Special-Event


Fillip Presents Chris Kraus

Western Front
303 8th Avenue East
Vancouver, British Columbia

Join Fillip and Los Angeles–based writer Chris Kraus on Saturday, January 20, at 6 pm at the Western Front, Vancouver, for a lecture on the life and work of avant-garde writer Kathy Acker. Presented in collaboration with the Western Front’s ongoing Scrivener’s Monthly series and a Fillip Reading Group with Kraus on January 21, this talk will highlight work from Kraus’s new book After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography, which uses exhaustive archival research and ongoing conversations with mutual colleagues and friends to trace the contradictions and depth of Acker’s life and work.

Entrance is free. Doors will open at 5:30 pm. Copies of After Kathy Acker will be for sale at the event through the Or Gallery Bookstore. Additional support provided by SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement.

Chris Kraus is the author of the bestselling novel I Love Dick, “the most important book written about men and women in the last century” (Guardian), as well as Aliens and Anorexia (Semiotext(e), 2000), Torpor (Semiotext(e), 2006), Summer of Hate (Semiotext(e), 2012), and two books of cultural criticism. She was a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow and teaches writing at the European Graduate School, Switzerland. Kraus is a co-editor, with Hedi El Kholti and Sylvere Lotringer, of Semiotext(e) and lives in Los Angeles.

This talk is presented in conjunction with the recent release of Hotel Theory Reader, the fourth title in Fillip’s ongoing Folio Series presenting writing by critics, artists, and curators that engages specific and recurring questions on international contemporary art. This anthology explores the possibilities of theory as an art form, bringing together ideas initially explored in an exhibition organized in 2015 at REDCAT | CalArts’ Downtown Center for Contemporary Arts. The book assembles a collection of texts by David Antin, Art & Language, Ruth Estévez, Bruce Hainley, Wayne Koestenbaum, Chris Kraus, Snejanka Mihaylova, Sohrab Mohebbi, Cally Spooner, V-Girls, Danna Vajda, and Tirdad Zolghadr.

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Or Gallery

555 Hamilton Street.
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6B 2R1

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

Gallery hours 12 - 5PM
Tuesday - Saturday

Free Admission



News

Announcing Weiyi Chang as our 2018 Curatorial Resident

, 2018

We’re happy to introduce our 2018 Curatorial Resident, Weiyi Chang.

Weiyi Chang is a curator and writer based in Vancouver. She has worked in both commercial and non-profit art spaces, including SFU Galleries, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Griffin Art Projects, and most recently documenta 14. Her writing has appeared in Luma Quarterly, Canadian Art, and CMagazine. She completed her BA in Art History and Philosophy at Western University and her MA in Critical Curatorial Studies at the University of British Columbia.

Weiyi presented her graduating exhibition, An Absolute Movement, featuring the work of Sonny Assu, Matt Browning, Fiona Bowie, Kelly Jazvac, Genevieve Robertson, and Jay White, here with us last year. By “visualizing and materializing the precarious situation of the present and the uncertain futures that have yet to unfold,” An Absolute Movement smartly addressed “the realities of ecological crisis.”

We’re thrilled to be working with Weiyi again in this new capacity. Welcome!

Photo Credit: Jeff Elstone.

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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



Special-Event

Vancouver launch of Collection/Correction
Andrew James Patterson and Jacob Korczynski
Tuesday, January 16, 6–8 PM, 2018

Please join us for the Vancouver launch of Collection/Correction, a survey of the writings of the Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist Andrew James Paterson, edited by the independent curator Jacob Korczynski and co-published by Kunstverein Toronto & Mousse Publishing, with design by Laura Pappa & Lotte Lara Schröder.

For the launch, Jacob Korczynski will present a reading from the Collection/Correction and screen four short videos by Paterson – The Walking Philosopher (2001), Eating Regular (2004), 12 × 26 (2008), and Passing (2013) – whose scripts are included in the survey along with a series of new and recent poems and four of Paterson’s fictocriticism texts, originally published in IMPULSE in the 80s.

Korczynski is also in Vancouver for the exhibition going to go out now, featuring the work of Ellie Epp and Juliette Blightman, which he guest curated at Western Front. going to go out now opens Jan 18 at 7:00pm and runs from Jan 19 to Feb 24, 2018. Please click here for more information.

Andrew James Paterson (b. Toronto, 1952) is an interdisciplinary artist working with video, film, music, performance and writing. He has exhibited and performed his works since 1979; and ‘Collection/Correction’ marks the first survey of his practice. All of his work, regardless of discipline, shares concerns with language, bodies, and technologies; as well as a fascination with shifting paradigms between public and private realms. His writing has been published by YYZ Books, IMPULSE Magazine, FUSE Magazine, PUBLIC and FILE, amongst others. His videos have been presented internationally, including DokFest in Kassel, Germany; EXPERIMENTA in Bangalore, India; EXIS in Seoul, South Korea; MIX in New York, USA; and at the Images Festival and Inside Out in Toronto amongst many other venues. His video work is distributed by Vtape. He was a founding member of the influential band The Government and is currently a member of DERWATT. His novelette Not Joy Division will be launched in January 2018.

