Past Events

The Rage To Live: The Queer Film Legacies of David Wojnarowicz and Marlon T. Riggs

January 30th – February 2nd, 2020

Griffin Art Projects is partnering with the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery and The Cinemateque to host a full weekend of film screenings, lectures and panel discussions dedicated to exploring the context of AIDS and activism through art and film. This program is presented in conjunction with Griffin Art Project’s exhibition The Sodomite Invasion, and the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery’s exhibition David Wojnarowicz: Photography and Film, 1978 -1992.

All panels, discussions and keynotes are free. Screenings are $12.00 (General Admission 18+) and $10.00 (Senior/Student Admission). Tickets can be purchased at https://thecinematheque.ca, see links below for details.

Thursday January 30

Location: Griffin Art Projects, 1174 Welch St, North Vancouver

Opening Reception: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Conversations on Collecting: 7:00 pm

Join guest curator Lorenzo Fusi for a discussion revolving around the responsibility of caring for the archive and legacy of Jimmy DeSana. Building on one of Griffin Art Project’s mandates to make privately held art collections accessible to the public, this ongoing series is presented in partnership with the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver.

Friday January 31

Location: The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver

Opening Keynote: 6:30 pm, Lyle Ashton Harris

Screening I: 7:45 pm, Black Is… Black Ain’t (86 min.)

Screening II: 9:30 pm, Self Portrait in 23 Rounds (70 min)

Saturday February 1

Location: The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver

Panel: 1pm, Queer Perspectives: Intersectionality and the AIDS Crisis, Adrian Stimson in conversation with Lorenzo Fusi and Robert Reid-Pharr

Screening III: 2:30 pm, Ethnic Notions & Affirmations (total 66 min)

Screening IV: 4pm, Color Adjustment (87 min)

Panel: 7 pm Keynote, Robert Reid-Pharr

Screening V: 8:30 pm, Tongues Untied + Anthem + Non, Je ne regret (total 101 min)

Sunday February 2

Location: The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver

Panel: 1 pm, Queer Legacies: New York & Beyond / Discussion of how the AIDS crisis impacted the art community in the 1980s/1990s and how the legacies of those lost are cared for through acts of commemoration and stewardship. Speakers include Jennifer Doyle and Laurie Simmons.

Screening VI: 2:30 pm, Fear of Disclosure (7 min) + ITSOFOMO (49 min)

Screening VII: 4 pm, How to Survive a Plague (110 min)

CLOSING RECEPTION: 6 pm

Screening VIII: 7:30 pm, 120 Beats Per Minute (143 min)

More information.

Burnt Dust

January 10 and 11th, Reception on January 11th from 7-9 PM

Artists for Kids Studio Art Program

Griffin Art Projects is delighted to be kicking off the new year with a special two-day exhibition titled Burnt Dust, featuring the works of twenty-four North Vancouver high school students in grades 10 – 12. Through pattern, texture, shadow and meditative mark making, each work in the exhibition inspires quiet reflection and close looking. This exhibition has been organized in collaboration with Artists for Kids Studio Art Program, as part of Griffin Art Project’s newly launched Youth Mentorship Program.

The works in this exhibition were produced under the mentorship and guidance of Vancouver-based artist, Sara-Jeanne Bourget, who completed a five month residency at Griffin Art Projects from August to December 2019. Bourget, whose own practice explores the “physical and conceptual interconnections between Rocks, Paper and Charcoal”, was Griffin’s inaugural Emily Carr University Studio Residency Award recipient. Bourget worked with students from AFK’s Studio Art Program over the course of three sessions in November and December 2019, facilitating a studio visit, artmaking workshop and final critique of the works produced.

Griffin is thrilled to be partnering with Artist for Kids to make this happen and looks forward to future opportunities for collaboration. Artists For Kids was established in 1989 through a generous partnership among some of Canada’s finest artists and the North Vancouver School District. Its mission, through the sale of original prints created by its artist patrons, is to build an art education legacy for the children of British Columbia. The Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art is home to a stunning collection of work created by its patrons. Artists For Kids provides a variety of art enrichment program opportunities for thousands of students of all ages each year including the popular Paradise Valley Summer School of Visual Art. This event marks the beginning of Griffin Art Project’s Youth Mentorship Program. Still in its development stages, the main focus of Griffin Art Project’s unique Youth Mentorship Program is to engage North Vancouver secondary students in a series of programs centered on artistic and professional development. Offered in conjunction with Griffin’s Studio Residency Program, this project will create opportunities for youth to engage directly with contemporary cultural producers residing locally, nationally and internationally. Griffin is completely unique in our ability to provide access to artists, curators and writers at the site of their work.

Griffin Art Projects gratefully acknowledges the support of North Vancouver Recreation and Culture, through the Special Projects, New Initiatives & Events in Development Grant Program to undertake this program.

Decolonizing Design: Open Studio with Sierra Tasi Baker

Saturday, December 5, 1:00-3:00pm

Griffin Art Projects Artist Residency, 1180 Welch St, North Vancouver, BC V7P 2R5

Join artist Sierra Tasi Baker to see the work she has made while in residence at Griffin.

Decolonizing Design is a body of work relating to the built environment and the public realm. Sierra will use the studio space at GAP to further develop content explored in her Sustainable Urbanism Masters Thesis from University College London on “Decolonizing Consultation”. The space will be used to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and the testing of new ideas. Developing a uniquely Pacific Coastal Indigenous research methodology and aesthetic to celebrate and reclaim identity of place and power, the intention is to rapidly rewrite this visual narrative through art, architecture, urban form, history and academia to develop a mixed media solutions-based approach to decolonizing design. The work will be an embodiment of the artist’s design approach as expressed through form and conceptual analysis of the colonial context.

Sierra Tasi Baker, MSc, BEnvD is an award-winning Squamish Nation, Coast Salish, Kwakwaka’wakw, Tlingit, Haida & Hungarian designer, community consultant, entrepreneur, artist, and storyteller. Her work focuses on furthering Indigenous design and research methodologies whilst focusing on daylighting hidden histories and reconciliatory narratives. Sierra has her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design from the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and the University of British Columbia and her Master’s in Sustainable Urbanism from the Bartlett School of Planning at University College London in London, England. Sierra’s company, Sky Spirit Consulting, leads Indigenous research and design initiatives locally and internationally.

Reading the Contemporary: Art and Culture Talks with Griffin Art Projects with Mary Tasi and Wade Baker

Thursday, November 28, 7:00-8:30pm

Located at the North Vancouver District Public Library, Lynn Valley Branch, 1277 Lynn Valley Rd, North Vancouver, BC V7J 0A2

Join Mary Tasi and Wade Baker for a presentation and discussion on their journey of the cultural research and the book they co-authored, The Hidden Journals (published 2015, revised edition 2018). The research has focused on the lost narratives of the Captain Vancouver era through an indigenous perspective, and the findings of the high level trading and personal relationships that occurred, through primary archival research and oral indigenous knowledge.

The Hidden Journals was presented to the Victoria Legislature in 2015 for excellence in primary source research bringing new perspectives to history. Over 1,000 copies were donated to North Shore High Schools in 2015, sponsored by Neptune Terminals and Port Metro Vancouver. The Hidden Journals is included in the North Shore Author’s Collection, a partnership between North Vancouver City Library, North Vancouver District Public Library, and West Vancouver Memorial Library.

Baker and Tasi will share updated information on their ongoing research, including a Coast Salish ceremonial woven robe from 1793, currently in the collection of the Helsinki Museum, Finland, as well as the contemporary artworks Baker is developing based on ancestral methods and design. Mary Tasi, Community Planning & Research Consultant. Mcip, Rpp Mary Tasi is a community planning consultant, art consultant, research consultant and author. She worked for many years in Ontario and Quebec as an urban planner and designer. She is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Planning Institute of British Columbia and the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. Tasi’s philosophy is that art brings community together. She has worked with the City of North Vancouver and the Squamish Nation to create the “Gateway to Ancient Wisdom” for the beginning of the North Shore Spirit Trail. This public art piece brought together elders, youth, landscape architects, builders, contractors, steelworkers, welders, politicians, and many others in an innovative, award-winning collaborative process. Tasi’s multi-disciplinary strengths include city planning, art project marketing, communications and policy. She uses innovative public engagement techniques and visioning that produces meaningful solutions to complex community issues. She has the ability to manage and communicate divergent ideas and conflicting visions or goals. She has marketing experience with over 100 galleries in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario.

Wade Baker, Mintledus, Oral History Expert Wade Baker is a sculptor, graphic designer and red cedar carver. He has been carving and creating art since he was a teenager. As a descendent of ancient Coast Salish, Kwakwaka’wakw, Tlingit and Haida nobility, Baker has inherited a rich artistic legacy. In these traditions, art is not a separate activity but is interwoven in life, language, custom and culture. Art is a means of spiritual expression in which a design or piece of art can encompass an entire story. Baker’s preference is to create large public art sculptures. He has worked in steel, wood, glass, marble and many other mediums. His stainless steel North Star was commissioned for the 2010 Olympics and stands at the Vancouver Olympic Village site. One of the highlights for Baker was meeting Prince Charles when the North Star was unveiled in 2009. Baker has also produced smaller public art designs and in 2000, his wolf design was selected to be part of the Millennium series of Royal Canadian Mint quarters. 50 million quarters were produced with Baker’s design and are now in circulation. Baker is a member of the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, and a Director at Large for Aboriginal Tourism British Columbia. Most recently, Baker is writing the history of his British ancestors Lieutenant Joseph Baker, an early mapmaker of the British Columbia Coast, and Robert Hunt, a fur trader and factor with the Hudson’s Bay Company in the 1850’s.

Conversations on Collecting

Thursday, November 21, 7-9pm

Join us for an evening of discussion with senior private and public collectors based in Alberta, regarding their support of the work and artists in the exhibition MONSOON, and the broader collecting scene in Alberta.

Building on one of Griffin Art Project’s mandates to make privately held art collections accessible to the public, this new and ongoing series is presented in partnership with the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver.

Open Studio with Sara-Jeanne Bourget

Saturday, November 9, 1:00-3:00pm

Sara-Jeanne Bourget

Griffin Art Projects Artist Residency, 1180 Welch St, North Vancouver, BC V7P 2R5

2:00pm Artist talk with Sara-Jeanne Bourget

Join artist Sara-Jeanne Bourget to see the work she has made while in residence at Griffin, and for an intimate artist talk in the studio.

