Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2014 RECAP & WISHING YOU ALL THE BEST IN 2015!

We wanted to wish you all the best for 2015, and to give you a sneak preview of what will be coming up for 2015. 


In 2015, we will be kicking January off with three exciting events: an exhibition tour of Tom Burrows' exhibition at the Belkin Gallery, a visit to the studio of Tiziana La Melia, 2014 winner of the RBC Painting Prize and a Tour of three art spaces and exhibitions in Chinatown. We have a great couple of collection tours planned for the early spring, one collection has over 1,200 pieces, very impressive! The CASV and its members will also be going a bit further afield, visiting some inspiring spaces and collections in North Vancouver. It is going to a spring of cherry blossoms and well, ART! 



2014 was a very busy year for the CASV.   
If you ever needed reasons to convince a friend or art lover to Join the CASV just show them this list of great programming events we hosted in 2014. Proof positive that the membership is well worth the investment!

Here is a 2014 recap on what our members got up to...

The CASV successfully completed the second iteration of the CASV Emerging Artis Prize Award and Exhibition at Access Gallery. Special thanks again to CASV EAP Committee for growing the Award, and the awareness. Thanks to several fundraising initiatives, this year we were able to gift a larger amount towards supporting the winner Joseph Staples and the nominated artists: Laura Piasta, Erdem Tasdelen, Derya Akay, Byron Peters. Thanks to the jury members again as well: Grant Arnold (Audain Curator of British Columbia Art, Vancouver Art Gallery); Vanessa Kwan, artist and programmer; Sarah Macaulay (Macaulay Fine Art); Kimberly Phillips (Director/Curator of Access Gallery), and Reid Shier (Director of Presentation House Gallery).

We completed artist studio visits with: 

We hosted several artist talks with: 

We also completed some amazing tours and talks:
Phew! Busy year indeed. Here is to another exciting year of 'Arting'. 

Happy Holidays and see you all in January!


We hope you enjoyed this year's programming and from all members of the CASV Board, we wish you all the best in 2015!



Sunday, November 9, 2014

SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER ROUND UP

We had a very busy start to the fall season this year with several events in September and October. We started things off with an Art Tour to the Mount Pleasant Area visiting some new spaces and fresh faces.

Field Founder Daniel Jeffries skyped in one of the LA based artists to discuss the work on exhibit.

The tour stopped at the Burrard Arts Foundation, Field Contemporary and Fazakas Gallery. Three spaces that are doing interesting things within the realms of public art, artist residencies, collaborations with international galleries, and trips to national and international art fairs. Do your own tour of the area, everything is within a 10 minute walking reach.

The second event in September was a studio visit to Joseph Staples studio. Joseph told us about an exhibit he had up at Malaspina Printmakers as well as the studio sale he was planning in order to fund him to go on an art making trip in the US.

Joseph Staples discussing his work.

Following this, the CASV visited the Surrey Art Gallery for a Tour with The National Gallery Curator of Photography Ann Thomas. Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of Artists Inspired by Nature, is an impressive exhibition featuring the work of many great Canadian and international artists, including Shary Boyle, Jim Breukleman, Aganetha and Richard Dyck, Frederick Evans, Lucian Freud, Lorraine Gilbert, Geoffrey James and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Thanks to Jordan Strom at the Surrey Art Gallery for coordinating this special tour with Ann, and of course, thanks to Ann for giving such an insightful tour.

Curator Ann Thomas - leading a tour at the Surrey Art Gallery

of many great Canadian and international artists, including Shary Boyle, Jim Breukelman, Aganetha and Richard Dyck, Frederick Evans, Lucian Freud, Lorraine Gilbert, Geoffrey James, and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. - See more at: http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/15810.aspx#sthash.SusiSd83.dpuf
October our members had the opportunity to visit the studios of artist Carol Sawyer and Derya Akay. Special thanks to both artists for hosting us.

Carol Sawyer (left) contemplating a question by one of our members.

In addition to studio visits, some members of the CASV also took off across the country to Toronto to take in Feature Art Fair and Art Toronto. We hope to post up some images from the visits to the fairs and also the extra events soon. Stay posted.

