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Or Gallery

236 E Pender St.
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6A 1T7

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

Gallery hours 12 - 5PM
Tuesday - Saturday

Admission Free


Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen, Brian Jungen, Charles Stankievech
Science Fiction 21: The Last Frontier
14 December 2013 - 19 February 2014, 2013
Reception Friday 13 December, 8:00PM
Curated by Candice Hopkins


Garry Neill Kennedy
November 2 - December 7, 2013
Reception Friday, November 1, 8PM

The Or Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Pattison, a new installation by renowned Halifax-based artist Garry Neill Kennedy.

Pattison is an evolution of the project Kennedy presented at G Gallery in Toronto and deals with his longtime interests in business culture, commercial signage, the interplay of corporate and personal identities, and the use of colour and typography indexed to portraiture. The large wall text painting combines the corporate word marks of Jim Pattison and Bob Rennie, two prominent business figures in Vancouver.

Garry Neill Kennedy, Pattison (2013)

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Sneja Gunew
VISR Lecture
December 9 - 7:00-9:00PM, 2013


Bricks and Mortar: Or Gallery Auction preview
Wednesday, October 16th, 5-9PM, 2013

Come by for a drink and view the amazing selection of artworks donated to our Bricks & Mortar Auction!

Brian Jungen, Allison Hrabluik, Jason McLean, Geoffrey Farmer, Annika Rixen, Roy Arden, Steven Brekelmans, Rodney Graham, Ian Wallace, Kyla Mallett, Laiwan, Marina Roy, Kota Ezawa, Mark Soo, Una Knox, Neil Wedman, Sydney Hermant, Hadley+Maxwell, Kathy Slade, Laura Piasta, Aaron Carpenter, Antonia Hirsch, Elizabeth Zvonar, Duane Linklater, Shannon Oksanen, Myfanwy MacLeod, Garry Neill Kennedy, Kathleen Ritter, Nicole Ondre, Luanne Martineau, Angus Ferguson, and more…

Free Preview at Or Gallery:
Wednesday, October 16th 5–9PM
555 Hamilton Street (at Dunsmuir), Vancouver

Auction / Dinner
Friday, October 18th, 6PM
Vancouver Rowing Club
Tickets: Call 604 683 7395 or visit http://bricksandmortar.orgallery.org/

Online bidding only until October 18th, 11am PST (1PM EST)

Image: Steven Brekelmans, Temporary Structures III, 2012

Steven Brekelmans


On Labour: Ginger Goodwin Way & Night Shift LP
October 5, 7PM - 9:30PM, 2013


Vancouver Rowing Club, 450 Stanley Park Drive
Bricks & Mortar
Friday October 18, 6PM, 2013, 2013


Lynne Marsh
September 7 - October 12, 2013
Reception Friday, September 6, 8PM
Curated by Mark Lanctôt and Jonathan Middleton

Shot in an abandoned former GDR amusement park located just outside of Berlin, Plänterwald is a film about the gradual processes of decay and overgrowth. By choosing as subject a forgotten place of leisure that to this day remains gated and guarded by security guards, Lynne Marsh draws a telling parallel between the spaces of spectacle, of control and of Nature. The passage of time as indicated by how submerged in foliage the corroding site has become, turns the fun park into a sylvan pastoral.

Captured in the process of returning to nature, the site still retains the human presence of security guards, what the artist has called “guardians of a ‘dead’ space.” As they patrol a place with no clear use or value, they become representatives of corporate law and order that offers protection without preservation. They stand idly by as the object of their surveillance slowly disappears under rampant vegetation. Is this what an eventually depleted future holds in store? Abandoned sites whose guardians, like soldiers cut off from communication lines at the end of a war, are unaware that the old order has fallen?

Plänterwald marks the first of a series of exhibitions and projects curated by Mark Lanctôt and Jonathan Middleton under the title The Troubled Pastoral. The series takes on a broad set of themes including pessimism, psychedelia, altered states and drug use, black comedy, science-fiction dystopia, class struggle, the industrialization of food production, the ragged edge of suburbia, and various forms of visual, aural, or perceptual interference, including smoke, static, and electro-magnetic radiation.

Lynne Marsh, Plänterwald (2010)

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Emilie Halpern, Neil Goldberg, Ryan Peter, Jasmine Reimer, Major G.L. Thorton Sharp
Death & Objects II
May 25 - July 13, 2013
Reception Friday, May 24, 8PM
Curated by Eric Fredericksen & Jonathan Middleton

The Or Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Death & Objects II, an exhibition featuring works by Neil Goldberg, Emilie Halpern, Ryan Peter, Jasmine Reimer and Major G.L. Thornton Sharp. The exhibition takes up similar themes as Death & Objects, an exhibition at the Or Gallery that touched on the contemporary memento mori and vanitas, including subtle or abstract anthropomorphisms related to sculpture and the still life.