Reading the Contemporary: Art and Culture Talks with Griffin Art Projects with Lam Wong

Thursday October 24, 7:00-8:30pm

Located at the North Vancouver District Public Library, Lynn Valley Branch, 1277 Lynn Valley Rd, North Vancouver, BC V7J 0A2

Join Lam Wong, recent artist-in-residence, for a presentation and discussion on his work, specifically his installation in the exhibition Person/ne at Griffin Art Projects, and accompanying series of tea ceremony performances.

Lam Wong is a contemporary artist, designer and curator based in Vancouver, BC. His interest is primarily rooted in regional West Coast art history, with an emphasis on the development of painting and its avant-garde narrative. Wong’s creative approach is often concerned with blending Eastern philosophies and challenging the notion of painting.

An immigrant from Hong Kong during the 1980s, Wong studied design, art history and painting, both in Alberta and British Columbia. He is currently practicing painting and tea related artwork as his main media. Wong sees art making as an on-going spiritual practice. His main subjects are the perception of reality, the meaning of art, and the relationships between time, memory and space. Wong has lived and worked in Vancouver since 1998.

During his time in residence at Griffin Art Projects, Wong created and performed his “間 / MA Trilogy”, a three-part series of tea ceremony performances taking place within the framework of the exhibition Person/ne, and staged in the gallery, residency studio, and outdoors at nearby Capilano River. Wong has a family history with the art of tea for over 15 generations, and creates performances situation his art practice within traditions of Chinese style tea ceremony (gongfu cha) and tea meditation.

Gardens and Wilds: Indigenous Walking Tour & Workshop

Saturday, October 12, 1-3pm

Cease Wyss and Katherine Ylitalo will discuss their work with gardens and Indigenous knowledge. Wyss will address North Vancouver’s local flora, her indigenous ties to the land, as well as her land-based work in relationship to her practice, while Ylitalo, a master gardener and curator, will discuss her work with The Butterfly Garden (1999), an art project by Mi’kmaq artist Mike MacDonald at the Walter Philips Gallery, Banff.

T’uy’t’tanat-Cease Wyss Skwxwu7mesh/Sto:Lo/Metis/Hawaiian/Swiss T’uy’t’tanat- Cease is an interdisciplinary artist who works with new and other mediums and community engaged and public art. She is currently developing two public art sites in Vancouver based in permaculture and other land based work. Cease is a Coast Salish ethnobotanist and is an emerging cedar and wool weaver with a textiles art practice that includes plant and other natural dyes. Through the IM4 :: Indigenous Matriarchs [An Indigenous Futurisms Lab, with Loretta Todd], Cease has become an emerging developer of XR Futures, and has developed a series of VR experiences for her Sacred Teachings Series. Cease is a beekeeper and a member of the Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast and lives in East Vancouver.

Katherine Ylitalo is a Calgary-based curator, writer, educator, garden historian and gardener and curator of Griffin’s MONSOON exhibition. As an independent curator, she has organized and written for exhibitions for several museums, galleries and artist-run-centres such as the Glenbow Museum, Nickle Galleries, the Art Gallery of Peterborough, Dunlop Gallery and Stride . Usually, she has a number of projects on the go. Currently, she works at Founders’ Gallery, a remote site of the University of Calgary at The Military Museums of Calgary, is curator of the art collection of Bow Valley College, Calgary, is a monthly contributor to Avenue magazine and stewards the Mike MacDonald Butterfly Garden at the Banff Centre.

Public Art Walking Tour on the History of Spirit Trail With Mary Tasi and Wade Baker from Sky Spirit Consulting

Saturday October 5, 2:30-4:30pm

Join Mary Tasi and Wade Baker of Sky Spirit Consulting for a walking tour of artworks on the first section of the Spirit Trail, created in 2008 and 2009. We will visit Wade Baker’s stainless steel and red cedar sculpture, Gateway to Ancient Wisdom, and several curvilinear benches with art created by various Squamish Nation artists, located at the Mosquito Creek Marina oceanfront. There are 28 bronze disks in the benches that have all been created based on ancient story sharing from the elder’s workshops. Tasi and Baker will describe the land placemaking process, which was the first design collaboration between the City of North Vancouver and the Squamish Nation, and the narratives that the disks were based on. The project won the City of North Vancouver Award of Excellence for Public Art in 2013.

Meet at Lonsdale Quay main entrance on the ocean side, at the circular fountain (or in adjacent covered area in case of rain). The trail is a short 10 minute walk from the Quay. Please dress for the weather, and bring umbrellas and rain gear if needed.

Mary Tasi, Community Planning & Research Consultant. Mcip, Rpp Mary Tasi is a community planning consultant, art consultant, research consultant and author. She worked for many years in Ontario and Quebec as an urban planner and designer. She is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Planning Institute of British Columbia and the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. Tasi’s philosophy is that art brings community together. She has worked with the City of North Vancouver and the Squamish Nation to create the “Gateway to Ancient Wisdom” for the beginning of the North Shore Spirit Trail. This public art piece brought together elders, youth, landscape architects, builders, contractors, steelworkers, welders, politicians, and many others in an innovative, award-winning collaborative process. Tasi’s multi-disciplinary strengths include city planning, art project marketing, communications and policy. She uses innovative public engagement techniques and visioning that produces meaningful solutions to complex community issues. She has the ability to manage and communicate divergent ideas and conflicting visions or goals. She has marketing experience with over 100 galleries in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario.

Wade Baker, Mintledus, Oral History Expert Wade Baker is a sculptor, graphic designer and red cedar carver. He has been carving and creating art since he was a teenager. As a descendent of ancient Coast Salish, Kwakwaka’wakw, Tlingit and Haida nobility, Baker has inherited a rich artistic legacy. In these traditions, art is not a separate activity but is interwoven in life, language, custom and culture. Art is a means of spiritual expression in which a design or piece of art can encompass an entire story. Baker’s preference is to create large public art sculptures. He has worked in steel, wood, glass, marble and many other mediums. His stainless steel North Star was commissioned for the 2010 Olympics and stands at the Vancouver Olympic Village site. One of the highlights for Baker was meeting Prince Charles when the North Star was unveiled in 2009. Baker has also produced smaller public art designs and in 2000, his wolf design was selected to be part of the Millennium series of Royal Canadian Mint quarters. 50 million quarters were produced with Baker’s design and are now in circulation. Baker is a member of the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, and a Director at Large for Aboriginal Tourism British Columbia. Most recently, Baker is writing the history of his British ancestors Lieutenant Joseph Baker, an early mapmaker of the British Columbia Coast, and Robert Hunt, a fur trader and factor with the Hudson’s Bay Company in the 1850’s.

Family Day and North Vancouver Culture Days

Saturday, September 28, 1:00- 3:00pm

September Family Days

Please join us for an afternoon of participatory art making in the gallery related to the exhibition MONSOON for kids of all ages.

Reading the Contemporary: Art and Culture Talks at the Library with Griffin Art Projects with Sara-Jeanne Bourget

Thursday, September 26, 7:00-8:30pm

Sara-Jeanne Bourget

Located at the North Vancouver District Public Library, Lynn Valley Branch, 1277 Lynn Valley Rd, North Vancouver, BC V7J 0A2

Join us for a presentation and discussion with Sara-Jeanne Bourget, current artist-in-residence. Bourget is the inaugural recipient of the Studio Residency Award, a new partnership between Griffin Art Projects and Emily Carr University. Continuing from her recent thesis project at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Bourget’s large scale works explore “physical and conceptual interconnections between “Rocks, Paper, and Charcoal,” based on [her] geological explorations and the inherent materiality of both paper and the artist’s own handmade charcoal.

Sara-Jeanne Bourget was born in Lévis, Québec in 1988. She obtained her BFA in Studio Arts at Concordia University (2015) and her MFA from Emily Carr University (2019). In 2016, she took part in residency programs in Finland, Quebec and Vermont where she also exhibited her work. She is the recipient of two grants (2017 & 2019) from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation in support of her work and studies.

This talk is the first in a series of Tuesday evening talks with artists on their work and process throughout the fall of 2019, at North Vancouver District Public Library, Lynn Valley Branch, featuring artists currently in residence at Griffin Art Projects, North Vancouver.

MONSOON Artists Roundtable

Saturday, September 14, 1pm

Katie Ohe

Artists’ Roundtable with Robin Arsenault, Isla Burns, Katie Ohe, Evan Penny and curator Katherine Ylitalo from MONSOON.

Robin Arseneault is a graduate of the Alberta University of the Arts (formally, Alberta College of Art & Design (BFA, 1998)) and the Edinburgh College of Art (MFA, 2005). A semi-finalist for the Sobey Art Award in 2007, Arseneault received the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award in 2008 and has been awarded grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Arseneault’s practice includes sculpture, drawing, photography and collage. She has an active record of exhibitions including within Canada, USA, Scotland, Germany, Italy and The Netherlands. In 2011, she collaborated with Paul Jackson to complete the public sculpture commission, Hunting Blind for the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, that was on view at the Art Gallery of Alberta. Her work is represented by Jarvis Hall Gallery, Calgary, AB.

Isla Burns was born in Calcutta in 1952. She has a Diploma in sculpture from the Alberta College of Art, a MVA in Sculpture from the University of Alberta, and an extensive working experience as a welder in the aerospace and oil industry. Burns travelled frequently between five cities: Bombay, Monghyr, Saharanpur, Calcutta and Gauhati. This time and these places left an indelible visual memory which later became a deep source of inspiration in her Sculptures. While steel is Burns’ main medium, she has a longstanding interest in portraiture and the figure which are often incorporated in her work. Burns has been teaching at the University of Alberta since the early 80s. She received the Beta Sigma Phi Award in Art and Design in 1978, an Award for Excellence from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2002, and was inducted into the Cultural Hall of Fame in Edmonton in 2013. Burns has widely exhibited in Canada, and has worked and exhibited in the UK, USA, Spain and Greece.

Katie Ohe is considered one of Alberta’s pioneers of abstract art. Her six-decade career working in sculpture in a range of materials including steel, concrete, epoxy and chrome has spearheaded the abstract sculpture medium in Alberta. Ohe has exhibited extensively throughout Canada and internationally, and her sculptures are found in numerous public collections. Ohe has had significant positive influence as an artist, educator and philanthropist and is a fiercely beloved teacher and mentor. She has taught sculpture at the Alberta College of Art and Design since 1970, and her students include many successful and high-profile artists with international careers. Now in her 82 nd year of a very diverse, creative and exceptionally giving and nurturing life, she continues to experiment and remains an influential and driving force in Alberta’s contemporary art scene.

Evan Penny was born in South Africa in 1953, and immigrated to Canada in 1964. In 1975 he graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary with an Honours Fine Art Diploma. Two years later, he returned to the Alberta College of Art and Design and completed Post-Graduate studies in sculpture. From his earliest sculptural busts in the 1970s through to his first nude sculptures in the early 1980s, Penny has devoted himself to an examination of how the concepts of sculptural realism have been influenced by classicism, romanticism, and - most importantly for the artist – by the advent of traditional and digital photography. Over the past fifteen years Penny has stated that his interest has been to explore the discrepancies between the way we might experience each other in real time and space and the way we might imagine the equivalent in an image.

Katie Ohe and curator Katherine Ylitalo in Conversation

Friday, September 13, 6pm

Katie Ohe + Katherine Ylitalo

Join us for a conversation between artist Katie Ohe and curator Katherine Ylitalo of MONSOON at 6pm before the exhibition’s opening reception, 7-9pm.

Katie Ohe is considered one of Alberta’s pioneers of abstract art. Her six-decade career working in sculpture in a range of materials including steel, concrete, epoxy and chrome has spearheaded the abstract sculpture medium in Alberta. Ohe has exhibited extensively throughout Canada and internationally, and her sculptures are found in numerous public collections. Ohe has had significant positive influence as an artist, educator and philanthropist and is a fiercely beloved teacher and mentor. She has taught sculpture at the Alberta College of Art and Design since 1970, and her students include many successful and high-profile artists with international careers. Now in her 82 nd year of a very diverse, creative and exceptionally giving and nurturing life, she continues to experiment and remains an influential and driving force in Alberta’s contemporary art scene.

Katherine Ylitalo is a Calgary-based curator, writer, educator, garden historian and gardener and curator of Griffin’s MONSOON exhibition. As an independent curator, she has organized and written for exhibitions for several museums, galleries and artist-run-centres such as the Glenbow Museum, Nickle Galleries, the Art Gallery of Peterborough, Dunlop Gallery and Stride . Usually, she has a number of projects on the go. Currently, she works at Founders’ Gallery, a remote site of the University of Calgary at The Military Museums of Calgary, is curator of the art collection of Bow Valley College, Calgary, is a monthly contributor to Avenue magazine and stewards the Mike MacDonald Butterfly Garden at the Banff Centre.

Griffin Art Projects Family Day: Postcards

Saturday, August 17, 1:00-3:00pm

Léon Maurice Henri Coupey

Please join us for an afternoon of participatory art making in the gallery. Kids of all ages are invited to create their own postcards inspired by historic works by the artist and calligrapher Léon Maurice Coupey (1864-1925) on view in the exhibition Person/ne. Coupey’s highly detailed and inventive postcards document his travels and intimate relationships, and demonstrate his imaginative and original re-fashioning of the classic postcard format. This event is free and open to all.

Please register in advance: nicole@griffinartprojects.ca

Tea Ceremony Performance with Lam Wong: MA No.3 - The Silence Between Sounds

Saturday August 10, 1:00-4:00pm

Lam Wong

Tea Ceremony Performance with Lam Wong: MA No.3 - The Silence Between Sounds Nature walk offsite at Capilano River.

Meet at 1pm in the parking lot of Capilano River Hatchery to join a guided hike with Griffin Art Projects artist-in-residence Lam Wong. Participants can expect a 20 minute, moderately difficult hike to the river, ending with a riverside tea ceremony and art installation by Wong.

Bring hiking shoes, walking sticks, cushions or mats for seating, sun protection, snacks, water, and backpacks to help pack tea wares. The artist requests that participants listen to the sound of the environment and keep conversations to a minimum. This event is recommended for ages 12 and up and is not suitable for young children. Contact nicole@griffinartprojects.ca to register in advance and receive further details.

Person/ne Forum: Ethics of Care

Saturday, July 6, 1:00-6:30 PM

Janet Werner

Please join us for a day of discussion on themes related to political agency, personhood and care, in conjunction with the exhibition Person/ne with a group of international writers, researchers, curators and artists.

Live events include talks, conversations, and performance, from historical and archives-based projects to consideration of the impact of digital technologies for future solidarity, collaboration and relationality. As an extension of Griffin’s exhibition and residency program, all events are free and open to the public.

Please feel free to attend the whole event or come and go for selected talks. Please register for the event here: Eventbrite

Schedule
1:00 Introductory Remarks
1:15 Helena Reckitt [via Skype]
2:00 Keynote: Emily Rosamond
3:00 Break
3:15 Lorilee Wastasecoot
4:00 Lorenzo Fusi
5:00 Lam Wong & Nicole Ondre in conversation
5:45 Zoe Kreye Performance Procession
6:15 Catered Picnic by Chef Charlotte Hewson in nearby park (weather permitting)

Helena Reckitt (Curator and Researcher, Art Department, Goldsmiths College, London, UK) Presents: Durational Feminisms: research, learning and trust in the Feminist Duration Reading Group.

Keynote: Emily Rosamond (Artist, Researcher, and Lecturer in Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK) considers the performed tensions between the singularity of ‘character’ and the fungibility of traits that travel across border security software systems, social media algorithms, and other apparatuses.

Lorilee Wastasecoot (Curatorial intern, University of Victoria Legacy Art Gallery) presents on her curatorial contribution to There Is Truth Here (Museum of Vancouver) and her upcoming exhibition, We Carry Our Ancestors; Cedar, Baskets, and Our Relationships with the Land.

Lorenzo Fusi (Artistic Director, Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco, Independent Curator, London, UK) considers forms of care during and after the HIV/AIDS crisis, in preparation of the January 2020 Griffin Art Projects exhibition he will curate on the work of Jimmy de Sana and Marlon Riggs.

Lam Wong (Artist, Vancouver) presents on MA/間 and the idea of self, regarding his work and performances within the exhibition Person/ne and as current Griffin Art Projects Artist-in-Residence. Zoe Kreye (Artist, Vancouver) designs a relational & collaborative processional performance for Forum participants.

Participant Biographies

Helena Reckitt is a curator and researcher with a longstanding interest in legacies of feminist and queer art, thought and collectivity. She is editor of the books Art and Feminism (Phaidon Press), Acting on AIDS (Serpent’s Tail), and Sanja Ivekovic: Unknown Heroine, A Reader (Calvert 22), and Consultant Editor for the recent survey The Art of Feminism: The Images that Shaped the Fight for Equality (Chronicle and Tate Publishing). With Jennifer Fisher in 2015/2016 she edited two issues of the Journal of Curatorial Studies on affect, curating, and relationality. She has curated group exhibitions including ‘Habits of Care,’ ‘Getting Rid of Ourselves’ and ‘Not Quite How I Remember It’, and solo exhibitions with such artists as Yael Bartana, Keren Cytter, and (with Jon Davies) Ryan Trecartin. In 2015 Helena initiated the Feminist Duration Reading Group, a monthly meeting dedicated to the collective exploration of overlooked feminisms from outside the Anglo-American feminist canon, which is currently in residence at the South London Gallery. Reader in Curating in the Art Department at Goldsmiths, University of London, her former positions include Senior Curator, The Power Plant, Toronto; Senior Director of Exhibitions & Education, The Contemporary, Atlanta; Head of Talks, the ICA, London; and Commissioning Editor for Film and Performance Studies, Routledge, London

Emily Rosamond is a Canadian writer, artist and educator based in London, UK. Her current research stems from an interest in how historically situated performances of selfhood, character and reputation are intertwined with financial and surveillant infrastructures. Emily completed her PhD as a Commonwealth Scholar in Art at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2016. Following lectureships at the University of Kent and Arts University Bournemouth, she joined the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths in 2017, as Lecturer and Joint Programme Leader, BA Fine Art and History of Art. Emily has guest lectured widely, at venues including ICA, London; F.A.C.T., Liverpool; Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam; and Kunstgebaude, Stuttgart. Her recent publications have appeared in the Journal of Aesthetics & Culture, Paragrana, Finance and Society, International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, Moneylab Reader (Institute of Network Cultures) and Are We All Addicts Now? (Liverpool University Press). Recent exhibitions include A.P.T. Gallery, London; Leu Gallery, Belmont University, Nashville; Karst, Plymouth; ASC Gallery, London; and Tenderpixel, London. Her upcoming two-person exhibition at SixtyEight Art Institute, Copenhagen (2020) explores narratologies of prediction through a 1941 patent filed by an actress and composer, which influenced the development of frequency hopping in wifi networks.

Lorilee Wastasecoot is a curatorial intern at the University of Victoria Legacy Art Gallery. Lorilee is Cree from Peguis First Nation with ancestral roots from York Factory in Northern Manitoba. Wastasecoot believes that art is a powerful way for Indigenous people to express and share knowledge about their own cultures. Working with her family, the MacKay Indian Residential School Survivors, the artists and their families involved in the creation of the recently opened exhibition currently on display at the Museum of Vancouver, There Is Truth Here: Creativity and Resilience in Children’s Art from Residential and Day Schools has inspired her to work with Indigenous communities and museum collections to curate exhibits that matter to Indigenous people. Wastasecoot will be curating a Indigenous basketry exhibit at the Legacy Art Gallery in fall 2019, titled, We Carry Our Ancestors; Cedar, Baskets, and Our Relationships with the Land, which involves her year-long research into the largely overlooked basketry work in the University of Victoria collection. Her project situates the baskets as part of a larger discussion on Indigenous women’s traditional artwork into the contemporary. The show will feature Salish and Nuu-chah-nulth historical baskets from the collection and also feature the work of contemporary basket weavers, including Brenda Crabtree, Angela Marston and Deb George. Through this work with the UVIC collection, Wastasecoot has been able to identify a number of previously “unknown” baskets made by Indigenous women from Northern Coast Salish and Nuu-chah-nulth communities.

Lorenzo Fusi is the Artistic Director of PIAC (Prix International d’Art Contemporain) of the Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco. He was the Visiting Academic Curator at the Alberta College of Art + Design where he directed the Illingworth Kerr Gallery between 2016-2018. Previously, he was the Director of Open Eye Gallery, one of the oldest not-for-profit photography galleries in the UK. Prior to this appointment, Fusi was the International Curator at the Liverpool Biennial, for which he curated the 2010 and 2012 renditions, titled Touched and The Unexpected Guest. Between 2001 and 2009 he was the Chief Curator at Palazzo delle Papesse Contemporary Art Centre, to then became the Contemporary Art Curator of the Santa Maria della Scala museum hub in Siena (Italy). Fusi regularly lectures at universities and has a portfolio of over 60 curated exhibition projects and as many publications and almost 200 commissions.