Jacob Korczynski is an independent curator based in Toronto. He has curated projects for the Stedelijk Museum, Mercer Union, If I Can’t Dance I Don’t Want to Be Part of Your Revolution, Oakville Galleries and the Badischer Kunstverein, and his writing has been published by art-agenda, Flash Art, Girls Like Us, Little Joe and Code South Way. A tear forms along the seam, his Classroom programme for Art & Education is now online.

Production of Collection/Correction was made possible by the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

Image courtesy Printed Matter.

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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

Afterlives
Germaine Koh and Aron Louis Cohen
November 25, 2017 — February 3, 2018
Reception Friday November 24, 8PM
Curated by Joni Low

Conversation with artists: November 25, 2PM

Additional programs to come in 2018

Things fall apart and are forgotten; sometimes they re-form in unexpected ways.

Technologies old and new signify a human desire to understand, interface with and possess the world. Material intermediaries, often supports to human activity, tend to be hidden, made supplementary, or discarded after their intended use. Communication technologies transmit messages, providing conduits and thresholds between interiors and exteriors: between selves, things and worlds. Today, such technologies oscillate between material and deceivingly immaterial. Digital repositories of collective experience and memory – second worlds, second lives – have become mediated aleatory streams for accelerated knowing.

Afterlives contemplates these technologies and their communicative properties, contemporary disconnection from material realities, and the care for materials once conceived as waste. Germaine Koh and Aron Louis Cohen examine and re-form material detritus and the traces of global economies to convey plasticity and potential. Electronic waste, takeaway plastics, tourist merchandise, and the enclosures and supports of industrialized logistics all undergo transformation. Speculating on origins and circulations of these materials amidst a culture of planned obsolescence, they seek to better understand the intersections of energies – time, labour, emotion, power – embedded within our late-capitalist experience. Afterlives considers the hidden processes that manufacturing and its related waste often obscure, prompting questions of value, use, and trust in encountering the world.

The mysterious back-end of production reveals political and geographic imbalances in human systems of creation and disposal. Paradoxically, our present access to this information often requires the very processes that are harming others and the world. If external forms suggest what is unseen, and if signal and thing are bound by shared material processes; if plasticity is the capacity to give and receive form – between things, each other, the world – then how might we commune with the material and human world to learn and understand differently?

… How too, might we become something else?

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Germaine Koh is an internationally active Canadian visual artist based in Vancouver BC. Her practice is concerned with the significance of everyday exchanges, familiar objects and common places. Koh has been a recipient of the Shadbolt Foundation VIVA Award and a finalist for the Sobey Art Award. She is also an independent curator and a partner in the independent record label weewerk. Her current ongoing projects include League (2012 -), which gathers people to play invented sports and games as a practice of creative problem-solving, and Home Made Home (2014 -), a creative enterprise for building innovative small dwellings to imagine other possible ways of living.

Aron Louis Cohen is an artist working in San Francisco. His work explores technology and craft production, and is informed by his role as an art conservationist. Cohen has participated in artist residencies at KALA Art Institute (Berkeley, CA), Wave Hill (Bronx, NY), and The Center for Book Arts (New York, NY). Recent exhibitions include Mage at radiator gallery (2017: Queens, NY), Not Curated (2017: Bushwick Open Studios, NY), and Landslide/Possible Futures (2013-14: Markham, ON and Shenzhen, China), for which he grew and transformed a field of flax into books. Cohen received a BFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design and a MFA from Parsons, The New School for Design.

Joni Low is a writer and curator in Vancouver. She is the 2017 curator-in-residence at Or Gallery, where her projects include Charles Campbell’s Actor Boy: Travels in Birdsong (2017: Flotilla); Underground in the Aether, a symposium on existence within changing communication circuits (2017: VIVO, Burnaby Art Gallery); and Chloë Lum & Yannick Desranleau: 5 Tableaux (It Bounces Back) (2016). She is a member of the Doryphore Independent Curators Society.

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The Or Gallery acknowledges its presence on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territories. For this exhibition, we thank the Canada Council for the Arts Grants to Culturally Diverse Curators for Residencies in the Visual Arts.

Image: Aron Louis Cohen, Unmaking Time, Forward and Reverse, 2012 / 2017.
Duraclear prints, wire binding stainless steel, LED light. 5” x 24” x 12”
Courtesy of the artist.

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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