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Bricks and Mortar: Residency/Project Space Auction and 30th Anniversary Dinner
Saturday, October 18th, 2013

Ian Wallace's Fender Precision Bass


30th Anniversary Book & Edition Sale
May 2 - May 4, 2013
Reception Thursday, May 2, 8PM


Or Bookstore Relaunch

May 2nd – 4th
Party // Thursday May 2nd, 8pm

Come by for a cocktail (or two) and a book (or three)!

Up to 60% Off // Editions // Artists’ Publishing // Monographs // Journals & Magazines // Catalogues

Motto Vancouver is now Or Bookstore at the Or Gallery.


James Benning, Michael Snow
Clamour and Toll: Films
March 18th, 7:30pm, 2013

Curated by Eli Bornowsky


Aaron Carpenter, Hadley+Maxwell, Peter Gazendam, Laura Piasta, Cauleen Smith
Science Fiction 20 at Supermarket 2013, Stockholm
15 - 17 February, 2013

The Or Gallery is pleased to present the 20th iteration of its Science Fiction series for the Supermarket Art Fair 2013 (Stockholm), featuring the work of Aaron Carpenter (Vancouver), Hadley+Maxwell (Berlin), Laura Piasta (Vancouver), and Cauleen Smith (Chicago)

Science Fiction 20 extends a conversation on subjectivity within the context of speculation and memory articulated in “Science Fiction 18: The Future from Memory” (Vancouver, 2012), taking on additional themes of pedagogy and personal history.

This project is the latest exhibition in its series of 88 Science Fiction related exhibitions planned over a 260 year period, and the third project the Or Gallery has produced in Sweden.

3rd floor, Kulturhuset, located in the city centre of Stockholm

Exhibition by 88 artist-run galleries and other initiatives from 33 countries. Performance art, talks and panel discussions.

Friday 11am–10pm
Saturday 11am–8pm
Sunday 11am–6pm

Admission to the fair is 120 SEK
Admission+catalogue+magazine 160 SEK
Weekend pass 200 SEK
Discounts for students and seniors
Children under 16 free

SUPERMARKET – Stockholm Independent Art Fair 2013:
1646, The Hague, The Netherlands | 2B Gallery, Budapest, Hungary | A.M.180 collective, Prague, Czech Republic | ALISN, London, United Kingdom | Alpineum Produzentengalerie, Lucerne, Switzerland | Ars Auttoinen, Auttoinen, Finland | Art Lab Gnesta, Gnesta, Sweden | Art On Armitage, Chicago, United States | Artellewa Art Space, Cairo, Egypt | Artists’ Association of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland | Ateljén Hea, Sunne, Sweden | blank projects, Cape Town, South Africa | Blue Oyster, Dunedin, New Zealand | Candyland, Stockholm, Sweden | CFF – Centrum för fotografi, Stockholm, Sweden | CirkulationsCentralen, Malmö, Sweden | DIENSTGEBÄUDE Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland | Duplex100m2, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina | Ed Video Media Arts Centre, Guelph, Canada | Espacio Tangente, Burgos, Spain | Evil Son, Cape Town, South Africa | Formverk (art zone), Eskilstuna / Banatska Dubica, Sweden / Serbia | fragment S, Seoul, South Korea | Galeria Szara, Cieszyn, Poland | Galleri Box, Gothenburg, Sweden | Galleri Konstepidemin, Gothenburg, Sweden | Galleri Maskinen, Umeå, Sweden | Galleri Se Konst, Falun, Sweden | Galleri Syster, Luleå, Sweden | Galleri Verkligheten, Umeå, Sweden | Galleria Huuto, Helsinki, Finland | Galleria Sculptor, Helsinki, Finland | Gocart Gallery, Visby, Sweden | GRAD, Belgrade, Serbia | Grafiska Sällskapet / The Swedish Printmakers’Association, Stockholm, Sweden | Green Is Gold, Copenhagen, Denmark | Grimmuseum, Berlin, Germany | Gudran Association for Art and Development, Alexandria, Egypt | Heavy Merry Finland, Rotterdam / Helsinki, Netherlands / Finland | HMK {Hotel Maria Kapel}, Hoorn, the Netherlands | ID:I Galleri, Stockholm, Sweden | IS-projects, Leiden, Netherlands | JCA DE KOK, The Hague, Netherlands | Kallio Kunsthalle, Helsinki, Finland | Kings ARI, Melbourne, Australia | Konstnärshuset, Stockholm, Sweden | Kultivator, Dyestad, Sweden | Le Cube – independent art room, Rabat, Morocco | Lo and Behold, Athens, Greece | Margaris Foundation / les yper yper, Thessaloniki, Greece | microwesten, Berlin / Munich, Germany | Milkshake Agency, Geneva, Switzerland | MUU galleria, Helsinki, Finland | Nationalgalleriet, Stockholm, Sweden | Nest, The Hague, Netherlands | Office d’Art Contemporain, Brussels, Belgium | Or Gallery, Vancouver, Canada | pietmondriaan.com, Rotterdam, Netherlands | rainbowartsproject, Singapore/Indonesia, Singapore/Indonesia | Sant Marc, Sineu, Mallorca, Spain | Studio 44, Stockholm, Sweden | Superclub Gallery and Studios, Edinburgh, United Kingdom | T-Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia | t.act presented by KUNSTtransit, multiple countries | Tegen2, Stockholm, Sweden | The M( )esum, Berlin, Germany | The Museum of Forgetting, Norrköping, Sweden | Toolbox, Berlin, Germany | Totaldobze, Riga, Latvia | TPTP, Transient Projects To People, Paris, France | Tupajumi foundation, Rotterdam, Netherlands | ZeroStation, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | Zeta Galeri, Tirana, Albania | Zona, Szczecin, Poland | Ў gallery, Minsk, Belarus | | KKV – Konstnärernas Kollektivverkstad i Nacka, Sweden | Konstkonsulenterna i Sverige, Sweden | Konstnärernas Hjälpfond, Stockholm, Sweden | Konstnärscentrum Öst, Stockholm, Sweden | Konstperspektiv, Stockholm, Sweden | KRO/KIF, Stockholm, Sweden | Kulturtidskriften Cora, Stockholm, Sweden | LMDP, L’autre Moitié Du Palais, Paris, France | Mondo Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway | NKF / Nordic Art Association Finland, Helsinki, Finland | NKF / Nordic Art Association Sweden, Stockholm, Sweden | Sveriges Konstföreningar, Limhamn, Sweden | Tidskriften Hjärnstorm, Stockholm, Sweden

