Exhibition

Token|Contemporary Ongoing
Sandra Brewster
June 15 — August 17, 2019
Reception Friday June 14, 7 - 10 PM
Curated by Sally Frater

Sandra Brewster in conversation with Sally Frater
Saturday June 15, 2PM

Toronto-based artist Sandra Brewster presents an iteration of her project Token|Contemporary Ongoing. During a six-month residency at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Brewster was struck by the care and detailed cataloguing processes involved in the maintenance of the AGO collection. Motivated by a desire to bestow a similar level of attentiveness to “non-Western” objects, Brewster reached out to friends and colleagues of the Caribbean diaspora to learn about the value that they assigned to objects from their personal collections that spoke to their cultural backgrounds, and to document the stories associated with particular belongings.

For the exhibition at Or Gallery, Brewster presents images of these items both as photographs and as gel transfers mounted directly onto the gallery walls. These images are accompanied by audio recordings of their owners’ stories and several examples of the actual objects themselves.

The term token, as it is used in the exhibition title, is multivalent. It alludes to the ability of particular objects to become a “visible or tangible representation of a feeling”: a memento, keepsake, reminder, emblem, etc. For a generation of Caribbean folk (including Brewster’s Guyanese parents) who left their homes overseas in the 1960s to purse a “better life” in Canada, objects from “home” become an anchor to a time and place. The continued stewardship of these objects by their current owners provides a way of extending temporal pasts and locations into a present space and moment.

Sandra Brewster is a Canadian artist and holds a Masters of Visual Studies from the University of Toronto. Her work explores themes of identity, representation and memory. She was the recipient of the 2018 Artist Prize from Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts and her solo exhibition It’s all a blur… received the Gattuso Prize at CONTACT Photography Festival (2017). Her work has been featured in recent group exhibitions at Aljira Contemporary Art Centre, New Jersey (2016); Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s (2016); and Allegheny Art Galleries, Meadville, Pennsylvania (2015). Brewster recently received a resident fellowship at the Instituto Sacatar, Brazil (2017). She is represented by Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto.

Sally Frater is an independent curator and writer who holds an MA (with Merit) in Contemporary Art from The University of Manchester/Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She has curated exhibitions for the Ulrich Museum of Art, the McColl Center for Art and Innovation, the Pollock Gallery, Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at the University of Toronto, among others. Her writing has appeared in journals and catalogues including for the Studio Museum in Harlem, The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Border Crossings magazine, C Magazine, Fuse, Blackflash Magazine, and Canadian Art. A former Core Critical Studies Fellow at the Glassell School at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, she was also a past artist-in-residence at Project Row Houses in Houston.

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



Launch

This is Television
Judy Radul
Tuesday, May 28, 6:00 — 8:00 pm, 2019

Please join Or Bookstore on May 28th at 6pm for the Vancouver launch of Judy Radul’s This is Television, out now from Sternberg Press and DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program.

Featuring Judy Radul in conversation with Allison Collins.

This Is Television addresses the increasingly obsolete medium of television by way of the medium of the book—by extension commenting on media’s continuous changes of form and format. Through an interplay of theory and artistic research material, the book extends Judy Radul’s ongoing investigation of media with an idiosyncratic perspective on television—while still feeding off collective experience. The book thematizes television as a cultural container, both in its format as a “box” for content and as an ideologically saturated apparatus for reception. With sections titled Craig, Oral History, Moon, Display, Landing, End of Analog etc., the book visually charts our identification with specific media, our attempts to understand media form and evokes our emotional response to technological shifts. Springing from a desire to engage intermedia form by way of a book about television, and to commit to the ambiguity of its title’s announcement, This Is Television is organized around three central chapters: “This,” “Is,” and “Television” are individually interpreted in newly commissioned essays by Honor Gavin, Ana Teixeira Pinto, and Diedrich Diederichsen, with additional short texts by Judy Radul.

Edited by DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program, Ariane Beyn, Judy Radul

Texts by Diedrich Diederichsen, Honor Gavin, Ana Teixeira Pinto, Judy Radul

Co-published with DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program

Design by Katja Gretzinger

Judy Radul’s latest works involve an original computer-controlled system for live and pre-recorded video. Her practice also includes sculpture, photography, writing and performance. Recent exhibitions include: a solo exhibition at Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, 2017; Contour Biennale 8, Mechelen, Belgium, 2017; Bienal de Nicaragua, 2016; a solo exhibition at Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2015; Berlin Biennale 8, 2014; a solo exhibition at DAAD Galerie, Berlin, 2013. Her large-scale media installation World Rehearsal Court (2009) has been shown in Vancouver, Vienna, Seoul, Oslo and Moscow. Related to this project, with Marit Paasche she co-edited a book of collected essays and images A Thousand Eyes: Media Technology, Law and Aesthetics (Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2011). She has a B.A. in Fine and Performing Arts from Simon Fraser University and a MFA in Visual and Media Arts from Bard College, New York. She is represented by Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver and teaches at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver.

