also cofounder of everydaystollen, an experimental podcast series. She is currently based on the traditional unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, known as Vancouver, B.C.

Tom Richardson’s practice explores intersecting themes in art history, narrative, music, and politics. His work has found itself in various forms ranging from exuberant multi-channel installation, single channel video, sculptural assemblage, drawing and painting. Richardson was a cofounding member and organizer of Duplex, an artist run gallery and studio facility in Vancouver. Richardson’s work has been exhibited and screened internationally, recent solo exhibitions include Big Industrial Zoetrope, VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver (2018), Rehearsal for a Synthetic Theatre, Field Contemporary, Vancouver (2017), The Bureau of True Vision, Spare Room, Vancouver (2016).

Michael Lachman is an artist based in Vancouver, BC. His works take the form of sculptural installation, video, drawing and printmaking. He explores the mythos constructed through storytelling and questions the authority of the storyteller. He is particularly drawn to stories of duplicity and the unreliable narrative, which materialize through projects that are both investigatory and fictional, and at times draw from the esoteric and speculative.

Marina Roy is a Vancouver-based artist and writer, and associate professor in Visual Art at the University of British Columbia. She works across a variety of media — drawing, painting, sculpture, video, and animation. Her artwork investigates the grotesque at the intersection of language, image, and materiality; and her research interests include ecology, post humanism, and biopolitics. In 2001 she published Sign After the X (Arsenal/Artspeak); her newest book Queuejumping (Information Office) will come out in October 2020. In 2010 she was recipient of the VIVA art award.

Rowan Melling's research-based practice is rooted in and informed by literature and philosophy. Recently, he has started oil painting as a way to critique the multiplying culture of corporate self-actualization and self-branding. Motivated by his alienation and a desire for something less bad, Melling seeks alternatives to the entrepreneurial-self in his work. Melling has studied at the University of British Columbia.

Diyan Achjadi's practice in drawing, printmaking and animation considers surface ornamentation, historical prints, and illustrations as pictorial archives, and the potential of these forms as sites for knowledge transmission. She has exhibited widely at galleries and film festivals across Canada and internationally. Recent projects include Coming Soon!, a year-long commission for the City of Vancouver Public Art Program, and NonSerie (In Commute), part of How far do you travel?, a year-long exhibition on the exterior of public buses, commissioned by the Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) in partnership with Translink BC. Diyan received a BFA from the Cooper Union (New York, NY) and an MFA from Concordia University (Montreal, QC), and is an Associate Professor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver.

Stephanie Gagne is a Vancouver-based artist. She received a bachelor of fine arts degree in visual arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and a master of fine arts degree in interdisciplinary studies from Simon Fraser University. Her interests include popular culture, sexuality, neighbourhoods and childhood nostalgia. Stephanie's interdisciplinary projects involve sculpture, photography, drawing, and video.

Shelley Rothenburger was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario and now resides in Richmond, B.C.  She began formal studies in art in 1989 at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Fine Art in 1995 majoring in Painting. She continued her art education in 1997 upon entering Graduate School at the University of Alberta in Edmonton and completed her formal studies with a Master of Fine Art degree in painting in 2000. She has had multiple solo, juried and group exhibitions nationwide, most noted being a juried exhibition at the Art Gallery on Ontario in Toronto in 1996 and a solo exhibition at the Nickel Museum in Calgary in 2000.  Her work is represented in the University of Alberta Master of Fine Art Collection, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts Collection and also in private regional, national and international collections.

Liljana Mead Martin is a visual artist living and working on unceded Coast Salish territories, Vancouver. Through sculptural and choreographic processes she explores connections between memory, embodiment, material and geography. In recent sculpture she deals with the external and internal environments as interchangeable forms engaged in a constant exchange, with reference to injury, resilience, loss and survival. Martin’s artworks and performance have been exhibited at The Klondike Institute for Arts and Culture (Dawson City YT), Artscape Gibraltar Point (Toronto Island ON) the Anna Leonowens Gallery (Halifax NS), Dynamo Arts Association (Vancouver), Recess (NYC) and the Nanaimo Art Gallery (Vancouver Island).

Dan Starling’s work plays with the conventions of narratives through intervention, extrapolation and reconfiguration to produce exciting juxtapositions that encourage critical engagement. Based in research, Starling’s work deals with how historical and contemporary aesthetic forms frame the narratives that in turn influence how we see ourselves individually and collectively. Starling has studied at Emily Carr University and Städelschule, Frankfurt, and has exhibited his work nationally and internationally. Starling’s work was most recently shown at Wil Aballe Art Projects, VIVO Media Arts Centre and the Libby Leshgold Gallery, Vancouver.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019


14 June 2019 through 28 July 2019
Reception for the artist Thursday 13 June 2019, 6-9pm

Curated by Steven Tong

A selection of recent olfactory objects and painting by Megan Hepburn. Created over nine months at residencies in Sofia, Bulgaria and Vermont, USA, this exhibition questions the temporality and endurance of an internal life or mind conditioned by terminal illness and loss.

