Tuesday, December 17, 2013


A couple of weeks ago we visited Beau Dick's Studio. This was quite a magical visit; in addition to his fine carving skills and his critical artistic vision, Dick is also an entrancing storyteller and historian. He took us all on a journey that explored the history of his practice and his people, all the while illuminating how the two elements are deeply intertwined. It was a great visit that many members will remember for quite some time. 

Monday, December 2, 2013


We just wrapped up another captivating studio visit with Jordy Hamilton over the weekend. Only one more left for 2013. Join us next week when we will be visiting Beau Dick's studio.

Thursday, November 21, 2013


We have a second studio visit scheduled in December, we will visit Beau Dick on the 8th of December. 

Beau Dick is currently the artist in residence at the AHVA at UBC. 
Here is an interesting introduction to the man, the myth, the legend; the maker of monsters.
A carver who takes much of his inspiration and technique from traditional Kwakwaka’wakw art, Beau’s work has been particularly noted for its embrace of contemporary influences, often incorporating European and Asian styles into his creations. His masks in particular have been lauded for their rough yet realistic presentation, representing a piece that is both austere yet incredibly life-like. As the artist himself has put it:

“My style is sometimes referred to as “Potlatch Style” as it comes from a tradition of ceremony which requires many masks to be made in a short period of time. It takes many years of practice and an understanding of balance in order to create a work that is appears finished in a natural and instinctive manner, without seeming overthought.” 

Currently, Beau Dick’s work can be seen in the exhibitions, Witnesses: Art and Canada’s Indian Residential School at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery on the UBC campus (until December 1, 2013) and The Voyage, or Three Years at Sea Part VI at the Charles H. Scott Gallery at Emily Carr University of Art and Design (until November 24, 2013).  

Beau Dick, acclaimed as one of the Northwest Coast’s most versatile and talented carvers, was born on Village Island, Kingcome Inlet, BC and lives and works in Alert Bay, BC. Reaching out beyond the confines of his own Kwakwaka’wakw culture, Dick has explored new formats and techniques in his work, including painting and drawing. His work can be found in private collections as well as museums, including the Canadian Museum of Civilization (Gatineau, QC), the Heard Museum (Phoenix, AZ), the Burke Museum (Seattle, WA), the UBC Museum of Anthropology and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Dick’s work has been exhibited most recently inSakahan: International Indigenous Art (2013) at the National Gallery of Canada, 75 Years of Collecting: First Nations: Myths and Realities (2006) at the Vancouver Art Gallery andSupernatural with Neil Campbell (2004) at the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver). In 2012, Dick received the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation’s VIVA Award for Visual Arts.
The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory’s Artist in Residence program is supported by funding from the University of British Columbia’s First Nations Studies Department and the Faculty of Arts Dean’s Office.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Join us as we visit with Jordy Hamilton on Sunday December 1st. 

If you are interested in attending this visit, as well as other CASV events, you can join as a member, find all the info you need here: http://www.casv.ca/membership

Jordy Hamilton completed an MFA at the University of British Columbia in 2011. In 2012, he was a finalist in the RBC Painting Competition, as well as in the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver’s inaugural emerging artist’s prize and was chosen as one of the top ten emerging artist in the VIP MFA Art Fair.  Jordy currently lives and works in Vancouver. In his work, painting functions as the primary mode of a multifaceted approach to art making. Sculpture, film, photography and installation have been employed at times alongside a more traditional studio practice. Recent bodies of work have developed around themes such as painting, craft, time, work, desire and escape.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Emerging Artist Prize reception, 2012
Emerging artists in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland are invited to submit their work for consideration for the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver's second Emerging Artist’s Prize. 

The CASV has announced the prize, which comes with a cash award of $3,000 to encourage and support artists within the first five years of their careers.  The prize is the only one of its kind selected through an open competition.  “There are other artist prizes awarded in Vancouver, but those are by nomination only, and focus on mid-career or senior artists,” explained CASV Board Member, Rachel Lafo, Chair of the Emerging Artist’s Prize.  “We wanted to provide emerging artists with a chance to showcase their work and receive financial support to enable them to keep on working.” 

The prize is open to artwork in all media by artists residing in the Lower Mainland. The prize defines an emerging artist as someone who has completed training, is in the first five years of an artistic career and has had at least one exhibition at an artist-run centre, public gallery, or commercial gallery.  A jury will select five finalists whose work will be exhibited at a public Gallery in Vancouver in mid-May 2014. The finalists will also receive a cash prize.

The prize is entirely funded by CASV memberships and donations.  

The CASV is a not-for-profit membership-based organization that focuses on promoting an appreciation and understanding of Contemporary Art.  Members enjoy studio visits, art trips, and lectures by prominent artists, critics, collectors, designers, architects and fine art professionals from North America and abroad. Founded in 1977, the Society has sponsored talks by such acclaimed artists and curators as Andy Warhol, Arthur Erickson, Germano Celant, Jessica Stockholder, Omer Arbel, Wanda Koop, Rebecca Belmore, Stan Douglas and many others.

For more information about eligibility and how to apply, please see the CASV website at http://www.casv.ca and click on the Emerging Artist’s Prize link or http://submissions.casv.ca/


The Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver is a registered not-for-profit organization entirely reliant on member support.  Thank you for yours!  Please visit the CASV website for event listings and membership information. 

Founded in 1977, the CASV creates opportunities for exploring, appreciating and understanding contemporary art.

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The Contemporary Art Society is grateful to many members and friends for their generous donations to support CASV's Emerging Artists Prize. Several supporters have also donated works of art that are being auctioned through Maynards, the proceeds from which go directly towards funding the Prize. 
One of those works, Myfanwy MacLeod's, Clarice, a cut-up film poster from 2011, is now available on Maynards online auction (lot #99) until November 18.

Now you have a chance to acquire one of her works while at the same time supporting the Emerging Artist's Prize, To bid, follow this link:http://auctions.maynardsfineart.com/asp/fullCatalogue.asp?salelot=T9++++++++99+&refno=+++68081&saletype=I

Myfanwy MacLeod, Clarice, 2011, cut-up film poster

Vancouver based Myfanwy MacLeod has a diverse practice that blends references to folk art, abstract painting, art history, film history childhood experience, and high and low culture. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Charles H. Scott Gallery, the Contemporary Art Gallery, the Satellite Gallery, Catriona Jeffries Gallery, and Museum London, among others. MacLeod will have a solo show at the Vancouver Art Gallery from March to June 2014.


A couple of images from Reece Terris' fascinating artist talk a couple of weeks ago. It was a great survey of the many projects Reece has been working on since completing his degree at SFU. Thanks Reece!

Join us on Saturday November 16th for an artist talk with Adad Hannah.
See you then!

Sunday, October 6, 2013


The Or Gallery is coming on 30 years running. A Vancouver institution in the Artist Run Centre realm, they are hosting a 30th Anniversary Art Auction & Dinner on the 18th of October. 

The gallery would like to extend a preferential rate for ticket purchases to the auction to members of the CASV. If you are interested in supporting Or Gallery and attending their auction you can get in touch with them to purchase tickets via the Auction Website: http://bricksandmortar.orgallery.org/

Elizabeth Zvonar, Fe-male, 2013 digital lighjet print of handcut collage, 10 x 15" (2013 Auction piece)


Or Gallery 30th Anniversary Art Auction and Dinner to Establish a Residency & Project Space in Vancouver

18 October 2013

Vancouver Rowing Club
450 Stanley Park Drive

Tickets: $175
Tables of 10: $1500

2013 marks the 30th anniversary of the Or Gallery. This significant milestone provides the opportunity to reflect on the Or's venerable history as a space for experimental art practices, and to bring an ambitious new project to light. The Or Gallery is raising funds to purchase a residency and studio space that will provide a flexible programming venue for talks, readings and open studios. The project reflects an early moment in the gallery's history: from 1983-1987, the gallery's Franklin Street location featured an adjoining apartment, allowing a succession of artists to live int eh space and curate exhibitions and projects. 

You can become involved. We are raising money to martch $100,000 in funds generously promised by the City of Vancouver, and the Or Gallery needs the Vancouver Public's help. Donate online here: www.orgallery.org


the Geyser for Hillcrest Park

CASV Members visited Vanessa Kwan and Erica Stocking's Hillcrest Geyser yesterday. Vanessa was on site to discuss the Geyser as well as current and future projects. We didn't manage any snaps from the day, but we have managed to show you some images of the Geyser courtesy of Vanessa Kwan's website and via mashedthoughts.com

 The Geyser is the last of the 23 temporary and permanent public art pieces commissioned by the City of Vancouver as part of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic games legacy. It is located east of Hillcrest Centre on the grassy knoll at the corner of Ontario and Peveril Street. The geyser only erupts when water is needed in the grey water catchment system that is used for sanitary and irrigation needs in the Hillcrest Centre, making it par to the green initiatives of the building. 

Future studio visit coming up: Reece Terris - October 20th.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


We just wanted to remind everyone about the Hamad Nasar talk this evening. This event is also open to the public so bring a non-member to enjoy the talk, and show them the great CASV events and what the membership has to offer! See you this evening!

Minutes From a Second Story 
-Visiting International Speaker - Centre A
Hammad Nasar, Head of Research and Programmes
Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong

Thursday, September 19, 2013, 7pm

Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Room 2555
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
Simon Fraser University
149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver.

We visited Dana Claxton's Studio a short while ago, below are some photos from her talk. We wish her all the best in her forthcoming exhibition that is also opening this evening at Winsor Gallery.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Open to the public - you do not have to be a CASV member to attend this event. 

Minutes From a Second Story | Visiting International Speaker | Centre A
Hammad Nasar, Head of Research and Programmes, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong
Thursday, September 19, 2013, 7pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Room 2555
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
Simon Fraser University
149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver.

Presented with the support of SFU Woodwards Cultural Unit, Vancity Office of Community Engagement and the Contemporary Arts Society, Vancouver.

Hammad Nasar is a curator and writer, and recently moved to Hong Kong as Head of Research and Programmes at the Asia Art Archive, where he plays a strategic role in developing AAA’s collection and shaping initiatives, partnerships and programmes that generate new thinking around the material in the collection and about the art of the region. Earlier, he co-founded and was Curatorial Director of the London-based arts organization Green Cardamom. He was a Fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme, Research Fellow at Goldsmith College, and Arts Director for the UK’s Festival of Muslim Cultures (2006-07). His recent projects include: Safavids Revisited at the British Museum (2009); Where Three Dreams Cross at the Whitechapel Gallery, London (2010); Beyond the Page: Miniature as Attitude in Contemporary Art from Pakistan at the Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA (2010) and Drawn from Life at Abbot Hall Gallery & Museum, Kendal, UK (2011). His ongoing curatorial projects include Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space (2005-ongoing) and Mashq: Repetition, Meditation, Mediation (2009-ongoing). Prior to entering the art world, Nasar worked as a management consultant and banker. Nasar will speak on questions of geography, region and nation with insights into developments in contemporary art from West Asia or the “Middle East”, and with relation to the current exhibition at Centre A, “Minutes from a Second Story” by Hajra Waheed.

Asia Art Archive is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to documenting the recent history of contemporary art in Asia within an international context. Founded in 2000, AAA is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading public resources for contemporary art in Asia. It continues to grow through a systematic program of research and critical engagement.

Centre A was constituted in 1999 and opened its first gallery space at 849 Homer Street in 2000. Artist, Hank Bull was the Founding Director of Centre A (1999-2010) working with a founding Board of Directors which included art patron and educator, Stephanie Holmquist, artist and curator, Sheng Zhengtian, and artist Jin Me Yoon. Founding Benefactors, Stephanie Holmquist and Milton Wong, along with Anndraya Luui ensured Centre A’s success as a public gallery. In 2002, Sadira Rodrigues was hired as Centre A’s first curator, succeeded by Alice Ming Wai Jim (2004) and Makiko Hara (2007). Since its inception, Centre A has produced almost 100 exhibitions, showcasing the work of over 300 artists. Some highlights of Centre A’s past programming include: Yoko Ono, Lida Abdul, David Khang and Noriko Sunayama.


We are looking forward to kicking off the fall with a visit to Dana Claxton's Studio. Join us on September 8th. For more information visit the CASV Website.

Tatanka Wanbli Checkpa Wincincala, Twins Transform 4 of 5, 2006

C-print on archival paper, edition of 6, 30 x 40 in

Dana Claxton works in film, video, photography, single and multi channel video installation and performance art. Her practice investigates beauty, the body, the socio-political and the spiritual. Her work has been shown internationally at the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Walker Art Centre, Sundance Film Festival, Eiteljorg Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney, AU) and held in public collections including the Vancouver Art Gallery, National Gallery of Canada, Art Bank of Canada and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. She has received numerous awards including the VIVA Award and the Eiteljorg Fellowship.

Her work was selected for the 17th Biennale of Sydney Biennale (10), de Biennale MontrĂ©al (07), Biennale d’art contemporain du Havre, France (06), Micro Wave, Hong Kong (05) Art Star Biennale, Ottawa (05) and Wro 03 Media Arts Biennale Wroclaw Poland (03). She has created commissioned works for the University of Lethbridge Gallery, Alternator Gallery, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Urban Shaman, Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery and Tribe. She has presented talks at the Getty Institute (LA) and the Art College Association (USA) and the Opening Week Forum of the Biennale of Sydney. 

Claxton was born in Yorkton Saskatchewan and her family reserve is Lakota First Nations -Wood Mountain located in beautiful Southwest Saskatchewan.  Her paternal Euro-Canadian Grandmother taught her how to harvest and preserve food and her maternal Lakota grandmother taught her to seek justice. Dana is the youngest of four siblings, an auntie, niece, cousin and daughter.

Claxton is represented by Winsor Gallery in Vancouver. 

Friday, April 12, 2013


Art. Talks. Tours.
April 27. All Free. All Day.

Join us for a day of art, tours and talks at the Canadian Art Foundation Gallery Hop Vancouver, presented in partnership with the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver. It promises to be a jam-packed day of hopping from one site to the next, who knows where your art journey will lead you. Want to learn more about the tours, talks, and magazine launch? 
Visit: http://www.canadianart.ca/microsites/vancouverhop/index.php

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The Canadian Art Foundation is a charitable, non-profit organization. Our mission is to promote the understanding and appreciation of the visual arts in Canada by providing an informative, provocative and lively forum for audiences to engage with artists and their works. For more information about our programs, please visit canadianart.ca/foundation.

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Founded in 1977, the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver(CASV) creates opportunities for exploring, appreciating and understanding contemporary art. CASV schedules an exciting program of studio visits and lectures by prominent artists, critics, collectors, designers, architects and fine-art professionals to speak annually between September and June. For more information about programs and membership, please visit casv.ca.

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