Allison Collins is a Vancouver-based curator, writer and researcher, who has dedicated her practice to investigating and participating in artist-run centres both contemporary and historical. Since 2015 she has worked as Curator of Media Arts at Western Front, where she primarily focuses on the facilitation and production of new artistic projects in media art. In 2017 she co-curated (with Patrick Cruz) the 2nd Kamias Triennial, an exhibition, residency and event series that took place in Quezon City, Philippines. Other curatorial projects include Mainstreeters: Taking Advantage, 1972-1982 (with Michael Turner), grunt gallery and Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver; Moveable Facture, VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver; Suspicious Futures: Selected works of Susan Britton, Vtape, Toronto, DIM Cinema, Vancouver and PLATFORM, Winnipeg; and Hold Still Wild Youth: The Gina Show Archive, Or Gallery and VIVO, Vancouver. From 2011-2012 she published ARCLines, a series of historical profiles documenting the origins of Vancouver’s artist-run centres, and was Event Manager for Institutions by Artists, a three day, international congress regarding contemporary artist-run centres and initiatives (Arcpost.ca). Recent writing has been published in Traffic Vol 1. by Project Space Pilipinas, and by Presentation House Gallery. She holds a BFA in Visual Art from the University of Ottawa and an MA in Critical and Curatorial Studies from the University of British Columbia.

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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



bookstore

Or Bookstore May Sale

May 1 — 28, 2019

Or Bookstore is having a lovely spring May Sale! Buy one book and get 10% off! Buy two and get 15% off! Buy three or more and get 20% off! Includes all new arrivals. Also additional markdowns on selected books! Get your books in time for some summer beach reading!

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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



Launch

Blank Sign Book
Anne Lesley Selcer
Saturday, May 25, 2:00 — 4:00 pm, 2019

Or Bookstore is pleased to host the launch of Blank Sign Book by Anne Lesley Selcer on May 25 at 2 pm.

Blank Sign Book is a collection of innovative art writing from poet and essayist Anne Lesley Selcer. Writing in the confluence of politics and aesthetics through the work of Ana Mendieta, The Otolith Group, Juliana Huxtable, Dolores Dorantes, Janet Cardiff, Ragnar Kjartansson, and more, Selcer’s debut collection culminates the interdisciplinary thinking and formal risk of fifteen years of public critical writing.

Selcer’s work has been nationally and internationally commissioned and solicited by museums, galleries and art magazines. Anchored by the feminist, queer, and decolonial thought of Susan Sontag, Saidiya Hartman, Lisa Robertson, Micha Cárdenas, and many more, Blank Sign Book explores representation from the image to the agora. The essays are embedded deeply within the pleasure of art and the power of artist. They consider topics from the materiality of the internet, protest, sound, and gentrification, to teenage literary obsession, femicide, and decolonized time. Blank Sign Book unfolds within Selcer’s decade long investigation of Western beauty, from which two award-winning poetry publications have emerged. With lyricism, incisive clarity and a deep commitment to the power of art and artists as a vehicle for experimental advocacy and radical insight, Blank Sign Book displays Selcer’s capacious and assiduous grasp as an art writer and cultural thinker to be read for decades to come.

Blank Sign Book emerged from Anne Lesley Selcer’s tenure as inaugural Art Writing Fellow at Southern Exposure.

Anne Lesley Selcer is the author of Blank Sign Book, a collection of essays. She also has a forthcoming book of poetry, Sun Cycle, selected for publication by CA Conrad. She is (recently) obsessed with gender, power, beauty, invisibility, formlessness, abjection and political emotion. Her award winning chapbook from a Book of Poems on Beauty is available from Gazing Grain, the limited edition Untitled (a treatise on from) from 2nd Floor Projects. Her art writing includes Banlieusard, a book-length text on media and sense memory for Artspeak. More is in Hyperallergic, Fillip, Art Practical, Jacket2, Open Space, the New Media Art 2017 anthology, and gallery and exhibition catalogs internationally. She has poetry in Fence, The Chicago Review and GaussPDF, among others. She was the inaugural Art Writing Fellow at Southern Exposure and in residence at Krowswork gallery and Mildred’s Lane.

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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



curator-talk

Or Gallery Spring Talks #3: Thiago de Paula Souza

Thursday, May 23, 7:00 — 8:30 pm, 2019

As part of ongoing organizational collaboration and exchange with Berlin-based art centres, Or Gallery has invited curator Thiago de Paula Souza to present on recent projects and initiatives, including is participation in the 10th Berlin Biennale.

For Or Gallery, the convener of this gathering, the intention is that these discussions will share curatorial, discursive, and networking strategies as part of an ongoing project to develop anti-colonial and socially and politically progressive exhibition practices. This visit will also provide an opportunity for curators to directly engage with and compare contemporary art contexts with their Canadian peers, while taking into account the development of Vancouver as comprised of diverse cultural diasporas in the historical context of the colonial dispossession of Indigenous peoples, on whose unceded territory the city occupies and operates.

Thiago de Paula Souza is a curator and educator, a member of the 10th Berlin Biennale curatorial team, titled We Don’t Need Another Hero, 2018 and 2018/2019 Fellow at BAK (basis voor actuele kunst). At the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo (2016) de Paula Souza joined the Accra Study Days team and was also part of the Bienal’s Oficina de Imaginação Política (political imagination workshop). De Paula Souza worked as an educator at Museu AfroBrasil, São Paulo (2014–2016), and co-curated the exhibition Living On – In Other Words on Living?, held at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (2016).

De Paula Souza is interested in how certain communities engage in the deconstruction of hegemonic readings of histories. He has collaborated with lanchonete.org, an artist-led cultural platform focused on daily life and progressive actions in contemporary cities with São Paulo as a reference point, and co-created We Cannot Build What We Cannot First Imagine, a visionary platform that gathers works and perspectives from racialized artists and thinkers. He has an MA in Art History from The University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas, Brazil.

Read an interview with Thiago de Paula Souza on his work at the 10th Berlin Biennale here.

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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