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

Mark Ruwedel: RECENT SELECTED PHOTOGRAPHS


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

Kevin Madill: VANCOUVER THROUGH PORTRAITURE


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

Curated by Christopher Brayshaw