The view into Feature 2014
For the members who weren't completely exhausted by everything thus far, we closed the month with a great talk by Sarah Thornton in conjunction with the Canadian Art Foundation. Thornton was on a bit of a book tour promoting her new book entitled 33 Artists in 3 Acts. It was a great talk, and was very well attended.  Pick up the book, you won't regret it!



Friday, September 26, 2014

TOUR AT THE SURREY ART GALLERY

Thanks to everyone who came out to the tour at Surrey Art Gallery. We were lucky to have Ann Thomas give us a tour of the exhibition Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of Artists Inspired by Nature. Special thanks to Jordan Strom and the team at the Surrey Art Gallery for making us feel so welcome and for the beautiful reception post-tour. We just thought we'd share some photos of the exhibition as well as more information on all of the artists who are part of this fantastic show.


Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of artists Inspired by Nature, a touring exhibition organized by the National Gallery includes 74 extraordinary artworks from the 16th through 20th centuries, including strong representation from Great Britain with works by Lucian Freud, Charles Rennie McIntosh, William de Morgan. Postwar American photography by the likes of Lee Friedlander, Stephen Shore, and Joel Sternfeld; Extraordinary contemporary works by Canadians Aganetha and Richard Dyck, Shary Boyle, Lorraine Gilbert and Michel Campeau. Some wonderful 19th century photography from France Hippolyte Bayard, Eugène Atget, and Jean-Gabriel Eynard. And lovely 16th century Indian watercolour and German insect prints from the 17th century, among many other offerings.


Also on concurrently at the Surrey Art Gallery, Cascadia: A Juried Exhibition of West Coast Flora and Fauna. Cascadia showcases the art of more than thirty artists from Surrey and the surrounding region who are exploring the biological diversity and ecology of the West Coast. Organised by the Arts Council of Surrey, view the Cascadia Brochure here: Cascadia.

Aganetha Dyck and Richard Dyck, Hive Scan 14 (2001-2003) photograph.
Courtesy of the National Gallery of Canada and the artists.

Shari Boyle, Untitled (the Porcelain Fantasy series).
Courtesy of the National Gallery of Canada and the artist.

Photograph by Brian Giebelhaus

Photograph by Brian Giebelhaus

Photograph by Brian Giebelhaus

Photograph by Brian Giebelhaus

Cascadia showcases the art of more than thirty artists from Surrey and the surrounding region who are exploring the biological diversity and ecology of the West Coast. - See more at: http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/15814.aspx#sthash.ZCPVfAm4.dpuf
Cascadia showcases the art of more than thirty artists from Surrey and the surrounding region who are exploring the biological diversity and ecology of the West Coast.
Organized by the Arts Council of Surrey and presented in conjunction with the upcoming National Gallery exhibition Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of Artists.
- See more at: http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/15814.aspx#sthash.ZCPVfAm4.dpuf
Cascadia: a Juried Exhibition of West Coast Flora and Fauna - See more at: http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/15814.aspx#sthash.ZCPVfAm4.dpuf
Cascadia: a Juried Exhibition of West Coast Flora and Fauna - See more at: http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/15814.aspx#sthash.ZCPVfAm4.dpuf
Cascadia: a Juried Exhibition of West Coast Flora and Fauna - See more at: http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/1564.aspx#sthash.CrFWPu6D.dpuf
Cascadia: a Juried Exhibition of West Coast Flora and Fauna - See more at: http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/1564.aspx#sthash.CrFWPu6D.dpuf
Cascadia: a Juried Exhibition of West Coast Flora and Fauna - See more at: http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/1564.aspx#sthash.CrFWPu6D.dpuf

Sunday, September 7, 2014

MOUNT PLEASANT ART TOUR - SEPT 14

Join us for an afternoon tour of three Mount Pleasant art spaces on Sunday September 14th. Non-CASV members are also invited on this tour. 

The tour starts at 1pm, and will last approximately 3 hours. Below are the three spaces that we will be visiting. Meet us at the Burrard Arts Foundation on Broadway for 1pm. 

See you there!


MORE INFO ON THE SPACES THAT ARE ON THE TOUR:

BAF Studio was opened in April 2014 in conjunction with the launch of the Burrard Arts Foundation.  The gallery exists to promote and exhibit innovative and engaging contemporary art in an environment that is open and accessible to all.  BAF Studio has a special focus on providing assistance to promising and qualified emerging artists through professional support and development opportunities, providing resources that may not have existed otherwise.  

