The Flats, Vancouver’s premier contemporary art district, is throwing its second annual block party this Saturday, July 12th.
Renowned local galleries Equinox Gallery, Monte Clark Gallery, Winsor Gallery, Macaulay & Co, and Gallery 295 will play host to crowds of local collectors and art-goers as exhibitions are launched, artist talks are given, and the city is brought together to celebrate the district’s success as a cultural cornerstone. Guests can expect excellent programming as well as complimentary cocktails to help beat the heat.
+ Equinox Gallery presents an exhibition of new paintings by Los Angeles-based artist Etienne Zack. Zack speaks about his work at 12:00PM.
+ Monte Clark Gallery opens an exhibition by Evan Lee, who re-creates, transforms and expands upon found news media images depicting protest and migration through sculpture, mixed media and paintings. Lee gives a talk at 1:00PM.
+ Monte Clark also launches their satellite container space with an exhibition by Jonathan Syme, whose site-specific installation will explore specific facets of Vancouver’s recent civic history through the utilization of public semiotics within the encapsulated space of a shipping container.
+ Macaulay and Co. exhibits work by Shawn Hunt, whose painting and sculptural work explores the conceptual underpinnings and artistic intent of contemporary and historic First Nations artwork and iconography. Gallery director Sarah Macaulay gives a talk about the exhibition at 2:00PM.
+ Winsor Gallery opens a two-person exhibition of Angela Grossmann’s Swagger series and figurative sculpture by David Robinson alongside an exhibition of paintings by Alessandro Papetti.Robinson gives a talk at 3:00PM.
+ Field Contemporary hosts Special Offer: By the pound, by the foot, an exhibition that asks its audience to reconsider the value of an object. Artists David Roth and Eric Miranda have created a selection of works that will be available for purchase according to length, weight and unit. Weekly performances from the artists will provide a grounds for new forms of exchange and transaction that will challenge our pre-existing relationships between art works, tastes and market values.
A performance from the artists will begin at 1:00 PM. David and Eric will be speaking about their work as part of the ongoing series Chat and Snack hosted by Avalon Mott at 4:00 PM.
+ Wil Aballe Art Projects hosts a closing reception for Jordy Hamilton. A small selection from a larger body of new paintings, this show stems from a single image cartoon of Popeye The Sailor Man. The cartoon’s relation to the depiction of time, repetition, violence, and love inspired the series. The paintings are constructed using a simple system. Right fist or left fist? Back of the hand or front of the hand? White paint or black paint? The paintings provide opportunities for multivalent readings as to its meaning and refer to art history, from Cezanne’s Mont Sainte Victoire paintings to Cubism to Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase, pop art, Phillip Guston, and Francis Alys. Hamilton gives a talk at 5:00PM.
+ Gallery 295 hosts a solo exhibition by Scott Billings. The centrepiece of the show will be 20’ tall sculpture made of thousands of feet of IMAX film that is a sculptural representation of an asymptotic point (if you remember your Grade 12 math: it’s generally an impossible thing to resolve as sculpture but Scott has tried it). There will also be prints that are visual representations of double pendulum chaotic systems, generally considered by scientists to be the simplest representations of chaos.
+ Chernoff Fine Art presents photobsession, a personal collection of black and white photos ranging from 1880 to present day. Brad Chernoff has been searching and collecting photographic images for thirty years from sources as diverse as flea markets, estate sales, antique stores and art auctions.