The artist gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the British Columbia Arts Council in the making of this work.⁣
⁣Megan Hepburn is an artist currently based in the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Her work is grounded in painting and perfumery, and has exhibited nationally and internationally since 2006. Hepburn's work has been recognized by the Joseph Plaskett Award for Painting, the RBC Painting Competition, The Salzburg Society of Friends of the Summer Academy and The Vermont Studio Centre among others. Recent exhibitions include Megan Hepburn and Hannah Yuill at Kombinat in Sofia, Bulgaria, Banana Dust at Spare Room, Vancouver and Dark Sands Ask Why You Talk So Fast at Deluge Contemporary in Victoria, Canada.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Alina Senchenko: Праця та відпочинок (WORK AND LEISURE)

12 April 2019 through 12 May 2019
Reception for the artist Friday 12 April 2019, 6-9pm

Vasyl wakes up every day at 5:30 AM, boils some water for coffee, two eggs and a slice of rye bread with kovbasa and cheese. He looks out the window and waits for the sound of the train that is scheduled to come by at 5:45 AM. The sound fills the small kitchen. The windows tremble. Still looking out, rows of chestnut trees are full bloom now, into the street where Natalia Oleksandivna in an orange safety vest swipes the pavement with an old wooden broom. The air is filled with spring.

Leaning before a row of peaches, Olena closes her eyes, inhales a scent of her childhood vocations: the mix of peaches and pine. She buys two peaches before walking on her own for the first time down the road towards the sea. The heat causes the road around her to shimmer, towards the beach.

Alina Senchenko is a Ukrainian artist living and working in Vancouver, Canada. She graduated from Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
In the past few years, Senchenko has examined the cultural, social structures of contemporary society, with an interest in the urban and rural spaces that we create and occupy. The current Ukrainian political situation is a preoccupation of her practice. Senchenko’s practice primarily focuses on photographs, found images, text, collage, and performance.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Kika Thorne: THE SUN

5 January 2019 through 26 January 2019
Reception for the artist Saturday 5 January 2019, 4pm

Curated by Christopher Brayshaw

Solar panels power a projection of the sun.

The projection will be visible every Saturday at 4pm throughout the month of January. Additional exhibition events will depend on the weather, TBD.

Additional viewing opportunities:

Thursday 17 January, 6-9pm
Saturday 20 January, 4-6pm
Wednesday 23 January, 4-6pm
Saturday 26 January, 4-6pm

Artist and filmmaker, Kika Thorne’s practice oscillates between elastic poetics and pragmatic ecologies. Kika received her MFA from the University of Victoria, BC and has exhibited extensively including projects at Berlinale Forum Expanded (Berlin), Abrons (New York), Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), the Power Plant (Toronto), E-Flux (global tour).

The exhibition is made possible through a material alliance between Portable-Electric and the NASA Solar Dynamic Observatory. The exhibition is also supported by Eileen Sommerman, Marleen Hoolboom, Christopher Brayshaw, Jane Hutton and Adrian Blackwell.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Warren McLachlan: ojo

23 November 2018 through 22 December 2018
Reception for the artist Friday 23 November 2018, 6-9pm

Curated by Steven Tong

An exercise in excavation and reproducibility takes shape in sculptures and images that originate from glass bottles, soil rich in silt, and animal habitats found in Corbin, a ghost town in the East Kootenays of British Columbia. Culminating in a topographical transformation of CSA Space, the exhibition becomes an environment where endless reproducibility is home to unseen and vacant entities.

Warren McLachlan (born Calgary, 1975)  lives and works in Vancouver, BC.

Warren is a founding member of  Corbin Union, an Alberta / British Columbia collective operating out of Corbin, in the East Kootenays. He also organizes projects at Dynamo Arts Association, an artist-run community in Vancouver. In 2019, Warren will participate in a month-long residency in Querétaro (Mexico) that will culminate in a solo and group exhibition with Corbin Union at Museo de la Cuidad de Querétaro in July. Recent exhibitions include; Death Valley Escapes, Field Contemporary, Vancouver; Structure for Observing Atypical Flight, Unit Pitt Facade Project 2017,  Inversus Mundi ( w/ Corbin Union) Unit Pitt  2016, Vancouver, BC;  Sisters ( w/ Jason de Haan), Untitled Art Society, Calgary 2015; Concerning the Bodyguard, The Tetley, Leeds, UK, 2014. He received an MA from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London UK (2007)  and a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design (2001).

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Garry Neill Kennedy: REMEMBERING NAMES

9 October 2018 through 10 November 2018
Reception for the artist Thursday, 1 November 2018, 7 – 9pm

Curated by David MacWilliam and Jonathan Middleton

CSA Space is pleased to present a new drawing installation by Vancouver-based artist Garry Neill Kennedy. Remembering Names is the most recent iteration of an ongoing project by Kennedy dating back to the early 1970s when he began attempting to “remember the names of everyone I ever met.” Eric Cameron wrote about Kennedy’s project in the May 1977 issue of Artforum: “Trying to remember the names of all the people he had ever known was a way of taking stock.”

Of late, Kennedy has been experiencing significant memory loss and during this time has wanted to revisit work that he began decades ago. Making this exhibition is not only personally timely, but also one that echoes contemporary social media practices where names are markers and indicators of social networks.

