333 Chesterfield Avenue, North Vancouver, BC V7M 3G9

B.C. Almanac(h) C-B

The exhibition will be open for viewing from September 30th,
with the Opening Reception on Friday, October 2 at 7 pm.

Bringing to light a little-known chapter in Vancouver’s recent art history, B.C. Almanac(h) C-B features a remounted exhibition and reprinted book originally commissioned by the Stills Division of the National Film Board of Canada in 1970.  Organised by Vancouver artists Jack Dale and Michael de Courcy, fifteen West Coast artists were invited to produce photographic booklets that were then compiled into an anthology. Participants included multimedia artists Christos Dikeakos, Judith Eglington, Gerry Gilbert, Roy Kiyooka, Glenn Lewis, NE Thing Co., Michael Morris, Jone Pane, Timothy Porter and Vincent Trasov, among others. The book itself was conceived as an exhibition and became the content of a touring exhibition – a multimedia version of the book, complete with walls painted greyscale. This self-referential project highlights the processes of print production and mass media circulation of print culture. In the spirit of the era, the artists were experimenting with new technologies and used the camera to explore ideas about communication in the electronic “information age”. Concurrently, Presentation House Gallery is organising a related exhibition of photographs, film, mixed media works and ephemera that features Almanac artists.

For information and articles about the original exhibition see:
Pulp: Article Thirteen: BC Almanac(h)-CB 
‘PULP: An Account of the Newsprint, Corrugated Cardboard, and Box Art Created in Vancouver Between 1968 and 1972’ was created by Michael de Courcy.

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My House: Mike Kelley and Ryan Trecartin

Opening Reception: Friday, November 20, 7 pm                           
Guest Curator: Tobin Gibson

My House brings together the work of Mike Kelley and Ryan Trecartin, two important American artists, and will mark the first exhibition to place Trecartin’s work in historical perspective. The exhibition will present seminal works by Kelley from the 1980s and 2000s, juxtaposed with Trecartin’s recent,site-specific immersive installations and early video works.

The complex installations included in My House reflect their genesis from a common source. Kelly and Trecartin share a fascination with popular culture and a history of living and working in Los Angeles, California, providing intense creative incubation in a place of wealth, crisis and irony. The exhibition calls attention to the poignant viewpoints of these artists, their institutional critiques through satirical performance and documentation, as well as explorations of self-presentation.