Thursday, October 18, 2007

Mark Lewis: Artist's Tour tonight at the Vancouver Art Gallery

On November 2nd, 2005 The Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver presented an artist talk by Mark Lewis. Tonight, the Vancouver Art Gallery is presenting a tour of the exhibition, Mark Lewis: Modern Time led by Mark himself. The CASv would like to congratulate Mark on this exhibition which is on view until January 6, 2008.
Mark Lewis is represented by the Monte Clarke Gallery.

Mark Lewis
Thursday, October 18 at 7:00 pm
at the Vancouver Art Gallery

In conjunction with Mark Lewis: Modern Time we invite you to join the
artist for a special exhibition tour.

Over the past fifteen years, Mark Lewis has attracted widespread
acclaim for his work in film. Working within a distinctly minimal set
of parameters, he often dispenses with sound and limits the duration
of his work to about four minutes, the length of a standard roll of
35mm film stock. Presented directly on the walls of the gallery space,
these works deliberately blur the boundaries between film, painting
and photography.

Mark Lewis was born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1957 and lived in
Vancouver during the later 1980s and early 1990s. He currently lives
in London, England where he is a Principal Lecturer in Research at the
Central St. Martin's School of Art and Design. His work has been
widely exhibited in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. He is
co-founder and co-editor of Afterall Journal (London and Los Angeles)
and editor of the "One Work" series published by Afterall Books.

Free with Gallery admission.

For information phone 604-662 4717.

Mark Lewis: Modern Time
Vancouver Art Gallery

October 13, 2007–January 6, 2008

Friday, October 5, 2007

Lance Fung, Monday October 15th, 7:00pm

The Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver is pleased to present a talk by Lance Fung in partnership with The Contemporary Art Gallery & CBC Television
Monday, October 15, 2007, 7pm
Contemporary Art Gallery
555 Nelson Street, Vancouver, BC

Lance Fung
Artistic Director of Site Santa Fe 2008 +
Public Art Programming for the Beijing Olympics

Lecture topic: "Projects, Collaborations and Considering Canadian Content"

As an independent curator, Fung has created important exhibitions in
North America and abroad: Crossing Parallels, at the Samzie Space in
Seoul, Korea; Going Home, at the Edward Hopper Historical Museum,
Nyack, New York; Revisiting Gordon Matta-Clark, at the Venice
Architectural Biennale in 2002; and The Snow Show Preview at UNESCO's
Palazzo Zorzi for the 2003 Venice Biennale. One of his most exciting
projects was The Snow Show exhibition, realized in 2004 in Lapland and
in 2006 in Torino, Italy for The Cultural Olympiad of the XX Olympic
Winter Games. The Snow Show presented the collaborative works of over
30 internationally recognized artists and architects, including Tadao
Ando, Daniel Buren, Norman Foster, Morphosis, Yoko Ono, and Kiki
Smith. Currently, Fung is curating the first international
large-scale exhibition of public installations in Beijing, China in
conjunction with the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.

He is visiting Vancouver to cultivate relationships for possible
creative collaboration for the public art projects at the Beijing
Olympics and for possible collaborations for projects related to Site
Santa Fe 2008.
Special thanks to our partners for this evening: CBC Television & The Contemporary Art Gallery.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Lance Fung: Snow Show

The Snow Show - Curatorial Statement
On every continent, we witness how art and architecture have evolved from similar historical roots; indeed, the fine arts and architecture both find their common origin in those prehistoric wall paintings and earth carvings that are among the earliest examples of human culture. However, despite their common bonds, a centuries old schism divides the practices of art and architecture that is only now, in recent history, being bridged.
The previous Snow Show exhibitions, held in 2003 and 2004, provided uniquely compelling illustrations of the similarities and differences between the worlds of art and architecture. Few, if any, artist-architect collaborations had even been realized on such a grand scale; the two exhibitions included a total of nineteen structures designed and built from the ephemeral materials of ice and snow. The Snow Show created an interdisciplinary collaboration between individuals: one artist and one architect, working as a team to utilize snow and ice as the medium of design and construction. By eliminating familiar, stable materials, such as paint, bronze, wood, steel, and bricks, the hope was that preexisting biases, hierarchies, and principles of design would be neutralized. The use of snow and ice as a viable building material had not previously been explored to any great degree, and The Snow Show allowed participant teams to pioneer new approaches to the medium.
The collaborative premise for The Snow Show 2006 expands on the issues addressed by its predecessors, while incorporating a heightened attention to accessibility. Taking place in conjunction with the 20th Winter Olympic Games will provide The Snow Show 2006 with the opportunity to bring examples of cutting-edge contemporary art and architecture to an international, mainstream audience of millions. In contrast to the previous site, which was flat, narrow, and flanked by a frozen river, the distinctive physical features of the new location will greatly enhance the visceral experience of the viewers. The new location, at Sestriere in the Italian alps, has a unique topography that will allow the seven new projects to take advantage of varied settings, providing different levels for vantage and entrance points for each of the projects.