Along with our formal exhibition schedule, BAF Studio also hosts public programming and events, making it a great venue for the community to come together and share in the Arts.










In 1999, LaTiesha specialized in Northwest Coast Native Art while completing her Bachelor of Western Art History at the University of British Columbia. During this time she became an Art Dealer specializing in Northwest Coast Art. It is this combination of experience that influenced the genesis of the Fazakas Gallery. A gallery that embraces cross cultural contemporary works. 







Field Contemporary was founded by Daniel Jefferies in October of 2013. Situated at 17 West Broadway, the gallery was conceived as a space to promote critical artistic thinking and understanding and where local contemporary artists are able to correspond with international artists. Committed to furthering Vancouver’s visual cultural identity, Field wishes to lend the opportunity for success to emerging artists and curators. The first exhibition 
Outside A Marble Palace took place from April 25th — May 24th, 2014 and featured new work by Vancouver based artists Vanessa Brown & Deirdre McAdams. This is now the gallery's fourth exhibition, featuring work from San Francisco artists David Bayus and Evan Reiser and Los Angeles artist Ben Sanders.







Wednesday, August 20, 2014

TWO UPCOMING SEPTEMBER EVENTS!

We will soon be updating our website with all of the upcoming events in September and October. CASV members can also expect their first event invitation via eventbrite next week. Here are a couple events planned for September, and there will be more to come soon.



NEIGHBOURHOOD ART TOUR SERIES


New to the CASV this year, our programming for 2014-2015 will include a series of  neighbourhood art tours to galleries and artist-run project spaces. Focussing in on four different areas of Vancouver: Downtown, Mount Pleasant, Chinatown and Granville Street, the CASV looks forward to its members discovering new artists and art spaces throughout the city. 



MOUNT PLEASANT TOUR

Estimated tour time: between 2.5 - 3 hours   /  1:00 pm start time  /  3:45 pm estimated finish time


Join the CASV in surveying a selection of dedicated commercial and not-for-profit project spaces located in the Mount Pleasant Area. At each space the gallery directors will discuss their mandate and exhibition programming, a brief artist talk will follow, and CASV members can then take in  the exhibition at each destination. 

The three spaces we will be visiting in Mount Pleasant will be Burrard Arts Foundation, Field Contemporary and Fazakas Gallery. There are a myriad of interesting contemporary art spaces in this area, during the tour we will be sure to highlight other sites for future exploration.

Full details will be found within the official Eventbrite invitation that will be sent to all members soon.


Aganetha Dyck and Richard Dyck, Hive Scan 14 (2001-2003) photograph. 
Courtesy of the National Gallery of Canada and the artists.

EXHIBITION TOUR & RECEPTION


The CASV has partnered with the Surrey Art Gallery to present its members with a curator tour and reception.  Join us at the Surrey Art Gallery to take in a tour of the National Gallery of Canada's exhibition entitled Flora & Fauna. Curated by Ann Thomas and Andrea Kunard, the CASV is pleased to announce that Ann Thomas will lead the tour of this exhibition. Thomas is a curator of Photography at the National Gallery of Canada.

About the exhibition:

FLORA AND FAUNA: 400 years of artists inspired by nature
Organized by the National Gallery of Canada
At the Surrey Art Gallery
September 20 to December 14, 2014

Nature has been an enduring subject for artists across time and cultures. From the ancient garden frescoes at Pompeii to Dutch still-lifes, 19th century botanical studies and 21st century land art projects, nature has been either a simple fact of life or a source of curiosity, consolation, and spiritual regeneration. Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of Artists Inspired by Nature explores the natural world through paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and crafted objects. Responding to the richness and diversity of plant life and the creatures that occupy natural spaces, the artists in this exhibition express nature’s complexity and fragility in a variety of ways—from the epic and analytical to the detailed and intimate. This exceptionally varied exhibition, drawn mainly from the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, features 74 works dating from the 16th to the 21st centuries. Presenting a wide variety of media, scale, and style, it features the work of many great Canadian and international artists, including Shary Boyle, Jim Breukelman, Aganetha and Richard Dyck, Frederick Evans, Lucian Freud, Lorraine Gilbert, Geoffrey James, and Charles Rennie Mackintosh.


