Kathy Slade, Artist – Vancouver

Kathy Slade, from Cranfield and Slade’s 10 Riot Songs performance, 2010

Kathy Slade is an artist, writer, curator, editor, and publisher. She works across mediums and has produced textile works, prints, sculpture, film, video, performance, music projects, and publications. Her recent solo exhibitions include A Dream and a Drive in collaboration with Amber Frid-Jimenez at Monica Reyes Gallery in Vancouver, This is a Chord. This is Another. at the Surrey Art Gallery, and Blue Monday at 4COSE in London, UK. Her work has been included in group exhibitions such as One Love Leads to Another at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios in Dublin, It’s Never Too Late to Speculate at Fluc in Vienna, and Beginning with the Seventies: GLUT at Vancouver’s Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. She is also currently exhibiting at the Kunstverein Braunschweig alongside Nadia Belerique and Jeneen Frei Njootli, and she recently contributed a work to Art Metropole’s 2020 Gifts by Artists: Technical Difficulties.

  1. Crack Wars: Literature Addiction Mania by Avital Ronell

I have been reading and rereading Avital Ronell’s Crack Wars since 2013 and I am addicted. There is too little room here to convey the importance of this book, but I will say that her narcoanalysis describes being on drugs as an intertextual dosing of writers being on other writers, artists being on other artists, and philosophers being on other philosophers. It is mind-altering and has had a profound effect on my thinking and my practice. Avital Ronell is amazing. Read her!

  1. Forcibly Bewitched by Cullinan Richards

I have been bewitched by Charlotte Cullinan and Jeanine Richards (aka Cullinan Richards) from the moment I met them in the early 2000s. Since then I have been following their various collaborative artworks and publications, and have participated in projects such as their Savage School Window Gallery and 4COSE. I am awaiting the imminent arrival by post of their new book Forcibly Bewitched, published by The Everyday Press in London, but I love it already. I have some important spells I know it will help me cast.

  1. An amplification through many minds by Tanya Lukin Linklater

Tanya Lukin Linklater presented excerpts from An amplification through many minds during her recent talk at SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts. This image of dancer Ivanie Aubin-Malo performing the Fancy Shawl Dance in the collections storage in the basement of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley shows how Linklater deftly interrogates the archive as a structure by incorporating embodied responses rooted in Indigenous practice. Linklater’s work is as smart as it is stunning. I am a fan.

  1. Walking on the beach when the tide is out

Since COVID-19, I have been grateful to live a block away from the Pacific Ocean. I try to keep sane by walking on the beach. I especially love it when the tide is out because most of the time people stick close to the seawall, leaving the water’s edge empty.

  1. Kiwanuka by Michael Kiwanuka

I’ve seriously loved all of Michael Kiwanuka’s records, but his latest eponymous album from late 2019 has been my go-to during the pandemic. Songs as diverse as the uplifting You Ain’t the Problem (with its excellent soaring refrain, “la la la la la la, la la la la la”) and the deeply somber and melancholic Solid Ground transport me like a drug to a place I want to be.