Furthermore, the warmer climate of the new site will shift the emphasis from monumental pavilions to projects that are more in keeping with the environmental landscape. As a result of this warmer climate, the primary building material will not be snow or ice, but water, as each design will have to take into account the effects of the melting process. This conceptual shift seems minor, yet it is crucial. This exhibition will necessarily place a new emphasis on the temporal process of aging, melting, and disintegration, aspects that will hopefully be embraced and highlighted by the participants. Monumental works will no longer be feasible; because the warmer latitude will result in the rapid melting of the snow and ice, the designs will need to make allowance for the ephemeral qualities of the material and take into account its unpredictable integration into the landscape and surrounding environment.
With a de-emphasis of vertical space in favor of an enlarged horizontal plane, the works become less monolithic, yet they may, in fact, be larger than in past exhibitions. This expansion of scale will encourage a greater sense of mystery and discovery, making possible the use of secluded, private settings and allowing for very meditative and intimate experiences with the work.
Finally, as a result of partnering with the Winter Olympic Games, the participants will consider the implications of sport and incorporate those considerations into their designs. No longer will the viewer simply be cast in the role of voyeur, but instead, each project will be able to fully engage the viewer in an interactive, participatory experience.
With The Snow Show 2006, I hope, not simply to recreate a wonderful exhibition, but to develop a new exhibition that will vary from and expand upon its predecessors and the designated theme.
Lance M. Fung, Curator
Torino, November 2004

Thursday, September 20, 2007

CASv opening lecture

Massimiliano Gioni
Director of Special Exhibitions
New Museum of Contemporary Art, NYC
Friday, September 21st
HR MacMillan Space Centre
1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC
Admission & parking are Free

photo by Selva Barni

RSVP or call 604-738-3500

Born in 1973, Massimiliano Gioni is an art critic and curator. Since 2003, he has been directing the Nicola Trussardi Foundation in Milan, while collaborating with various institutions in Italy and abroad. In Milan, since 2003, for the Fondazione Trussardi, Gioni has organized various solo shows, special projects, and public art interventions. Former US editor of Flash Art magazine, Massimiliano Gioni has published articles in Artforum, Frieze, Parkett and Art Press, and contributed writings to numerous magazines and catalogues.

In the fall of 2006 he joined the New Museum of Contemporary Art as Director of Special Exhibitions.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Sherri Kajiwara CASv President 2007/2008

I am honored to be the new President of the CASv. We have an incredibly talented and motivated Board of Directors, with Past President Jane Irwin taking on the responsibility of Editor of the CASv newsletter, Megan Kalaman, Secretary, Monica Reyes, Vice President, and returning Board Members Alden Habacon, Richard Josephs, Steve Wilson and members-at-large Gloria Smith and Petra Tode-Woods continuing to contribute to this vital organization. We are very pleased with the caliber of programming that the CASv has been able to develop and are very fortunate to have Programming Co-Chairs Sarah Macaulay and Natalia Tkachev (Co-Directors of Blanket Gallery in Vancouver and the Balmoral Gallery in Venice Beach) return with plans for a great year to come. Please join me in welcoming our new board members Joanne Fink (Research & Admin Assistant, Uno Langmann Ltd. Fine Art), Victoria Miachika (President of Artpark Communications), and Siobhan N. Smith (Registrar, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery).

You can personally meet our wonderful new board at upcoming events and learn more about them on our updated new website designed by Anna Plesset at
All CASv programming, events and resources, are run entirely by volunteers. The CASv does not receive any funding other than the money raised through memberships. I emphatically encourage you to renew your membership as soon as possible so that you can continue to support CASv programming and attend the exciting events we organize exclusively for members. Again, we are making it even easier to renew your membership this year by accepting credit cards (Courtesy of Hill’s of Kerrisdale) and approximately three quarters of the fee comes back to you in the form of a tax receipt!
I thank you for your continuing support of the CASv. It is only through your generosity that we can continue to bring quality contemporary public art programming to Vancouver. Please be sure to fill out the enclosed membership renewal form and invite your friends to join as well. I look forward to seeing you at all at this year’s events.
Sherri Kajiwara
The Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Toronto International Art Fair: CASv exclusive VIP tour

Exclusive CASV TIAF VIP Art Tour
The Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver is pleased to announce that we are this year's host of the exclusive VIP Art Tour of the Toronto International Art Fair (TIAF). Join Megan Kalaman (CASv Board Secretary) and Siobhán Smith (CASv Board of Directors) on a spectacular 4-day art extravaganza in the vibrant and eclectic city of Toronto. This members-only customized tour package will include luxury accommodation, as well as VIP access to the Fair and the Opening Night preview and gala. This year's fair runs from October 25-29, 2007, so don't miss out! For further information, or to reserve your place, please email