Shary Boyle, Untitled (the Porcelain Fantasy series), 2005
Courtesy of the National Gallery of Canada.

About the Surrey Art Gallery:
 
Surrey Art Gallery is the second largest public art gallery in the Metro Vancouver region. Internationally recognized, the Gallery showcases diverse artistic practices, including digital and audio art, by local, national and international artists. Gallery interpretive programs include talks, symposia, demonstrations, workshops and school programs with artists, educators and other specialists.

Surrey Art Gallery's mission is to engage the public in an ongoing dialogue about issues and ideas that affect our numerous communities, as expressed through contemporary art, and to provide opportunities for the public to interact with artists and the artistic process. It accomplishes these aims through exhibitions, programs, and publications of contemporary art. To meet its mandate, the Surrey Art Gallery also acquires, manages, researches, preserves, and exhibits work from its contemporary art collection, held in trust for present and future citizens of the City of Surrey. The Gallery focuses on contemporary art made since 1975.

Surrey Art Gallery is a municipal art gallery, supported by the Surrey Art Gallery Association and funding from individuals, organizations, and operating and project grants from the Arts Council of British Columbia and the Canada Council for the Arts.








Monday, June 2, 2014

A YEAR IN REVIEW

Having just wrapped up our AGM, we are already starting to prepare the fall studio visits, events and receptions.

But before we give you a sneak peak into what is coming up, we thought we would do a year in review of everywhere we have been and everything we have seen. Forward this post onto friends you think may want to Join the CASV as it gives them great insight into what the membership includes.  Here's to a great 2014-2015 season kicking off in September!


CASV A YEAR IN REVIEW:

- 10+ Studio visits including visits to: Dana Claxton, Jordy Hamilton, Roselina Hung, Fiona Ackerman, Beau Dick, Dan Starling and Diyan Achjadi, Evann Siebens and more...







- 2 public talks, one by Kim Dorland in conjunction with Emily Carr University and another by Hammad Nasar in conjunction with Centre A and SFU.

Young Girl by Kim Dorland

- 2 gallery talks one at Equinox Gallery with Adad Hannah about his Ophelia work and is upcoming exhibition and another coming up on the 6th of June with Colleen Heslin at Monte Clark gallery.

The Raft of the Medusa by Adad Hannah

- An interesting collection tour of the Hotel Georgia's collection by Farmboy Fine Arts.

Artwork at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver

- A public site visit and artist talk about the artwork with artist Vanessa Kwan

Geyser by Vanessa Kwan


- The second CASV Emerging Artist Prize and Exhibition event at Access Gallery.

Emerging Artist Prize Exhibition at Access Gallery 2014

- Two private collection tours and an amazing CASV Paris Trip.



- Art Tours of Gastown, Great Northern Way, Main Street and Chinatown with the Canadian Art Hop



- Two artist panels, one at the Richmond Art Gallery on curating and another public conversation on painting with the Vanhop at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Rachel Rosenfeld Lafo, Donna Partridge, Kate Bellringer and Wil Aballe at the Richmond Art Gallery

As the 2013-2014 season winds down before it gears up again in the fall, we hope you will join us for Colleen Heslin's talk at Monte Clark Gallery on the 6th of June. She will be discussing her exhibition that is opening the following day. Here is a link to the details and your invite should already be in your inbox. http://www.casv.ca/artist-talks/artist-talk-with-colleen-heslin

New work by Colleen Heslin

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

EMERGING ARTIST PRIZE - CONGRATULATIONS TO JOSEPH STAPLES

We are pleased to announce this year's winner of the CASV Emerging Artist's prize: JOSEPH STAPLES. Thank you to Access Gallery for hosting the exhibition this year, and to all the participating judges and submitting artists. The next iteration of the Contemporary Art Society's Emerging Artist Prize will take place in 2016. 

Emerging Artist Prize Chair - Rachel Rosenfeld Lafo and this year's Winner Joseph Staples.
CASV Emerging Artist Prize Exhibition installed at Access Gallery in Vancouver.

