ART AND THE CITY: I'm back on the road, last time was in November last year for an Edmonton trip, today I hit Vancouver for a three day tour. I visited three distinct art galleries on the North Shore today; Seymour Art Gallery in Deep Cove, North Vancouver Arts Council gallery, and Presentation House Gallery. The first two host collective shows by accomplished and emerging artists and groups, the latter is an iconic photography gallery, with 30 years of cache behind it. Presentation House Gallery is known for its commitment to cutting-edge photography, with past exhibitions of internationally-renowned local artists Stan Douglas, Rodney Graham and Fred Herzog, as well as international artists such as Cindy Sherman and Ansel Adams. The gallery is slated for a move and an upgrade with a stellar new location right down on the Lonsdale Quay waterfront. A day of art, conversations, and views of the stunning Vancouver harbour. Tomorrow I'm off to Whistler to view the newly opened, and highly anticipated, Audain Art Museum.
Day 2 - today I traveled to Whistler village specifically to visit the newly opened Audain Art Museum. The museum is so new that the landscaping and front signage is yet to be completed, but the museum itself is an architectural masterpiece of anonymity. Designed to disappear into nature, with its black facade hidden among the trees at the base of the world famous ski destination. It's like a futuristic ark floating above its foundation and housing an eclectic private family collection of BC art including; Emily Carr, Jack Shadbolt, Brian Jungen, Laurie Papou, EJ Hughes, and a staggering collection of coastal native art. My senses were at their peak, all filled up an overflowing. I took a breather with a gondola ride up the mountain to the base location for a view of the peak, and some time exploring the snowy landscapes against crowds of Spring Break skiers. Not a place for solitude today, but definitely as energizing and fast paced as New York City. Not a Canadian 'sorry' to be found anywhere. My senses are on overload, processing the visual and aural delights of the day.
Day 3 - today was all about the current Renaissance happening in contemporary art. MASHUP, as they call it is the Vancouver Art Galleries' most ambitious exhibition to date with an interactive and highly accessible show taking over all four floors of the gallery. From Picasso to Hoch, Warhol to Birnbaum, Haring to Kruger. The exhibit spans 100 years of influences, appropriation and visual culture. With beats setting the tone in most rooms from DJ's, dubbing, scratch, sampling, film and video. Literature, word art, assemblage and a unnervingly perfect space colony garden. It's an exhibit that will have you vibrating from outside in, imprinting information on your subconscious for later regurgitation. Sailing out the front door I was pummeled with Vancouver rain, so I opted for the front seat of a Tesla and the future of automobiles. This fully electric powered beauty has nothing but trunk space under the hood and doesn't make a sound or an emission. Ending my weekend with a glimpse of the future, with a fertilized mind and a full soul. A busy week ahead, until next time. - Brandy