Exhibition

Crania
Robin Peck
June 16 — July 30, 2018
Reception Friday, June 15, 7:00 PM
Curated by David MacWilliam

Artist Talk: Saturday, June 16, 2:00 PM

Crania represents twelve of more than one hundred mixed-media sculptures by Robin Peck. Each artwork in the series are titled with name, year, size, and the materials that constitute their forms:

Sculpture (Crania 112), Materials from the center: Hydrocal, Styrofoam, lead, pottery plaster (signed: Robin Peck, 2009), gold paint, Hydrocal, ceramic, Hydrocal and burlap, gravel, Hydrocal, shellac, carnauba wax. Size: 12 × 16 × 15 in. Weight 33 lb. 2009-2018

Referencing both figurative and minimalist sculptural practices, Peck uses materials that are often associated with the detritus of the factory floor, the stuff of the studio, the garage, or the shed out back. The materials speak to the forms he is shaping (some resemble a mound, a dome, perhaps a head). Through an organic, open-ended system of inclusion, Peck moulds, pats and rasps these materials into forms that are determined both by the limits of the hand and the matter that makes up their mass. The mark of the hand is clearly evident in the shaping, attention to surface and final patina. These are sculptures that invite contemplation and reinforce the body as a primal way of knowing.

Seen together these sculptures rely on comparison to foreground acts of collection, selection and arrangement, with Peck’s pre-industrial methods harkening back to an earlier material past and intimates a foreboding in anticipation of the uncertainty of a dystopian post-industrial future.

A new book of Robin Peck’s essays: Journey to the Circumference of the Earth, designed by Stephan Garneau is published as part of the Or Gallery exhibition and co-published by Publication Studio Vancouver and Canada NYC. Earlier versions of several of these essays have previously appeared in C Magazine, Parachute, Boo Magazine, Canadian Art. Journey to the Circumference of the Earth is available for purchase at READ Books, Emily Carr University of Art and Design; and Publication Studio Vancouver.

Robin Peck is a Canadian artist, writer and educator living is Fredericton, NB. Since receiving his MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in 1976, he has exhibited across Canada and internationally. His artwork and writing have appeared in C Magazine, Parachute, Vanguard, Boo Magazine, Canadian Art, and the Vancouver Anthology. Since 2005, he has taught Visual Arts at St.Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Thanks to artsnb, Saint Thomas University and Canada NYC.

Image: Roger Smith, courtesy of Canada NYC.

Concurrent with Crania is the screening-exhibition Breaker of Horses by Pernille Lystlund Matzen and Nanna Rebekka, curated by Denise Ryner.

The Or Gallery acknowledges its presence on unceded xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) territories.

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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

Free Admission



Exhibition

Breaker of Horses
Pernille Lystlund Matzen and Nanna Rebekka
June 16 — July 30, 2018
Reception Friday, June 15, 7:00 PM
Curated by Denise Ryner

An easily overlooked T-junction in Copenhagen’s Sydhavn district is the location of a dramatic statue. In the midst of everyday urban space rises a bronze sculpture of a young man who is about to tame two unruly horses. The essay film Breaker of Horses delves into the bronze sculpture and follows the hidden stories that are contained in the cast. This leads us back to the genesis of the sculpture in an antique Greek myth, to a Belgian Africa museum and deep into Europe’s colonial past. With formal nods to contemporary video artists such as Camille Henrot and Hito Steyerl, Breaker of Horses is an overheated information flow of images, digital productions and archive material. The visual abundance is coloured by a soundtrack that alternately seethes with synthetic sound effects and detached bits of songs about the statue and its history. The film traces the copper material in the bronze sculpture back to the Congo, where extraction of copper through forced labour and slavelike conditions for the Congolese comprised one of the economical foundations for the Belgian King Leopold’s empire. Solidly placed in the era of today, Breaker of Horses is a video work that turns to the past.

Nanna Rebekka is an independent filmmaker based in Copenhagen. Her work lies within the realm of hybrid fiction, documentary and video art. She has studied filmmaking at Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media, University of Washington and at School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, York University. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Visual Culture at University of Copenhagen. She is a former member of MIX Copenhagen LGBTQ Film Festival.

Pernille Lystlund Matzen is an independent writer and filmmaker currently living in Copenhagen. Her work concentrates on new documentary forms, video art and essayistic modes of filmmaking. She holds a master’s degree in Art History and Modern Culture from Columbia University, Universität der Kunste, Berlin, and Copenhagen University. She currently works as an art critic at the Danish newspaper Information.

Concurrent with Breaker of Horses is the exhibition Crania by Robin Peck, curated by David MacWilliam.

Image: still from Breaker of Horses, courtesy of the artists.

The Or Gallery acknowledges its presence on unceded xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) territories.

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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

Free Admission