Lam Wong is a contemporary artist, designer and curator based in Vancouver, BC. His interest is primarily rooted in regional West Coast art history, with an emphasis on the development of painting and its avant-garde narrative. Lam’s creative approach is often concerned with blending Eastern philosophies and challenging the notion of painting. As current artist in resident at Griffin Art Projects, Wong will create and perform his “間 / MA Trilogy”, a three-part series of tea ceremony performances taking place within the framework of the exhibition Person/ne, staged in the gallery, residency studio, and outdoors at nearby Capilano River. Wong has a family history with the art of tea for over 15 generations, and creates performances situation his art practice within traditions of Chinese style tea ceremony (gongfu cha) and tea meditation.

Zoe Kreye creates inter-disciplinary art projects that explore transformation, collective experience and negotiations of public space. Her work looks to engage the public in relations and aesthetics, with the goal of building inclusive, bottom-up associations that have the potential to be small catalysts for change within dominant social systems. Often looking outside the realm of art, her projects take the form of clubs, workshops, rituals, dialogues and journeys. Her focus is to encourage people towards self-reflection and a deeper engagement with themselves and society. She completed a Masters in Public Art at the Bauhaus University Weimar, specializing in community engagement and participatory strategies and co-founded the Process Institute, the Berlin based artist collective. She currently lives in Vancouver and teaches Social Practice at Emily Carr University.

Conversations on Collecting: Acts of Care in Collecting

Thursday, June 27, 7:00-8:00pm

Person/ne, Installation shot

Griffin Art Projects founders Henning and Brigitte Freybe and Vancouver-based collector Bruce Wright, who support art in Vancouver and internationally, will discuss their histories of collecting and their decades-long relationships with artists in a moderated, round table format. Building on one of Griffin’s mandates to bring privately held art collections to public access, this new and ongoing series, presented in partnership with the Contemporary Art Society Vancouver, will open up the process of collecting to the public.

Curator's Tour with Lisa Baldissera

Saturday, June 22, 1:00-2:00pm

Person/ne, Installation shot

Join Lisa Baldissera for a tour of the current exhibition, Person/ne.

Tea Ceremony Performance with Lam Wong: MA No.2 - The Stillness Between Movements

Saturday, June 15, 1:00-2:00pm

Lam Wong

Griffin Art Projects Residency, 1180 Welch Street, North Vancouver, BC, V7P 2R5

Wong is a Vancouver-based contemporary artist whose family background has revolved around the art of tea for over 15 generations. Situating traditions of Chinese style tea ceremony (gongfu cha) within his practice as a visual artist, Wong will offer tea to visitors as an opportunity for connection and contemplation within his work space in Griffin’s residency studio.

Open Studio and artist talks with residency artists Janet Werner and Adrian Norvid

Saturday, May 11, 1:00-3:30 PM

1:00-3:00pm Open Studio at Griffin Art Projects Artist Residency

2:00pm Talks with Janet Werner (Residency and Person/ne artist, Montreal) and Adrian Norvid (Residency Artist, Montreal)

Griffin Art Projects Residency, 1180 Welch St, North Vancouver, BC, V7P 2R5

Janet Werner (Montreal) is a painter whose work has focused for many years on the fictional portrait. Her recent paintings are based on figures drawn from popular culture, including models, dolls, celebrities and figurines. In her current portrait series icons and archetypes of innocence and beauty are divorced from their original contexts and resituated in her paintings so that the “portraits” become vehicles for an exploration of subjectivity, desire, seduction and transformation.

Werner has shown widely in Canada at public and private galleries as well as artist-run centres. Selected solo shows include the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts, Montreal, Art Gallery of Windsor, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Ottawa Art Gallery, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art and the Musée du Québec. Internationally, her work was presented at the Prague Biennale She has received numerous awards including the Canada Council New York studio and Paris studio.

More information on Werner’s work can be found here: http://momus.ca/janet-werners-truer-subject-the-women-unseen/

Adrian Norvid (Montreal) was born in the U.K. and currently lives and works in Montreal. His production focuses on immersive drawn environments with large-scale drawings, paper constructions and modified found objects. Norvid’s concerns center around popular imagery, vernacular and kitsch with sources ranging from Psychedelia to Georgian era illustration. Recent shows include: Wrongo and Finkola High/The Cantankerous Krank at Galerie Joyce Yahouda in Montreal; Dummkopf at Galerie Julia Garnatz in Cologne, Germany; Goodnight Irene with Jason Mc Clean at Jessica Bradley Art and Projects in Toronto; the Montreal Triennial; and Showstoppers, Whoppers, Downers and Out of Towners which toured to the Art Gallery of Windsor, Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, the Rooms in St Johns and the McIntosh Gallery at the University of Western in London, Ontario. Adrian Norvid is represented in Montreal by Galerie Joyce Yahouda. Norvid’s book Nogoodniks was published by Drawn and Quarterly in Montreal in 2011.

Proximities: Dialogues with artists from Person/ne

Saturday, May 11, 1:00-3:30 PM

Featured speakers include:

Ann Newdigate (Artist, Hornby Island) in conversation with Helen Marzolf (Artist and Curator, Victoria)

Mahdyar Jamshidi (Artist, Tehran) in conversation with Elham Puria Mehr (Curator, Vancouver)

Pierre Coupey (Artist, Vancouver) on the work of his grandfather, Léon Coupey, with Lisa Baldissera (Director, Griffin Art Projects)

Tea Ceremony Performance with Lam Wong: MA No.1 - The Space Between Objects (Wu/Mu)

Friday, May 10, 6:00-7:00 PM

Join us prior to the opening of Person/ne for a performance and tea ceremony by Lam Wong within his installation in the exhibition. Wong is a Vancouver-based contemporary artist whose family background has revolved around the art of tea for over 15 generations. Situating traditions of Chinese style tea ceremony (gongfu cha) within his practice as a visual artist, Wong will offer tea to gallery visitors as an opportunity for connection and contemplation to begin the exhibition.

Reading: George Bowering, Daphne Marlatt, Maria Hindmarch, Fred Wah from TISH

Saturday, April 6, 3pm

George Bowering, Daphne Marlatt, Maria Hindmarch, Fred Wah

George Bowering is the oldest surviving editor of Tish. He apparently won’t stop writing books, and keeps reading books by his teachers and companions. He has the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia. He recently published half a book with New Star Books. George Stanley wrote the other half. Speaking of visual artists: his work has been influenced by and decorated by Roy Kiyooka, Gordon Payne, Brian Fisher, Greg Curnoe, Jack Chambers, Pierre Coupey and Charles Pachter.

Gladys Maria Hindmarch was born in Ladysmith on Vancouver Island and earned a BA and MA from the University of British Columbia. A lyrical prose writer, Hindmarch is author of The Peter Stories (1976) and a two pregnancies one birth narrative, A Birth Account ; and a twenty linked stories about working on a coastal freighter up and down the outside coast of Vancouver Island, The Watery Part of the World. She was one of the editors of the second phase of the poetry newsletter, TISH. Hindmarch taught in the 60s at Vancouver Community College and from the 70s to early 2000s at Capilano College.

Daphne Marlatt, (born July 11, 1942 in Melbourne, Australia), is a Canadian poet who lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. At a young age her family moved to Malaysia and at age nine they moved back to British Columbia, where she attended the University of British Columbia. There she developed her poetry style and her strong feminist views. In 1968, she received an MA in comparative literature from Indiana University. Her poetry, while considered extremely dense and difficult, is also much acclaimed. In 2006, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

B.C. poet Fred Wah’s most recent book is a collaboration with Rita Wong about the Columbia River,beholden: a poem as long as the river. Talonbooks also recently published Scree: The Collected Earlier Poems, 1962-1991. High Muck a Muck: Playing Chinese, An Interactive Poem, is available online, http://highmuckamuck.ca/.

Reading: Travis O’Brian ‘Raven with Robin's Egg’

Saturday, March 30, 3:00PM

the poets have always preceded

Travis O'Brian is an Anglican Priest, and rector of St. Barnabas Church in Victoria. He has a doctorate in philosophy from the Katholiek Universiteit, Leuven in Belgium, and wrote his dissertation on the work of Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard. For the past few years, Travis was Director of Anglican Studies at the Vancouver School of Theology, and is currently a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Victoria. One of his primary interests, which shapes both his academic writing and his poetry, is to engage what he understands to be the spiritual crisis of our modern, secular age. His long poem Raven with Robin's Egg, is an attempt to do so on a number of different levels: the emptying of language, fear of the unknowable and the technological society's 'elimination of chance,' the breakdown of relationships, the confusion and uncertainty around the question, 'in what can we put our hope?'

Touch Change, Open Studio and Performance Event with Zoe Kreye

Saturday, March 30, 12:00-3:00 PM

Zoe Kreye

Held at the Griffin Art Projects Residency, 1180 Welch Street, North Vancouver

Please join us for Touch Change, an open studio and performance event with Griffin Art Project's current artist-in-residence Zoe Kreye. The day will be ever-evolving and include many participants. Guests are encouraged to come at 12:00pm to interact and engage with the studio installation. Performance will be focused from 12:30 - 2:30pm. Researchers and performers will inhabit the installation responding to the score: Rest, Touch, Read, Fruit, Song, Dance, Witness. 

Zoe Kreye (Vancouver): Touch Change “Focusing this residency period on intuitive research methods and topics, including: sensation, body knowledge, feminist somatics, movement, care, discovering spaces of past/future, myths and the stories we need to hear, listening, ethereal collaborations, vulnerable observation, creating from what I know is there not from what I see,” says Kreye. “I have a keen interest in letting the body guide us beyond the present to touch true alternatives, ones that we may not recognize or even know how to touch.” Kreye will also undertake an Instagram takeover at Griffin during the course of her residency.

Zoe Kreye creates inter-disciplinary art projects that explore transformation, collective experience and negotiations of public space. Her work looks to engage the public in relations and aesthetics, with the goal of building inclusive, bottom-up associations that have the potential to be small catalysts for change within dominant social systems. Often looking outside the realm of art, her projects take the form of clubs, workshops, rituals, dialogues and journeys. Her focus is to encourage people towards self-reflection and a deeper engagement with themselves and society. She completed a Masters in Public Art at the Bauhaus University Weimar, specializing in community engagement and participatory strategies and co-founded the Process Institute, the Berlin based artist collective. She currently lives in Vancouver and teaches Social Practice at Emily Carr University.

Poets Theatre Workshop

Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10

Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian

Poets Theatre Workshop


Workshop dates: March 9 and 10th

Public performances: March 10th, 7PM at Griffin Art Projects

In conjunction with the exhibition the poets have always preceded, Griffin Art Projects and The Capilano Review have teamed up to host a Poets Theatre Workshop with Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian.

San Francisco-based writers Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian will be in Vancouver for two days to lead a brief, but intense course in Poets Theatre that will culminate in a live performance on Sunday, March 10 within the exhibition. Bellamy and Killian have worked steadily in the long-running Poets Theatre in the Bay Area since the late 1980s and between them have written parts of, or all of, nearly fifty plays, in collaboration with such English language poets as Leslie Scalapino, Barbara Guest, Brian Kim Stefans, Norma Cole, and dozens of others. We're going to write a series of short ten minute plays, rewrite them, cast them, stage them, direct them, panic about them, cut those terrible slow first ten minutes from them, and then on Sunday afternoon we'll deliver a fully participatory, multimedia extravaganza like Peter Brook or Robert Wilson might do if they had only a tiny budget and actors better at being poets than stars. But as Aleister Crowley said, in Vancouver, "The joy of life consists in the exercise of one's energies, continual growth, constant change, the enjoyment of every new experience. To stop means simply to die." All welcome to participate—every man and every woman is a star.

Dodie Bellamy is the 2018–19 subject of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts’ On Our Mind program, a yearlong series of public events, commissioned essays, and reading-group meetings inspired by an artist’s writing and lifework. Her most recent collection of writing is When the Sick Rule the World (Semiotext(e), 2015). Her essay “The Beating of Our Hearts” was presented at the 2014 Whitney Biennial. With Kevin Killian, she edited, (Nightboat Books, 2017) Writers Who Love Too Much: New Narrative 1977–1997.

Kevin Killian, one of the original “New Narrative” writers, has written three novels, Shy (1989), Arctic Summer (1997), and Spreadeagle (2012), three books of stories, and four books of poetry, most recently Tweaky Village from Wonder Books. New projects include a volume of memoirs, Fascination, edited by Andrew Durbin, from Semiotexte (December); and Stage Fright: Plays from San Francisco Poets Theater, from Kenning Editions in Chicago (in February 2019). He teaches writing to MFA students at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

Limited spaces available in the workshop. Register now!

To register, please visit, https://thecapilanoreview.com/workshop/.

We Are Here, A Roundtable Discussion on Mapping, Cosmology and Worldmaking

Saturday, March 2, 1:00-2:30 PM

Mahdyar Jamshidi

Join Griffin Art Projects Residency Artists Mahdyar Jamshidi and Zoe Kreye, independent curator Elham Puriya Mehr and senior Canadian painter Landon Mackenzie for presentations and discussion on embodied research and the interdisciplinary nature of creating methods for navigating experience, examining ideas of worldmaking in geo-political, social, sensory and psychic realms.

This event will take place during GAP’s Open House for the weekend of the North Shore Art Crawl.

Reading: Mackenzie Ground, Rhoda Rosenfeld and Fenn Stewart organized by Catriona Strang

Saturday, February 23, 3pm

Trudy Rubenfeld

Mackenzie Ground is a writer from Enoch Cree Nation and Edmonton, Alberta. She is a PhD student at Simon Fraser University. Her writing explores the spaces of the city and the reserve, what does it mean to be here and to be a nehiyaw iskwew, and how can writing give back. She is honoured and thankful for her family and friends' support.

Rhoda Rosenfeld is a visual artist and poet whose work is concerned with perception and light. A photographic work, Environmental Opera, was shown recently at the Belkin Gallery. Her poetry has been published in magazines such as The Capilano Review, Zarf 2 and Yellowfield.

Fenn Stewart reads and writes in Vancouver, BC, on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh land. She is an editor at The Capilano Review, a lecturer at UBC, and the author of Better Nature (2017), as well as the chapbooks An OK Organ Man (2012), Vegetable Inventory (2013), and from Waltzing (2014).


Reading: Andrea Actis, Danielle LaFrance and Dorothy Trujillio Lusk

Saturday, February 16, 3pm

Geoffrey Farmer

Andrea Actis lives on occupied Coast Salish lands and teaches literature and writing at Capilano University and Emily Carr University of Art + Design. A former editor of the literary and visual-arts journal The Capilano Review, she has published poetry and criticism in Fence, Pelt, World Picture, and The Poetic Front. She is close to finishing a book about competing definitions of seriousness that is also a book about the formalism, conservatism, and voyeurism of whiteness, and has recently completed an autoconceptualist project about her dead father and aliens.

Danielle LaFrance lives on occupied and stolen xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw, and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ lands. She is a poet, community librarian, and independent scholar, among other things, venusian, anarcha-feminist, stupid ... She is the author of species branding (CUE 2010), Friendly + Fire (Talonbooks 2016), and the chapbook Pink Slip (SIC 2013), with a forthcoming book of poetry and autotheory JUST LIKE I LIKE IT expected Autumn 2019 with Talonbooks. Her more recent poetry project #postdildo thinks and acts through fucking, fantasy, rape culture, and modes of communication. She is committed to listening, addressing, and responding to the radical root of things. Her favourite colour is purple. Her favourite word is no.

Dorothy Trujillo Lusk is a Vancouver-based writer. Her books include Ogress Oblige (Krupskaya, 2001), Oral Tragedy (Tsunami Editions, 1988), Redactive (Talonbooks, 1990, pulped 1995), Volume Delays(Sprang Texts, 1995), and Sleek Vinyl Drill (Thuja, 2000). She is associated with the collectives Vultures, Red Queen, the Kootenay School of Writing, and About a Bicycle.


Reading: Tiziana La Melia, Judith Penner and Renee Rodin

Saturday, February 9, 3 pm

Tiziana La Melia

Tiziana La Melia is the author of The Eyelash and the Monochrome (Talonbooks, 2018) and Oral Like Cloaks, Dialect (Blank Cheque Press, 2015/2018). Exhibitions of her work include Garden Gossip, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff (2017-18); Ambivalent Pleasures, The Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver (2016-17); Down to Write You This Poem Sat, Oakville Galleries, Oakville (2016); The Pigeon Looks for Death in the Space Between the Needle and the Haystack, Unit 17, Vancouver (2018); Broom Emotion, galerie anne baurrault, Paris (2017); Domestic like a Pre-raphaelite brotherhood, Truth and Consequences, Geneva (2017); Stopping the Sun in its Course, Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles (2015). Her poetry and criticism has appeared in Art21, Public, Charcuterie, The Capilano Review and C Magazine.

As a UBC student in the 60s Judith Penner sat at Robert Duncan’s feet in the Tallman’s living room. She didn’t call herself a writer then, but left the country, worked for the ICA in London and wrote professionally in the U.K. and Canada until a film project did her in and she stopped. She sold books in Vancouver, taught yoga in several countries and became an editor, often for the VAG. After a long hiatus, her poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in a number of art and literary publications. Her chapbook A Bed of Half Full: a landscape (Nomados Literary Publishers) came out in 2018.

Renee Rodin has lived her entire life on unceded Indigenous territory/land. She was born and raised in Montreal (Park Extension) by working class Jewish parents. She’s been living in Vancouver (Kitsilano) since the late 60s. Her books are “Bread and Salt” (Talon, 1996) and “Subject To Change” (Talon, 2010) and the chapbook “Ready for Freddy” (Nomados, 2005). She still hopes to find whatever it is she’s looking for in writing.


Reading Group: Performativity as Technique of the Self

Saturday, December 8th, 1-2:30 PM

Please join us for a public reading group and discussion led by Griffin’s Curatorial Assistants, Mitra Kazemi and Bahar Mohazabinia.
The works in Griffin Art Projects’ current exhibition, Flower Petal Tongues, are united by their relation to performance and performativity, either as text, documentation, or objects. In conjunction with the central themes of the exhibition, which highlight spectatorship, durational viewing, and object-to-body relations, we will read from the chapter ‘The Young-Girl as Technique of the Self’ in Preliminary Materials For a Theory of the Young-Girl by Tiqqun. A mediation on the “anthropomorphosis of Capital” in modern society, and expressed in dozens of disjointed, cryptic theses, Theory of the Young-Girl diagnoses the the forms of the ‘living spectacle’ that have emerged in the wake of Capital’s total colonization of the feminine, consumptive, reproductive, and bodily spheres of life. Tiqqun proposes the format of the ‘Young-Girl’ as a way of speaking about the disorientating feminization of consumption and self-hood within capitalism. To create a historical basis for our discussion, we will also be reading from a short selection of materials by feminist theorist Silvia Federici and philosopher Giorgio Agamben.
In this public program, we will collectively read excerpts from the texts and discuss them in relation to the works on view in Flower Petal Tongues. We will encourage open discussion and engagement with the texts and the artworks to conceptualize new meanings and nuanced interpretations of artmaking and objecthood through the figure of the ‘Young-Girl.’

Readings:
“Identity without the Person” (pg. 46-54) in Nudities by Giorgio Agamben. (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2011).
“Why Sexuality is Work” (pg. 23-27) in Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle by Silvia Federici. (Oakland: PM Press, 2012).
“The Young-Girl as Technique of the Self” (pg 48-61), in Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young Girl by Tiqqun. (Los Angeles: Semiotext(e), 2012).

Please email info@griffinartprojects.ca for advance copies of the readings. Hard copies will be available on the day of. Familiarity with the material is preferable, but we will also be reading the texts aloud together at the session.

This event is free and open to the public. Coffee and refreshments will be served.


Exhibition Tour with Corrie Jackson

Saturday, September 15th, 3 PM

Annette Kelm

Griffin Art Projects is pleased to present our fall exhibition, Flower Petal Tongues, curated by RBC Senior Curator Corrie Jackson.

The exhibition presents work resulting from or inducing the action of performance, either as text, documentation, or objects. All works are selected from private collections from across Canada, furthering the element of the ongoing, intimate performance of living with works of contemporary art. In this way, the exhibition explores the sensual awareness of viewership, the echoing of the object in the body. The investigation, presented here through a selection of works, draw from the artist’s own interest in performance, spectatorship, and durational viewing. The pieces themselves draw upon the intimate act of looking and the durational dialogue that springs between the viewer and the object.

Corrie Jackson, RBC Senior Curator, joined RBC in 2014, overseeing the management and strategy of the RBC Corporate Art Collection. Previ­ously she worked at the University of Toronto art Museum, at Sotheby’s Canada, and as an independent curator. She finished her Masters in Visual Studies, Curatorial Practice at the University of Toronto with a focus on contemporary Canadian artists. Jackson’s curatorial interests focus on cross-generational dialogues and developing the role of collections as accountable and inclusive narratives.


Dark Matters: Performative Lectures by Randy Lee Cutler and Marina Roy

Saturday, August 18

Marina Roy

Join us for the final day of our current exhibition zero, ground, for a set of performative lectures by local artists, Randy Lee Cutler and Marina Roy.

While the primary concerns of the exhibition pivot around figure-ground relations and the potential of blackness as a formal negation, Cutler and Roy will approach these theoretical ideas in a literal sense by considering two potent black substances found in the ground. Coal and petroleum products, as cultural and environmental ciphers, collapse discreet disciplinary knowledge into new arrangements, informing the ways in which their raw materiality is transformed into a resource, a commodity and an inspiration for art making. A creative and destructive force, they are powerful and troubling symbols of energy, waste and transformation. – Randy Lee Cutler

Cutler and Roy will each present their recent bodies of research into coal and petroleum products respectively, incorporating responses to the exhibition into their performative talks.

Randy Lee Cutler is a Vancouver based writer, artist and educator. Through the intersections of gender, art, science and technology Cutler investigates the emergence of new cultural forms and expression. Cutler maintains a collaborative research practice that is engaged with the intersections of materiality storytelling and magic. Her 2016 multi platform project SaltWalks: Three Movements included a series of walks and a video in which she explored the enduring relationship civilizations have had with salt, from its importance in food preservation and healing to more aesthetic and philosophical implications.

Cutler is a Professor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in the Faculty of Art. In addition to her performance and video work, she contributes essays to catalogues and magazines while maintaining an experimental relationship to pedagogy, hospitality and embodiment.

Marina Roy is a Vancouver-based artist whose research practice investigates materiality, ecology, post-humanism and psychoanalysis. Working across a variety of media, Roy creates visual languages in which human, animal, plant, mineral and microbial life coalesce into new formations, challenging the way nature is conceptualised in industrialized cultures. In 2016, she completed a temporary public installation for the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Offsite location which broached ecological issues through the use of tar, bitumen and plastics.

Roy has participated in exhibitions across Canada, as well as in Europe, India and the US, and was the recipient of the VIVA Award in 2010. She is Associate Professor of visual arts in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia.


Performance by Guadalupe Martinez

Saturday August 11

Guadalupe Martinez

This event has been rescheduled to Saturday, August 11, 2:00 pm.

Guadalupe Martinez will respond to the exhibition through a performative action that animates the landscape surrounding the gallery space, its materiality, and the silent connections that are established, disrupted, and evoked through the artistic narrative of the show.

Guadalupe Martinez is an artist, researcher and educator living in Vancouver, BC. Her practice explores the poetic and political relationship between the body, memory and place. Through a research-based process, Martinez creates installations and performances that look at the invisibility of particular narratives and their historical relation to time and place. Martinez is a Sessional Instructor in Performance Art and Actions at UBC.Her ongoing research in Performance Art and Pedagogy infuses her teaching practice with notions of embodiment, phenomenology, healing, and decolonization of bodies and institutions.

View Guadalupe Martinez’s extended biography here.


Black Origins: Frank Stella’s Black Paintings

Saturday August 11

events/Frank Stella

Saturday August 11, 1:00 pm

Join exhibition curator Lee Plested for a presentation on these early, career making works by Frank Stella and their subsequent realization in the Gemini editioned lithographs featured in the current exhibition. Plested will discuss the historical influences on Stella’s mechanical approach to painting, arguing for the social potential of these otherwise formalist works. The Black Paintings, as they are now known, are often cited as the works that signalled the turn away from the romantic individualism of Abstract Expressionism. Plested will explore the possibilities inherent in this new mode of picture making, how the works were described at that time, and their subsequent contribution to a formalist discussion of art’s potential.

Lee Plested is a Vancouver based curator and writer. Plested has organized numerous exhibitions for galleries across the US and Canada including American Gothic: Regionalist Portraiture from the Collection of UC Davis; Common Threads for the Confederation Centre, PEI and Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary; Material Witness: Mario Garcia Torres and Konrad Wendt for the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, UBC, Vancouver; and Primary Research Lab from the collection of Western Gallery at Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA. His writing has appeared in Canadian Art, Momus, Art 21 and Artforum. Currently, Plested is Director of Griffin Art Projects where he recently curated Lewis Baltz: Portfolios and Civilization (inverted), an extensive exhibition of Canadian painter Paul P, in collaboration with Scrap Metal Gallery, Toronto.


Zeros and Ones: Reading Group with Steven Cottingham

Saturday July 28

Steven Cottingham

Join Artist-in-Residence Steven Cottingham and Programs Coordinator Laurie White for a reading and discussion.

In Zeros and Ones, feminist scholar Sadie Plant considers how the digital binary has extended across Western cosmology to characterise the world as a relation between activity and passivity. In this way, ‘male and female’ can be read not only as ‘one and zero’, but also as ‘figure and ground’. An alternative model can be found in Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari’s concept of smooth and striated space, where what matters most are the movements between states, rather than the states themselves.

In this public program, we will elaborate on figure/ground relationships in order to discuss and critically reflect on the works in the exhibition. Combining Plant’s observations with Deleuze and Guattari’s ideas allows the possibility of upending conventional modes of interpreting images, wherein the figure plays an active role posed against the passive surface, to consider ground as an actor in its own right.

Readings:

Plant, Sadie, Zeroes and Ones: Digital Women and the New Technoculture, (London: Fourth Estate, 1997): “Binaries” 32-25, “Holes” 55-57.

Deleuze, Gilles and Felix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus trans. Brian Massumi, (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1987): “The Aesthetic Model” 492-500.

Please email Laurie White for advance copies of the readings. Hard copies will be available on the day. We will read passages aloud at the session but familiarity of the readings in advance is preferable.

Steven Cottingham is an artist and curator based in Vancouver. His recent work investigates the spectral qualities of material culture and labour. He is the founder of the Calgary Biennial, an extra-institutional exhibition of contemporary art in public spaces. The most recent program, titled Atlas Sighed, endeavoured to appropriate commercial sites of the urban landscape, such as bill boards and bus shelters, in order to challenge conservative paradigms of image production. Cottingham holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia. His work has been included in exhibitions across the US and Canada, as well as several locations in Europe and Cuba. Laurie White is a curator and writer based in Vancouver whose research aims to locate ecological methodologies in artistic practice, theory and curation. A graduate student in Critical and Curatorial Studies and UBC, White has worked with the fifty fifty arts collective, Victoria, The Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, and documenta 14, Kassel. She recently curated We Built a House Out of The Things We Had Gathered at Or Gallery, Vancouver, which considered assemblage as a mode of ecological participation in the work of artists from Canada and Norway.

Laurie White is a curator and writer based in Vancouver whose research aims to locate ecological methodologies in artistic practice, theory and curation. A graduate student in Critical and Curatorial Studies and UBC, White has worked with the fifty fifty arts collective, Victoria, The Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, and documenta 14, Kassel. She recently curated We Built a House Out of The Things We Had Gathered at Or Gallery, Vancouver, which considered assemblage as a mode of ecological participation in the work of artists from Canada and Norway


Curator Tour with Lee Plested

Saturday, July 28

Andy Warhol

Join zero, ground curator, Lee Plested for a tour of the exhibition.

zero, ground brings together a range of modern and contemporary works by international artists that investigate the potential of darkness and the monochrome. Taking inspiration for its title from 0, 10 The Last Futurist Exhibition, this project considers the impact of formal negation as a device since the obliterating effect of Malevich’s Black Square (1915).

Lee Plested is a Vancouver based curator and writer. Plested has organized numerous exhibitions for galleries across the US and Canada including American Gothic: Regionalist Portraiture from the Collection of UC Davis; Common Threads for the Confederation Centre, PEI and Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary; Material Witness: Mario Garcia Torres and Konrad Wendt for the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, UBC, Vancouver; and Primary Research Lab from the collection of Western Gallery at Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA. His writing has appeared in Canadian Art, Momus, Art 21 and Artforum. Currently, Plested is Director of Griffin Art Projects where he recently curated Lewis Baltz: Portfolios and Civilization (inverted), an extensive exhibition of Canadian painter Paul P, in collaboration with Scrap Metal Gallery, Toronto.


Aesthetic Contemplation with Tea

Saturday, July 21, 2:00 pm

Saturday, July 21, 2:00 pm

This event is limited to ten guests, please RSVP to register at info@griffinartprojects.ca.

Join artist Lam Wong for an intercultural tea gathering and conversation exploring the works in zero, ground. Lam is a contemporary painter, designer and scholar of Eastern philosophies whose family background has revolved around the art of tea for over 15 generations. Continuing these traditions of Chinese style tea ceremony (gongfu cha) and tea meditation, guests are invited to participate in aesthetic dialogues through spiritual and cultural communion. The journey goes from light to dark tea, over two hours, with periods of looking, drinking and discussing.


Exhibition Tour in Farsi

Saturday July 14, 2:00 pm

Tacita Dean, LA Exuberance 14, 2016. 3-colour blend lithograph on paper. Private collection.

Join Curatorial Assistants Bahar Mohazabnia and Mitra Kazemi for a tour of the exhibition in Farsi.


Denzil Hurley Artist Talk

Saturday July 7, 2:00 pm

Denzil Hurley, Glyph in Five Parts, 2016-18, Oil on Linen with Stick. Courtesy of the Artist.

Join artist Denzil Hurley for an artist talk and discussion on his series of Glyph paintings on display in zero, ground. In this series, monochrome canvasses are repeatedly layered with paint that is then partially scraped off to create tears and ruptures through their textured surfaces. Resembling protest placards, the paintings are mounted on found poles and broom handles, realizing assertive declarations of oblivion. These works were included in Hurley’s 2017 solo exhibition Disclosures at the Seattle Art Museum. Hurley will discuss the ways in which legacies of minimalism and abstraction influence his work, as well as ideas about protest, ingenuity and self censorship.