Garry Neill Kennedy has been an important conceptual artist and educator in the Canadian art world since the late 1960s. His work has been presented nationally and internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions including most recently: Ya Ummi, Ya Ummi… at the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina; Entangled: Two Views and Vancouver Special at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Three volumes of his drawings were published by READ Books in 2015 and his book NSCAD, The Last Art College: Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 1969-1978 was published by MIT Press in 2012.

In 2004 Kennedy was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada and also received a Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts. His jury citation called him "one of the most distinguished figures in Canadian art.”

Saturday, September 1, 2018


1 September 2018 through 7 October 2018
Reception for the artist Thursday 27 September 2018, 6-9pm

Curated by Christopher Brayshaw

CSA Space is pleased to present a selection of recent color photographs by Long Beach-based photographer Mark Ruwedel, drawn from two recent sequences, Crossings, and Fort Irwin, that depict US desert landscapes marked by signs of photographic surveillance; economic migration; and ongoing military conflict.

Ruwedel's works have recently appeared at the Tate Modern, UK; Vancouver Art Gallery; Ryerson Image Center, Toronto ON; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa ON; and Denver Art Museum, Denver CO.

Mark Ruwedel is represented by Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica; Yossi Milo Gallery, NYC, Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto; and Art 45, Montreal.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Tom Burrows & Bernadette Phan: THREADS

22 February 2018 through 30 March 2018
Opening reception Thursday 22 February 2018, 6-9pm

Tom Burrows is represented by Bau-Xi Gallery

“a dense mat of threads which completely hides the animal”

Painting, weaving and layering set the foundations for the dialogue between Tom Burrows and Bernadette Phan, whose bodies of work often involve processes of accumulation, be it the slow buildup of marks or layering of resin. This exhibition offers a peek at new directions for both artists.

For the past few years, Tom Burrows has been working in Jingdezhen, a city with a history of producing pottery for over 1700 years. In a discourse between ceramics and his ongoing exploration of cast resin, Tom creates colour fields that probe the surface and textures of both polymers and porcelain. “Bethune,” glazed porcelain, is a nod to Doctor Norman Bethune’s dedication to battle-field surgery in the struggle against fascism.

Bernadette Phan's work often negotiates the pictorial plane using patterns such as ovoids, grids and fields of colour. With "Béance", Bernadette revisits her painting practice through textile. The woven surface echoes the stippling of paint on her canvases  and the pace generated in the making. Alongside its colourful siblings, "Béance" envelops and contains, hanging loosely between painting and sculpture.  

Monday, January 1, 2018


5 January 2018 through 15 February 2018
Opening reception Thursday 4 January 2018, 6-9pm

Curated by Christopher Brayshaw

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Michael Drebert, Amy Gogarty and Demian Petryshyn: CARRIERS

26 October - 17 December 2017
Curated by Allison Hrabliuk
Reception for the artists and curator Thursday 26 October 2017, 6-9pm

These three artists spend their time responding to where they find themselves. Through daily walks around East Vancouver, Amy Gogarty interjects herself directly into the city landscape, painting en plein air to create an archive of her changing neighbourhood on clay pots. Demian Petryshyn goes inward, to his apartment, where he expands space through the minutia of natural aquarium cultivation. Michael Drebert finds himself at the beach, where the sea and the city meet, and has been writing about his daily encounters of the two.

This exhibition presents their recorded discoveries in clay, watercolour, and writing, humanizing our encounters with the built structures and detritus of the city.
Michael Drebert will read from his writings Cormorant, during the exhibition opening at 7:00 pm.

Image: Amy Gogarty, China Creek North, Looking North and East, 2017, cone mid-fire stoneware, glaze, underglaze, 11" x 8 3/4"

Thursday, August 10, 2017


10 August extended through 1 October 2017
Opening reception Thursday 10 August, 6-9pm

Curated by Steven Tong

When we see, we see codes

On August 10th, CSA Space will be presenting a solo exhibition by Graeme Wahn, Recent & Selected Works (Wing Nut). This exhibition sees Graeme maintaining a photographic work ethic aimed to re-present a vision of material worlds through conventions of photographic seeing.

The exhibition features around fifteen individual works - modestly sized colour photographs set within wooden frames & compositions. The works are handmade, and their meager tactility is likened to imprecise spaces depicted within the images. It’s if you see things flat, and look at a lot of level surfaces. There are also signs, and with scrawls, different marked paper and how it sits square - and then, in the same way, it also gets tightened too, because it reads itself and knows how it forms.

Since graduating from Emily Carr in 2015 Graeme has exhibited at Gallery 295, UNIT/PITT Projects, Flux Gallery in Winnipeg, Penticton Art Gallery, as well as the Vancouver Art Gallery. He continues to live and work in Vancouver and is beginning an MFA at SFU’s School for Contemporary Art in the fall.

Graeme Wahn's website

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Paul Metrinko: SEASCAPES

29 September through 30 October 2016
Opening reception Thursday 29 September, 6-9pm

Curated by Christopher Brayshaw

Paul Metrinko's website