Peter Gazendam

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Neil Campbell, Hanne Darboven, Nicole Ondre, Cheyney Thompson
After Finitude:
23 February - 20 April, 2013
Reception February 22, 8PM
Curated by Eli Bornowsky

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Daniel Barrow
Winnipeg Babysitter at Club PuSh
, 2013
Reception January 26, 8PM

Winnipeg Babysitter


LA Art Book Fair
February 1 - February 3, 2013
Reception Thursday, January 31, 6-9PM

The Or Gallery is please to participate in the first annual LA Art Book Fair, from February 1-3, at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. An opening will be held on the evening of Thursday, January 31.

Presented by Printed Matter, the LA Art Book Fair is a unique event for artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by more than 180 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers from eighteen countries.

For more information, please visit http://laartbookfair.net


Ian Wyatt, Lief Hall, MASS MARRIAGE, Lauryn Youden
Clamour and Toll: Dreams
, 2013
Reception February 16
Curated by Eli Bornowsky

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Vancouver Institute for Social Research
February 4 - April 18, 2013

The Vancouver Institute for Social Research ( VISR ) is an independent, para-academic, theory-based free school initiating in 2013. Its intent is to move beyond the borders of the traditional university and to open up a more accessible platform in the city for the engaged discussion of critical theory.

The Institute will be initiating a 9-week pilot project in February 2013 and ending on April 1st. Once a week on Monday evenings from 7-9pm at the Or Gallery, we will be inviting nine different professors to present on a topic of their choice over this period. The seminar will be free to the public and all professors will be offering their services on a volunteer basis.


Kika Thorne, Heather Passmore, Michael Drebert, Jen Weih
Things' Matter
December 8, 2012 - January 26, 2013
Reception Friday, December 7, 8PM
Curated by Klara Manhal

The Or Gallery is pleased to present Things’ Matter, a group exhibition featuring works by Kika Thorne, Heather Passmore, Michael Drebert and Jen Weih.

Things’ Matter is an exhibition of contemporary art that draws on the concept of objecthood and thingness. Each artwork is invested in exploring the affecting nature of its material makeup and challenges the viewer to consider how inanimate things might be thought of as imbued with a vitality or life force.

In a series of prints utilizing ink made of plant matter and illustrating theoretical grids of light bending, Kika Thorne explores how plant matter responds to the manipulation of being used as ink to describe its own photosynthetic processes. Heather Passmore makes paintings from raw milk paint, hand made by the artist. Passmore’s interest is in the medicinal and nutritional properties of raw milk and the politics surrounding its designation as an illegal substance in Canada. Jen Weih and Michael Drebert are less oriented toward the material and instead explore the thing’s capacity to seduce and the effective potential that the human desire for things has on human behaviour. In a gestural work, Drebert uses his own body to transport a fisherman’s glass floater from Haida Gwaii back to its place of origin in Kamakura, Japan. While objects aren’t normally thought of as having desires and needs, Drebert assumes the ball’s yearning to return home and uses himself as a carrier and witness in this service. For Thing’s Matter, Jen Weih has made an animation using fragmented things pulled from the internet. Weih’s is an experiment in animating and anthropomorphizing these otherwise inanimate things that are the detritus of cultural production, human desire and need.

Facing the Animal is curated by Klara Manhal, a candidate to the Masters Degree in Critical and Curatorial Studies at The University of British Columbia.

Jen Weih: