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Or Gallery

555 Hamilton St.
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6B 2R1

T. +1 604.683.7395
E. or @ orgallery.org

Gallery hours 12 - 5PM
Tuesday - Saturday

Admission Free


curatorial-talk

Mark Lanctôt

Saturday, November 12, 4PM, 2011

The Or Gallery is pleased to present a curatorial talk by Montreal curator Mark Lanctôt. Lanctôt graduated with an MA in Art History from the Université de Montréal in 2002. He has been a curator at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal since October 2006, during which time he’s curated solo shows by Yannick Pouliot, Tacita Dean, Marcel Dzama, Runa Islam and Daniel Young & Christian Giroux as well as an exhibition of works from the Musée’s Collection entitled .other spaces. He’s co-curated the definitive retrospective of Canadian abstract artist Claude Tousignant and is once again part of the curatorial team behind the Musée’s Québec Triennial. He’s also coordinated a presentation of Israeli artist Guy Ben Ner’s Treehouse Kit and Canadian photographer Arnaud Magg’s travelling exhibition Nomenclature. Forthcoming for the Musée, he is preparing a major solo presentation of the work of Montreal painter Pierre Dorion.



Exhibition


Raymond Boisjoly, Jordy Hamilton, Laura Piasta: Studies in Decay
October 29 - December 10, 2011
Reception Friday, October 28, 8PM
Curated by Jonah Gray

Or Gallery is pleased to present Raymond Boisjoly, Jordy Hamilton, Laura Piasta: Studies in Decay, a group exhibition curated by Jonah Gray.

The dark overtones in both the subject matter and colour palette of the artworks in this exhibition are the effects of a kind of realism that is more concerned with conveying the realities of contemporary experience than with naturalistic depiction. However, the gloomy image of history these works register—one of violence and repetition with few prospects for change—never slips into pessimism. Instead, they draw their force from seeking to split the difference between affirming the possibilities of contemporary experience and calling attention to its frequently disastrous outcomes.

Photo: Jordy Hamilton



Exhibition

Matthew Buckingham
Creative Destruction
10 September - 22 October, 2011
Reception Friday 9 September



Performance

Performances by Andrea Merkx and Nathan Gwynne/The Ice Machine and Swift; exhibition by Adam Brickell, Jen Weih, Igor Santizo, John Anderson, Aaron Carpenter, Beth Howe, and Sylvain Sailly.
The Unspeakable Compromise of the Portable Work closing reception
, 2011
Reception Saturday, August 20, 7PM
Curated by Barb Choit

The Or Gallery is pleased to present performances by New York artists, Andrea Merkx and Nathan Gwynne/The Ice Machine and Swift for the closing reception of the Or’s destination-based art project for Vancouver’s Dunbar-Southlands neighbourhood curated and produced by Vancouver/New York based artist-curator Barb Choit. Works by Adam Brickell, Jen Weih, Igor Santizo, John Anderson, Aaron Carpenter, Beth Howe, and Sylvain Sailly will continue to be on view in the space, including a new installation for the closing by Sailly.

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News


Or Gallery closed for the summer / Summer Reading selected by Matthew Buckingham
August 2 - September 8, 2011

The Or Gallery’s main Vancouver location is now closed for the summer, and will re-open Friday, September 9th at 8PM with a new solo exhibition by New York artist Matthew Buckingham.

While the gallery is closed, we will be presenting our new Summer Reading series of small works of fiction. Approximately each weekday, a new page of the story will be presented on the front door of the gallery, replacing the previous page.

For our inaugural 2011 project, we are pleased to present Virginia Woolf’s short story An Unwritten Novel, selected by Matthew Buckingham.

Summer Reading posted on the door of the Or Gallery



Residency

Matthew Buckingham

July 22 - July 29, 2011

The Or Gallery is pleased to welcome New York artist Matthew Buckingham to Vancouver. During his time at the Or Gallery, Buckingham will be producing a new video work to premier at the Or Gallery in an exhibition opening September 9, 2011.

Utilizing photography, film, video, audio, writing and drawing, Buckingham’s work questions the role that social memory plays in contemporary life. His projects create physical and social contexts that encourage viewers to question what is most familiar to them. Recent works have investigated the Indigenous past and present in the Hudson River Valley; the “creative destruction” of the city of St. Louis; and the inception of the first English dictionary. His work has been seen in one-person and group exhibitions at ARC / Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris; Camden Arts Centre, London; The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC; Hamburger Bahnhof National Gallery, Berlin; Kunst-Werke, Berlin; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitechapel, London and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. He was a 2003 recipient of the DAAD Artist in Berlin Fellowship.



Launch


Vancouver Anthology Second Edition Launch
, 2011
Reception Saturday July 16, 6 PM - 9 PM



Special-Project

John Anderson, Beth Howe, Adam Brickell, 
Aaron Carpenter, 
Nathan Gwynne + The Ice Machine and Swift, 
Andrea Merkx, 
Sylvain Sailly, Igor Santizo, Jen Weih
The Unspeakable Compromise of the Portable Work
July 9 - August 20, 2011
Reception Friday, July 8, 8PM
Curated by Barb Choit

The Or Gallery is pleased to present a new destination-based art project for Vancouver’s Dunbar-Southlands neighbourhood by Vancouver/New York based artist-curator Barb Choit. The Unspeakable Compromise of the Portable Work is a series of exhibitions and events produced and curated by Choit in an open studio setting situated in a 1000sq. ft. office space near Vancouver’s Dunbar Street. The offices are also currently partially occupied by Dialog Medical Systems Inc., a Vancouver based software company that produces billing software for doctors and dentists, now in the process redefining its business model in the face of a rapidly shifting technological marketplace.

Artist currently included in the exhibition are Jen Weih, Igor Santizo, John Anderson, Aaron Carpenter, Becket Bowes & Beth Howe, Nathan Gwynne/The Ice Machine and Swift, and Andrea Merkx.

The Unspeakable Compromise of the Portable Work



Exhibition

Kelly Lycan
Bronze Tinfoil Ball
June 18 - July 16, 2011
Reception June 17, 8PM

The Or Gallery is pleased to present Bronze Tinfoil Ball, a new exhibition by Vancouver artist Kelly Lycan.

The exhibition features a single artwork: a small bronze cast of a crumpled ball of aluminum (‘tin’) foil, presented in the middle of the gallery on a narrow plinth. The work is part of Lycan’s ongoing interest in the beauty of ordinary objects; beauty that she aims to make apparent through her practice of displacing objects from their original context.

Kelly Lycan Bronze Tinfoil Ball

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Special-Project

Karin Bubaš, Karl Marx, Dan Starling, Ron Terada, U.S. Department of the Treasury (Bureau of Engraving and Printing) and others.
Science Fiction 16/ Raised on a Diet of Broken Biscuits
June 2 - June 5, 2011



Exhibition

Hadley+Maxwell
Who That Happens
April 2 - May 28, 2011
Reception Friday, April 1 8PM

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Exhibition

Antonia Hirsch
Komma (after Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun)
February 12 - March 19, 2011
Reception and book launch *Saturday*, February 12, 8PM



symposium

Centre for Digital Media (Warehouse) 577 Great Northern Way
Cartographic Exploits: Marking Territory in the Contemporary City
January 28 - January 29, 2011

Curated by Annabel Vaughan

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Exhibition

Mark Soo
Several Circles
November 6, 2010 - January 29, 2011
Reception November 5, 8PM

Mark Soo, Several Circles, 2010



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