The Art Caravan was happy to visit the Vancouver Art/Book Fair this past weekend. It is the only international art book fair in Canada. It’s sponsored by Project Space, and was held at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
There were social events, talks, and display booths for the participants. It was great fun to see familiar faces from Martha Street Studio and meet new people like the couple at Papirmass.
Papirmass–what a concept! For an annual (affordable) subscription fee, they deliver original art to your mailbox. How fun is that? That’s right: every month you receive an original print, accompanied by a story or poem.
Perhaps even better news –the artists and writers get paid, too! Their mandate “is to support artists and writers by expanding the audience for their work, and to create a new generation of art collectors by creating art that is accessible to all.”
Visit Papirmass’ website. Become a ‘Follower.’ They really are irresistible. (And wouldn’t a subscription — or two — make great gifts?)
On a recent visit to Vancouver, The Art Caravan visited the Vancouver Art Gallery. Sadly, the Cardiff/Miller show, Lost in the Memory Palace, (see August 4 blog entry) was in the tear down/crating stage. (Just imagine their storage issues!)
I decided to take a quick walk through the two painting shows on display….and ended up spending an enjoyable hour or two looking at some great paintings. Painted Past: A History of Canadian Painting from the Collection and Emily Carr & Landon Mackenzie: Woo Chopper and the Monkey both feature strong Canadian paintings.
So….who is Landon Mackenzie? She is a Vancouver based painter, and art professor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. (You know she’s the ‘real deal’ in Canadian art because she’s been interviewed by Bill Richardson, Vicky Gabereau AND Nora Yonge, those staples of Canadian public radio!) Early in her career, her paintings were justifiably purchased by major collections, like the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her early works are huge; many of the Lost River series are 6.5 x 7.5 feet.
Lost River Series
National Gallery of Canada
Collections of Glenbow Museum and Art Gallery of Ontario
The most surprising thing about this show, for me, was the Emily Carr work. Now, we all know who Emily Carr is…..grande dame (wouldn’t she laugh?!) of Canadian painting. I’ve seen a few Emily Carr paintings in my day (see April 30 blog posting) BUT I was blown away by the powerful paintings displayed here. Wow. This is Emily Carr at her finest.
Old Time Coast Village 1929-1930 oil on canvas
Abstract Tree Forms 1931-1932 oil on paper
Kudos to the VAG for two very strong, non-blockbuster, Canadian content shows. (And, yes! They have a great cafeteria.)
….if you’re anywhere near Vancouver this summer. The Art Caravan made a quick trip to Vancouver to see Lost in the Memory Palace: Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller at the Vancouver Art Gallery. It is definitely worth the trip. You should go. Really.
I first saw one of their works, The Paradise Institute, at Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art in Winnipeg in 2003. A few of my neighbours had expressed an interest in ‘learning about art.’ I chose The Paradise Institute for our initial excursion. ( I mean, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller represented Canada at the Venice Biennale in 2001 with The Paradise Institute. So why not start with something great, right?!)
Ha! It turned out to be ‘immersion in art.’ Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller’s installations are full on sensory experiences. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced. Sound as art? Role playing as part of the art experience? What the heck just happened???
We certainly had lots to talk about at ‘happy hour’ after that art field trip.
There are seven (yes! seven) of their installations at the VAG, including the title piece, Lost in the Memory Palace. Go straight up to the fourth floor, (ignore Douglas Copeland for the moment) and don’t miss any of them.
The Paradise Institute (exterior) by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller
The Paradise Institute (interior) by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller