Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Donato Mancini: BYTHELIGHTOFTHE


18 December 2014 through 18 January 2015
Opening reception Thursday 18 December 2014, 6-9pm 

Curated by Steven Tong

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Deirdre McAdams: OPEN BOOK


13 November 2014 through 14 December 2014
Opening reception Thursday 13 November 2014, 6-9pm

Guest curated by Elizabeth Zvonar

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.

-EZ, 2014

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.


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Malcolm Levy: THE RIZE


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.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Julian Hou: WINDOW BENDED HARMONY


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

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Robert Linsley: ISLAND GENERATION


26 June 2014 through 13 September 2014
Opening reception Thursday 26th June 2014, 6-9pm

Curated by Christopher Brayshaw and Steven Tong

Robert Linsley's website (contains link to RL's excellent blog)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Eden Veaudry: CONFERENCE ON THE WAVE


13 March 2014 through 13 April 2014
Opening reception Thursday 13 March 2014, 6-9pm

Eden Veaudry's website

Organized by Christopher Brayshaw, Steffanie Ling, & Steven Tong

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Roy Arden


1 November 2013 through 30 November 2013
Opening reception Friday 1 November 2013, 6-9pm

Roy Arden is represented by Monte Clark Gallery

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Jayce Salloum: location/dis-location(s): reprise


12 September 2013 through 13 October 2013
Opening reception Thursday 12 September 2013, 6-9pm

Curated by Steven Tong

Part 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.

location/dis-location(s) approaches 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 25thlocation/dis-location(s): contingent promises, a corresponding exhibition in this continuum follows at Grunt Gallery, and will run until Nov. 30, 2013.

Exhibition catalog with an essay by Keith Wallace (PDF file, quick download)

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Mike Grill: IN VITRO


22 February 2013 through 24 March 2013
Opening reception Friday 22 February 2013, 6-9pm

Curated by Steven Tong and Christopher Brayshaw

Mike Grill's website

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Brad Phillips: FOR MARIAH CAREY AND JOHN BERRYMAN


10 January 2013 through 17 February 2013
Opening reception Thursday 10 January 2013, 6-9pm

Curated by Steven Tong and Christopher Brayshaw

Brad Phillips' website

Exhibition review by Emmy Lee (Here is Elsewhere magazine)

Friday, December 7, 2012

New Adam Harrison Exhibition in YVR


Please join us tonight at Exercise, 147 Main Street, from 6-9pm for the opening of Adam Harrison's new exhibition Exposure Length: Four Hours, on display through 19 January 2013.