Denzil Hurley is an abstract painter based in Seattle. His interests in modular forms and structures involving squares and rectangles lead him to consider the interconnectivity and conjunctions of paintings and signs, material and meaning, presence and absence, and the languages of painting and speech. He earned his BFA at the Portland Museum Art School, Oregon, and his MFA at Yale University. Until 2017, he was professor of Painting and Drawing in the School of Art + Art History + Design at the University of Washington, Seattle where he taught for over two decades.

Additional reading:

Denzil Hurley’s Monochromes-on-a-Stick: Corn-dog Reinhardts?

The Art of Reduction: Denzil Hurley

Denzil Hurley at the Seattle Art Museum

View Denzil Hurley’s extended biography here.


Amber Frid-Jimenez and T’ai Smith discuss Burning Ballet Méchanique

Saturday June 30, 2:00 pm

Amber Frid-Jimenez, Burning Ballet Mécanique, 2018, Video 16min. Courtesy of the artist.

Saturday June 30, 2:00 pm

Join Amber Frid-Jimenez and T’ai Smith as they discuss Frid-Jimenez’s work in the exhibition, Burning Ballet Méchanique. The piece’s title refers to the 1924 experimental film Ballet Méchanique by artist Fernand Léger and filmmaker Dudley Murphy. This early dadaist work produced a psychological meditation on mechanised technology in the wake of the First World War, an early realization of the uncanny dimensions of an increasingly industrialised Europe. After deconstructing this film into sequential frames, Frid-Jimenez uses these images to “train” an artificial neural network, or AI, which then produces a new composite film automatically. Citing the history of the film score, Smith and Frid-Jimenez will discuss the technology of AI and the invisible and recursive figure of the automaton after dada and surrealism.

Amber Frid-Jimenez is an artist based in Vancouver whose recent work explores the aesthetics and cultural mechanics of the network. Her work is situated at the intersection of contemporary art, design and technology, looking at the circulation of digital images through physical installations, visual systems, code, books and virtual platforms. Her work has been shown at the Casco Office for Art Design and Theory; the Maison Europeenne de la Photographie; the Jan van Eyck, and the Vancouver Art Gallery, among other venues. Frid-Jimenez holds an MSc in Media Arts and Sciences from the M.I.T. Media Laboratory and has a BA in visual art and philosophy from Wesleyan University. She is currently Canada Research Chair in art and design technology at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, where she directs the Studio for Extensive Aesthetics.

T’ai Smith is Associate Professor of Art History at The University of British Columbia, where she has worked on unceded Musqueam territory since 2012. Focused on issues of gender, anonymity, textile media, and political economy, she has published in various journals and museum catalogues, including Art Journal, Grey Room, Texte zur Kunst, ZMK (Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung), the Museum of Modern Art in NY, and the ICA Boston. Author of Bauhaus Weaving Theory: From Feminine Craft to Mode of Design (University of Minnesota Press, 2014), she is currently finishing a second book manuscript titled Fashion After Capital, to be published by Bloomsbury.

View Amber Frid-Jimenez’s extended biography here.

View T’ai Smith’s extended biography here.


Earth Day - Wetland Restoration Program

Saturday, April 28, 2018, All day long!

In celebration of International Earth Day, Griffin Art Projects presents a series of afternoon events reflecting on the neighboring Mackay Creek wetland, directly behind the gallery, and our collective responsibility for its protection. We encourage you to come and contemplate this important geographic site through a range of artistic events. Please join us for one, or a series, of these exciting activities!

12:00 pm, Mark Timmings and Stephen Morris, Wetland Senario, Performed by musica intima

In collaboration with the Contemporary Art Gallery, Griffin Art Projects will host Wetland Senario, a composition by Morris and Timmings based on the musical transcription of field recordings from a marsh on Saturna Island, British Columbia, and performed by the award-winning ensemble music intima.

Wetland Senario pays heed to the tiny ecosystem at a crucial time in its history: environmental reports state that frogs and songbirds are disappearing; at the same time, airplane drones and other human-made sounds are increasing. The composition’s formal purity emphasizes transparency, truth an fidelity in its approach to the soundscape. Engaged in ritual, Wetland Senario blurs the boundaries between choir, audience, and local environmental phenomena. The true performer is the wetland; the event a collective awareness of our shared, if endangered, acoustic environment.


12:30 pm, T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss, Indigenous Plant Walk

Returning to Griffin Art Projects after her 2016 residency, T’uy’t’tanat (Cease Wyss) will lead participants on a walk focusing on the Mackay Wetlands, sharing stories and cultural information about the Skwxwu7mesh peoples and her extensive knowledge of local indigenous plants and their uses. The walk will be accompanied with local indigenous iced tea from Raven Hummingbird Teas which Cease prepares with her family.


3:00 pm, Julia Alards-Tomalin, Echo Ecological - Wetlands Restoration Presentation

Local restoration activist Julia Alards-Tomalin will present the talk Undoing a Lifetime of Damage: The Ecological Restoration of Mackay Creek and Estuary and share her knowledge and experience working on restoration in this area. Ecological restoration is a worthwhile, but complex, process that has been gaining support and momentum in recent years. She will look at a case study on the restoration of MacKay Creek Estuary and the various stages that have taken place in this project from the initial gathering of support to the trials of maintaining the site.


4:00 pm, Mark Timmings and Stephen Morris, Wetland Senario, Performed by musica intima

The gallery will also host a second performance of the Wetland Senario which will be performed by musica intima from within the setting of the Mackay Wetland itself. This choral work which takes its soundscape from the wetland will be returned to a similarly fecund landscape to mix its bird calls with the ambience of our own mini ecosystem. As a third realization of this atmospheric work, there will be an evening performance in the cathedral like expanse of the Contemporary Art Gallery that evening, Saturday, April 28, 7:30pm.


This special Earth Day program is the first in what we envision as an ongoing commitment to cultural production that raises awareness of this delicate ecosystem. Griffin Art Projects is dedicated to joining these pioneering restoration efforts to protect this essential part of our environment.


Mario Asef - Artist in Residence

Friday, March 23, 7:30pm

Cenit, video, 11min, color, stereo digital – Mario Asef © 2016-17

Video screening and discussion

Please join us on Friday, March 23, at 7:30pm, for a studio based presentation of our current Artist in Residence, Mario Asef. Asef will be screening recent work Cenit, in dialogue with sculptural gestures and various publications. Refreshments and discussion will follow to further explore the themes employed in this project in relation to his overall practice. The video Cenit tells a love story that is a metaphor for the celestial moment when the sun casts no shadow. Spinoza’s Ethics and an archaeological examination of Aztec ruins serve as the point of departure for a theory of reality and emotions. In Asef’s view, reconstructing and representing real space in the mind draws on the same mental processes used for constructing the idea of love and happiness. Accordingly, wandering the earth induces an emotional experience that prompts the main character of Cenit to search for the geographical point of happiness.

Image: Cenit, video, 11min, color, stereo digital – Mario Asef © 2016-17


Griffin Art Projects For Children

Saturday, March 17, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Faramarz Pilaram

Ages 6 – 12 years

Share an artful afternoon together with painter and educator Julie Pappajohn through the extraordinary art works of the exhibition Modernism in Iran. Join a lively discussion and engaging activities, including a fun, interactive mixed media art project. Julie has facilitated art education for over 15 years on the North Shore.

Note that this event is limited to 10 participants, accompanied by an adult. Please register by emailing us at info@griffinartprojects.ca


Aesthetic Contemplation with Tea

Saturday, March 31, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Lam Wong

Saturday, March 31, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Join artist Lam Wong for an intercultural tea gathering and conversation exploring the modernist art of Iran. Lam is a contemporary painter, designer and scholar of Eastern philosophies whose family background has revolved around the art of tea for over 15 generations. Continuing these traditions of Chinese style tea ceremony (gongfu cha) and tea meditation, guests are invited to participate in aesthetic dialogues through spiritual and cultural communion.


Curator’s Tea & Tours: Pantea Haghighi

Saturday, March 3, 2:00 – 4:00 pm and Saturday, March 17, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Mansour Ghandriz

Please join us for guided tours with curator Pantea Haghighi in both English and Farsi, to learn more about the works in Modernism in Iran. From 1958 – 1978, Iranian cultural practices underwent a dramatic transformation, signaling widespread and diverse approaches to conveying contemporary Iranian experiences. New visual languages were created, which resulted in a bifurcation of art production into a national artistic identity on the one hand, and one heavily influenced by “Westernization” on the other. Visitors are invited to learn about the experimentation and innovation in artistic practices that emerged during this time.


Burnt Offering

Oraf Orafsson, 1971

Saturday, December 9, 8pm

For the last thirty years, Vancouver artist Oraf Orafsson has worked in film, video, performance, and installation. Performing across Canada and the US, Orafsson’s projects have addressed postwar politics, oppositional cultural movements, and AIDS activism. He will present a new performance, Burnt Offering, in conjunction with our current exhibition, Civilization (inverted).

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Caption: Oraf Orafsson, First Work of Complete Fiction as Burnt Offering, 1971


Local Designer Jewelry Event

Tania Gleave and Dina González Mascaró Local Designer Jewelry Event Friday November 24, 6-9pm Saturday November 25, 11-5pm

We are proud to host two distinguished local designers for a two day presentation of their new work at the gallery. Please join us on Friday evening for Bubbles and Beats with DJ Quest, or all day Saturday, and get your hands on some amazing local design.

Dina González Mascaró lives and works in Vancouver. Trained as a sculptor in her native Argentina, DGM works in an -open space - overlap space - non place- between the art and design world. It is within that gap where González Mascaró displays her (always three-dimensional) view of things… expressed in works where structure, rubble, architecture are present.

wood. stone. horn. skin. metal. bone. paint. These are the current materials found in Tania Gleave’s art and design. She travels to corners of the planet to source all kinds of natural materials and returns to her Vancouver studio to combine them into textural compositions that reflect her lifelong interest in art, printmaking, architecture, design and things hand made. Tania received a degree ( Asian Studies and Japanese) from the University of Victoria, and a diploma in Textile Art and Design (Capilano College). She has studied drawing, print making and metal sculpture at Emily Carr University. In 2014 she was a recipient of the BC Creative Achievement Award.


Catalogue Launch

Join us in launching two new publications which document the exhibitions Woosh and Surrogates, curated by Helga Pakasaar. These first exhibitions hosted by the gallery, and drawn entirely from private collections, display the remarkable, museum quality works collected locally.


