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MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Limited, Cliff House, Tomlee Head, NS, 2010
Photo: Greg Richardson, Courtesy MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Limited

Vancouver Art Gallery Summer Exhibitions for 2018

Emily Carr in Dialogue with Mattie Gunterman
On view until September 3, 2018

Emily Carr in Dialogue with Mattie Gunterman unites the work of two women artists practicing in British Columbia in the early twentieth century. Presenting the paintings of Emily Carr with forty-eight photographs by US-born photographer Mattie Gunterman, this exhibition draws on the Gallery’s deep holdings of Carr’s work to reflect her engagement and affection for BC’s landscape. Like Carr, much of Gunterman’s oeuvre reflects her engagement with the BC wilderness around her, which she documented after settling in the Province in 1898. Family, friends, trappers, prospectors, miners and Gunterman herself are among the subjects featured, providing a fascinating look into her daily life.


Offsite: Shigeru Ban
On view until October 8, 2018

A new exhibition at Vancouver Art Gallery’s Offsite location (1100 West Georgia Street) features a full-scale version of renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban’s Kobe Paper Log House. Following Japan’s 1995 earthquake, Ban who is Founder of the Voluntary Architects Network, designed the Kobe Paper Log House as disaster relief shelter with his extensive knowledge of recyclable materials, particularly of paper and cardboard. This exhibition also showcases a large photomural documenting Ban’s ongoing design work on global disaster relief projects – work that in 2017 earned him the Mother Theresa Award.


Cabin Fever
On view until September 30, 2018

Cabin Fever traces the history of the North American cabin as an architectural form and cultural construct. From rustic sanctuary described in Thoreau’s Walden (1854) to minimalist homestead popularized by websites such as Cabin Porn, the North American cabin and its connotations have evolved over centuries. This exhibition traces the cabin’s evolution through renderings, artworks and commercial products as well as architectural models, plans and full-scale installations, surveying this iconic yet humble lodging’s utility, adulation and prevalence in Canada and the US.


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Reflected Forms, 1917, watercolour on paper, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Women’s Committee Cultural Fund
Photo: Stephen Topfer, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

David Milne: Modern Painting
June 16 to September 9, 2018

The Vancouver Art Gallery in collaboration with Dulwich Picture Gallery and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, with support from the National Gallery of Canada, presents David Milne: Modern Painting. Milne (1882 – 1953) enjoyed a career that spanned half the twentieth century, taking him from the bustling cityscape of New York, to the battlefields of Northern France and Belgium, and back to the wilderness of the Canadian and US landscape. During his progression as a painter, he carved out a distinguished place among Canada’s most original artists. The first major showing of Milne’s work in the country in thirty years, coming direct from its recent European debut in London, this exhibition features close to ninety works in oil and watercolour, as well as never-before-presented photographs, drawings and memorabilia.


Site Unseen
June 16 to September 9, 2018

Following David Milne: Modern Painting, which examines Milne’s innovative depiction of the landscape, Site Unseen similarly considers artists’ use of the landscape—both urban and rural—through photography, film and video. Its artists push the boundaries of their medium by introducing visual distortions or chromatic disturbances resulting from their singular processes to produce images that are uncanny—simultaneously of this world and alien. Artists include Laura Dutton, Marten Elder, Lorraine Gilbert, Rodney Graham, Mark Lewis, Thomas Ruff, and Diana Thater.


Ayumi Goto & Peter Morin: how do you carry the land?
July 14 to October 28, 2018

Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin: how do you carry the land? is a dialogue between two artists, presented via their individual and collaborative performance art practice. Goto and Morin’s work begins from thinking through their respective positions as a Japanese diasporic woman and Tahltan First Nation man in terms of deep ancestral knowledges and the ways in which their bodies and experiences are inscribed by colonialism. The exhibition weaves together a selection of Goto and Morin’s collaborative performances along with significant solo projects. Drawing from Tahltan Nation knowledge, drums, rattles, masks and other forms of cultural production are embedded with the potential to be re-activated in new contexts and in continuity with the past.


Kevin Schmidt: We Are the Robots
July 14 to October 28, 2018

British Columbia–based artist Kevin Schmidt draws upon aspects of conceptual and performance art while embodying the do-it-yourself (DIY) sensibilities of an amateur inventor. Kevin Schmidt: We Are the Robots takes its focus from his work DIY Hifi (2014), which the Vancouver Art Gallery is proud to present for the first time in North America. In it, Schmidt presents an audiophile listening room featuring gigantic stereo speakers, a kit tube amp and furniture built by Schmidt using plans posted by online audiophiles and published in DIY manuals. Visitors can bring in their own vinyl and listen to it in the Gallery. We Are the Robots also includes new sculpture and video works in which Schmidt presents other DIY experiments, such as the reconfiguration of a home appliance to generate power in the wilderness and the attention-getting potential of LED light strips placed on the Gallery's exterior.


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Shigeru Ban, Paper Log House, 2018, sitespecific installation at Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite, May 11 to October 8, 2018
Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

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Vancouver, BC, V6Z 2H7
www.vanartgallery.bc.ca
Info Line: 604.662.4719
Gallery Summer Hours: Weekdays 10am to 5pm, Tuesdays and Fridays until 9pm
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