Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Cornelia Wyngaarden: HEROINES

17 November 2015 through 13 December 2015
Opening reception Tuesday 17 November 2015, 6-9pm
Screening Thursday 19 November 2015, 7pm at the Western Front, 303 E. 8th Avenue

Guest curated by Liz Park

This multi-nodal project celebrates the decades-long contribution of video art pioneer Cornelia Wyngaarden. Her unrelenting commitment to feminism and queer politics often translates to poetic video portraits of female protagonists who defy the male-centric order of their respective milieu. Wyngaarden’s unique voice provides incisive commentary and has been fostering various communities of allies in Vancouver and beyond.

Presented for the first time in over two decades, elements of her past media installation projects The Fragility of Origins (1994) and Apollo’s Kiss/Matricide: An Allegorical Landscape (1991) will be installed at CSA. Initially presented at the UBC Fine Arts Gallery (now the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery), Apollo’s Kiss takes inspiration from Aeschylus’s Oresteia, and in particular, spotlights the fate of the tragic heroine Cassandra, doomed to the gift of prophesy believed by none. The Fragility of Origins was first presented at the Western Front, and featured a five-channel composite of unidentified female bodies in motion, ambiguously torquing as they lay on a sheet of white. Accompanying the installation at CSA is a screening at the Western Front of As a Wife Has a Cow (1985) as a single-channel video that captures the stories told by a female rancher named Keely Moll.

This exhibition is by no means a survey of Wyngaarden’s work, but is a spark that lights up a portion of her activities as an artist. It is also the force that propels a new work in progress by Wyngaarden, a video portrait of a female stevedore. This project will be accompanied by a publication co-edited by Kim Nguyen and Liz Park, to be published in spring 2016 by Artspeak.

Thursday, October 8, 2015


8 October 2015 through 8 November 2015
Opening reception Thursday 8 October 2015, 6-9pm

Curated by Steven Tong

Thursday, September 3, 2015


3 September 2015 through 4 October 2015
Opening reception Thursday 3 September 2015, 6-9pm

Curated by Steven Tong and Christopher Brayshaw

Ron Terada is represented by Catriona Jeffries Gallery

Thursday, July 23, 2015


23 July 2015 through 23 August 2015
Opening reception Thursday 23 July 2015, 6-9pm

Curated by Steffanie Ling

"I watched sailboats go by all afternoon. Aiming my telescope out from the deck to the sea I could make out the names given to the boats: Teorema, Best Case Scenario, Giverny, Summer Wind, X ta Sea...

I thought: The distance from the chin to the shoulder when you are looking down to your left, or your right, is a classical distance. The years between Rembrandt's lion and Thurber's dog—a few lifetimes of drawing cats and dogs—lazy lifetimes. The distance between the telescope's primary mirror and the sailboats: perfect kilometers. My day dreams were pink and then green. The sun was shining, the waves were breaking, and I was painting."

Tristan Unrau received a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design and is currently enrolled in the MFA program at UCLA in Los Angeles.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Isabella Fürnkäs: 秘密 / A DIACHRONIC HOME

6 June 2015 through 6 July 2015
Opening reception Saturday 6 June 2015, 6-9pm

Curated by Stephen Tong 

秘密 / A Diachronic Home is a solo exhibition by Isabella Fürnkäs, featuring two works “Diachronic Home” and “Vice Versa."

“Diachronic Home” is a four channel video installation. The family’s bookshelves laden with philosophical and literary works, festooned with the accretion of a life spent between cultures. These shelves serve as backdrops in the manner of still life paintings static and motionless. The contemplative silence of the shelves is disrupted by the interjection of attempts to query the world and the objects within it. Along with voices reading excerpts from Elias Canetti, Franz Kafka, Junichiro Tanizaki, Kobo Abe, Marcel Proust, Marshall McLuhan, Michel Foucault, Oscar Wilde, Robert Musil, Roland Barthes, Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Samuel Beckett. Read by Juan Antonio Olivares, Kaoli Mashio, Lukas von der Gracht, Daniella Séville and filmed with Moritz Krauth and Magdalena Kita.

 “Vice Versa” is a two channel video installation, with monitors resting on a mattress. As in “Diachronic Home” a stream of images moves across the screens, as if recollection of half remembered dreams. A disjointed conversation between male and female voice, threads its way through the syncopated typology of the videos.

Special thanks to Jordan Milner who kindly agreed to enact the performative aspect of the work on the opening night, as performed by Lukas von der Gracht.

Isabella Fürnkäs (*1988, Tokyo) studies at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, with Andreas Gursky and Keren Cytter. She has shown and curated internationally.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Kalli Niedoba: A MIRAGE ON A HILL

7 May 2015 through 31 May 2015
Opening reception 7 May 2015, 6-9pm

Curated by Steffanie Ling

A demonstration of figure-ground worship will be a new sculpture by Kalli Niedoba. 

Kalli Niedoba is an artist based in Vancouver with an interest in large-scale sculpture. Her works are constructed in adherence to the architectural parameters for display. Propelled by misinformation, jargon and airy personas, her practice attempts to make memorable the slippages in daily life. She has recently exhibited her work at 221A and Sunset Terrace.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Michael Jones: SOME DAY SOON

9 April 2015 through 3 May 2015
Opening reception Thursday 9 April 2015, 6-9pm

Curated by Steven Tong

Michael Jones works in Vancouver. He attended the Alberta College of Art and Design, obtaining a B.F.A in Media Arts and Digital Technologies from 1999 to 2003. Between 2004 and 2006 he attended the Slade School of Fine Art in London, U.K. and received a M.F.A in Fine Art Media. He has exhibited across Canada and internationally.  

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


5 March 2015 through 5 April 2015
Opening reception Thursday 5 March 2015, 6-9pm

Curated by Steffanie Ling

Tiziana La Melia is a Vancouver based artist and writer. Her first book of writing will be published by Publication Studio Vancouver and appear in late March. In 2014, she was the Writer in Residence at TPW R&D in Toronto. Recent solo-exhibitions include The Eyelash and The Monochrome at Mercer Union (Toronto). In 2014, she was the recipient of the RBC Painting Prize. She is represented by The Apartment (Vancouver).

Thursday, January 22, 2015


22 January 2015 through 22 February 2015
Opening reception Thursday 22 January 2015, 6-9pm

Curated by Steven Tong and Christopher Brayshaw