Indigenous Plant Diva Walking Tour

As a final part of her residency at Griffin Art Projects, T’uy’t’tanat-Cease Wyss led participants on a walk along the Spirit Trail and shared stories and cultural information about the Skwxwu7mesh peoples as well as incorporated her knowledge about local indigenous plants and their uses. The walk was accompanied with local indigenous iced tea that Cease Wyss prepared to carry on the journey.

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Michael Bauer in Conversation

Please join us at Griffin Art Projects for a conversation on the work of our spring artist in residence, Michael Bauer. We will present this public conversation between Michael Bauer and GAP Director Lee Plested on Saturday, April 22, 3pm.

The discussion will centre around Bauer’s influences, approach to painting and the evolution of his pictorial language over the last 20 years. He will also play samples of the music he makes, which we will be broadcasting on our website. Please visit and subscribe to keep up on the downloads.

The uncertain and the uncanny often act as organizing devices in the paintings of Michael Bauer. Like the writing of George Bataille, his image systems utilize the ghoulish and discarded to float as defiant signifiers which are set loose to negotiate fields of defecated smears and corporal masses of painterly surface. Essentially a hermetic mode of research, Bauer is dedicated to the act of painting as enquiry, even if this work is done in a subjective pictorial language. This reckless reasoning is often framed by categorizing elements (sometimes in the form of a demarcating border, sometimes as an architectural detail) that define the picture plane as a field of linguistic research, but one dedicated to an improvisational and intuitive image-based mapping of contemporary human experience.

The gallery is currently presenting the exhibition Lewis Baltz, Portfolios, from the collection of David Knaus, Palm Springs and Selections from the Collection of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft.


Lewis Baltz Panel Discussion

Griffin Art Projects is happy to present a panel on the life and work of Lewis Baltz. Collectors Claudia Beck, Vancouver, and David Knaus, Palm Springs, will be joined by Vancouver artist Christos Dikeakos for a lively afternoon discussion.

Drawn entirely from the private collection of David Knaus, Palm Springs, the exhibition is an opportunity to experience Baltz’s early work in its intended form, organized in grids of images from portfolios of serial shots. This is the first solo exhibition of Lewis Baltz’s concept driven photography in Vancouver. At this time, we are also presenting a concise Selection from the Collection of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft to further explore the stark photographic mode that, along with Lewis Baltz, gained attention through the 1975 exhibition New Topographics.

This exhibition has been made possible with the generous support of collectors David Knaus, Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft, Theresa Luisotti and everybody at Gallerie Luisotti, Los Angeles, Griffin Art Foundation, and our dedicated board and staff. 


Through Weight

Please join us for this special, one day only event!

Inspired by the materialist subject of Lewis Baltz’s photographic investigations and responding to the gallery’s mandate to present private collections, local artists Zoe Kreye and Guadalupe Martinez will host a Saturday gathering.

Working to understand the quiet attraction we hold for objects, our impulse desires, and how these processes accumulate in the body, the artists will lead participants through a series of framing devices to be utilized in a communal dérive. Starting in the gallery, they will go out, following their senses and intuition to explore the fields, creeks, parking lots, causeways, and their various intersections around Griffin Art Projects. Setting about to follow their desires, object collections will be accumulated and brought back to the gallery for further contemplation and discovering.

Zoe Kreye creates inter-disciplinary art projects that explore transformation, collective experience and negotiations of public. Recent projects include Our Missing Body (Western Front), FutureLoss (grunt gallery), Unlearning Walking Club (Unit Pitt), Unlearning Weekenders (Goethe Satellite Vancouver and <rotor>, Graz) and Überlebenskuns.klub (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin). She completed a MFA in Public Art at the Bauhaus University Weimar, and co-founded the Berlin based artist collective Process Institute. She is currently based in Vancouver and teaches Social Practice at Emily Carr University.

Guadalupe Martinez is an artist, researcher and educator. She is interested in the intersection between theory and embodiment, performance and pedogogy, the body and sculpture. From this perspective, her work is the consequence of a constant attempt to intervene with the present moment and through that connection, reflect larger poetic and political conditions. Guadalupe Martinez received her MFA from UBC, Vancouver, where she recently participated in the Performing Utopias conference with collaborators Guillermo Gomez and Saul Garcia Lopez.

Please meet at the gallery, this group workshop will start at 11am. See you then!


KITCHEN MIDDEN | Artist Talks with Marian Penner Bancroft and Michael Morris

Marian Penner Bancroft has been a practicing artist for over thirty years. In addition to her photography, Penner Bancroft’s practice has included text, sound, drawing, sculpture, and video work. Penner Bancroft’s collecting practice is expansive and varied, ranging from found rocks to 19th century collectibles. Penner Bancroft will discuss the personalities and memories of the objects loaned to the exhibit, addressing ideas of collecting, memory, narrative, and history.

Michael Morris has been an integral figure in the development of Vancouver’s artistic character. During his studies in London, the influence of Fluxus left a lasting impact on the artist. In this conversation with Griffin Art Project’s Director Lee Plested, Morris charts a winding path between his artistic practice over the years, the plurality of Vancouver’s art scene, as well as the impact of ceramic art and the history of ceramics on the West Coast.

Born in Chilliwack, BC, Marian Penner Bancroft studied at the University of British Columbia, the Vancouver School of Art (now the Emily Carr University of Art + Design), and Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (now Ryerson University). Penner Bancroft previous taught at Emily Carr University as an Associate Professor. In 2012, she was awarded the prestigious Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, with exhibitions at institutions including the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Michael Morris is a painter, photographer, video and performance artist and curator. His work is often media based and collaborative, involved with developing networks and in the production and presentation of new art activity. Morris studied at the University of Victoria, the Vancouver School of Art (now the Emily Carr University of Art + Design), and the Slade School, University of London. In 2011, Morris was awarded the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, and in 2012, Morris received the Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts. Morris has exhibited at institutions such as the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery.


Annual Tribute to the Arts

It’s the ‘place to be’ for anyone with a passion for the arts, this annual awards gala recognizes and honours distinguished North Shore artists, provides funding support to local artists, and fund raises to sustain the Fund for the Arts on the North Shore (FANS) and its continuing support for the creative community.

The 2016 Tribute to the Arts will shine a spotlight on the outstanding cultural and creative achievements of two deserving artists; acclaimed dancer Jennifer Mascall, and writer / animator Lynn Johnston of For Better or Worse comic strip fame. The evening includes entertainment, art exhibits, food and fun.


NO BIG PICTURE | Book Launch

Featuring an essay by curator Patrik Andersson, NO BIG PICTURE illuminates the work of Vancouver artist Enn Erisalu through a series of personal and aesthetic lenses. Drawing works from the collection of Erisalu and his partner and gallerist, Ilana Aloni, the exhibition presents the work of a dynamic and experimental painter in a conversation with the art, communities, and histories he lived with.


NO BIG PICTURE | Curator’s Tour

Please join curator Patrik Andersson for a tour of our current exhibition NO BIG PICTURE: The Personal Art of Enn Erisalu and Ilana Aloni.

NO BIG PICTURE: The Personal Art of Enn Erisalu and Ilana Aloni presents a survey of the artist Enn Erisalu (1943-2005). This exhibition does not give us a “big picture” of Erisalu’s practice, but offers a series of filters to view the extra-ordinary work. Presented alongside his art, this exhibition includes artwork from the joint collection of Erisalu and his partner, gallerist Ilana Aloni, who operated Atelier Gallery. The selected works do not only provide insight into the esoteric nature of Erisalu’s practice, but exemplify how interconnected art making, curating and collecting can be.

Patrik Andersson is a writer, critic and curator of historical and contemporary art. He teaches in the Department of Critical and Curatorial Studies at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.


Portals and Improvisations

Charlene Vickers and Chad MacQuarrie
Portals and Improvisations

In a series of in-the-moment-moments Charlene Vickers and Chad MacQuarrie will activate the gallery space using improvised sound, vocals, and performed action followed by a music set of guitar and electronics. Things to see and hear could include a Jeff Wall portal, a megaphone tutorial, invisible painting making and meditations between guitar and Kaosillator Pad. Vickers and MacQuarrie have been involved in making improvised sound together since 2014, this will mark their first exploration combining performance art and music.

This event will also mark the last day of the exhibition Surrogates.

Watch the performance.


Surrogates | RBC Collectors Panel

Griffin Art Projects and Royal Bank Collection are coming together to present an intimate discussion with RBC Assistant Curator Corrie Jackson and the collectors from our current exhibition, Surrogates.

Brigitte Freybe, Jane Irwin and Leonardo Lara all had an active life in art and design before they came to collect contemporary art. This conversation takes their common interest as a starting point to discuss their first ventures into collecting, the greatest chases, the ones that got away and the experience of living with a collection of, and passion for, contemporary art.

Corrie Jackson joined RBC as the Assistant Art Curator in 2014, overseeing the management of the RBC Corporate Art Collection. Previ­ously she worked at the Justina M. Barnicke at the University of Toronto, at Sotheby’s Canada, and as an independent curator. She finished her Masters in Visual Studies, Curatorial Practice at the University of Toronto in 2014 with a focus on contemporary art and modern and con­temporary Canadian artists.


WOOSH | Curator’s Tour

Please join Helga Pakasaar this coming Tuesday, for a tour of this inaugural exhibition.

WOOSH: From Two North Shore Collections

The exhibition brings together a breadth of contemporary artworks ranging from minimalist and conceptually-inflected approaches to social practices. Last day of the exhibition is this coming Saturday January 16, 12-5pm


CASV Site Visit of WOOSH

This is a CASV members-only event.

The Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver will meet at Griffin Art Projects for a tour of our inaugural exhibition.


Annual Tribute to the Arts

The FANS Society has been hosting an annual arts awards event, to celebrate the vibrant and accomplished North Shore artistic community, since 1995. Over the years the evening has taken on many varied formats and provided the society with the opportunity to:

– Recognize and honour nationally renowned artists who are North Shore residents. – Award arts grants to innovative local artists. – Showcase the diversity of artistic talent based on the North Shore. – Fundraise for the FANS Capital Fund.

General Admission $30.00

Photo: Don S. Williams grant recipient Maria Josenhans and FANS award winner Cori Creed


WOOSH Opening

Dear friends,

Please join us for the opening of Griffin Art Projects

Griffin Art Projects is a new art space in North Vancouver that showcases contemporary art exhibitions, primarily from private collections. The inaugural exhibition has been drawn from the collections of Brigitte and Henning Freybe and Kathleen and Laing Brown, longstanding collectors and arts philanthropists from the North Shore who have been collecting art for over forty years.

Griffin Art Projects is founded by the Freybe family.