The winner of the second Contemporary Art Society Emerging Artist’s Prize is Joseph Staples, who was awarded $3000 at last night’s opening of the CASV Emerging Artist’s Prize Exhibition at Access Gallery. Jury members Grant Arnold, Vanessa Kwan, Sarah Macaulay, Kimberly Phillips, and Reid Shier selected Staples from a field of five finalists. The jurors recognized the quality of work of all five finalists, who were chosen from a field of 89 entries.

Staples’ work, along with that of the other four finalists, Derya Akay, Byron Peters, Laura Piasta, and Erdem Tasdelen,who each received a $500 awardis on view through May 31, 2012 at Access Gallery, 222 E. Georgia Street, Vancouver.http://accessgallery.ca/

Staples’ works with found images and photography through collage and printmaking. His project for this exhibition revolves around real estate, printmaking, failure and the unknown. The jurors noted how the work Staples submitted for the exhibition builds on his earlier work but represents an exciting new direction for the artist, demonstrating a more complex reference to the urban landscape. Staples has exhibited locally at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Equinox Gallery, Wil Aballe Art Projects, Malaspina Printmakers and abroad.

This CASV Emerging Artist’s Prize was established in 2011 to encourage and support artists within the first five years of their careers, and is the only one of its kind in Vancouver selected through an open competition.

The prize is entirely funded by donations of CASV members and supporters. The CASV is a not-for-profit membership-based organization founded in 1977 that focuses on promoting an appreciation and understanding of Contemporary Art. Members enjoy studio visits, art trips, collection visits and lectures by prominent artists, critics, collectors, designers, architects and fine art professionals. For more information about CASV visit the website: http://www.casv.ca/.

Friday, May 23, 2014

CASV International Art Tour – Paris 2014

Jean Pierre Raynaud installation, photo by Holly

From June 3rd to the 8th, thirteen members of the Vancouver Contemporary Art Society (CASV) will be exploring the contemporary art scene of Paris.  Paris has a brilliant and dynamic contemporary art scene and it is my great pleasure to be able to share this opportunity with my friends and fellow members.  My focus is to demonstrate the excellent level of quality and innovation that is my experience with exhibitions in Paris though a diversity of forms including collection visits, private exhibition tours and studio visits.

Highlights of the tour will include a visit to the hippest and most experimental art institution in Paris, the Palais de Tokyo, with a ‘behind the scenes’ preview of their “in progress” art installation by Argentinian artist Eduardo Basualdo and a chance to talk with the artist and curator about it.  We will meet with the collectors associations Sam Art Projects and ADIAF (Association for the International Diffusion of French Art) who show tremendous support for the development and promotion of French artists through initiatives such as the Duchamp Prize.  The Duchamp Prize is France’s equivalent to the U.K.’s Turner Prize, initiated and supported by ADIAF.  At the recommendation of top art collectors, we will experience studio visits with definitive French artists Jean Pierre Raynaud, Jean-Michel Othoniel and Xavier Veilhan. 

Parisian galleries represent many of the world’s most important internationally renowned artists.  Emmanuel Perrotin, for example, launched the career of art superstar Takashi Murakami, being the first to exhibit Murakami’s work outside of Japan.  Perrotin, who will be one of our hosts, was named by British daily newspaper, the Guardian, “One of the most powerful people in the art world.”  He has successfully placed two of his artists in collaboration with the Palace Versailles where their work was installed throughout the palace grounds.  The CASV is fortunate to be visiting the studio of two of Perrotin’s artists, including Xavier Veilhan who is one of very few contemporary artists to receive the very rare privilege of exhibiting at Chateau Versailles.  We are also most fortunate to be invited by Kamel Mennour to experience his solo exhibition of Anish Kapoor, one of the world’s most important artists of the moment. 

Highlights of private and public contemporary art collections include a trip to the Champagne region for the “Pommery Experience” curated by the Director of FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Florence Derieux. The collection has been installed in the champagne cellars or caves, which are actually limestone and chalk pits from the 1800’s.  This fusion of old and new is something that is so definitive of French contemporary art and therefore an integral part of our tour.

The Pommery Experience reveals another definitive factor of the French art world – corporate sponsorship.  French luxury brands like YSL, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, and liquor distributors like Pommery, Ricard and many others, have been integral in supporting the contemporary arts, often through project and event sponsorship, corporate collections, and collaborations.  LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) has invited the CASV to join them for cocktails in their private exhibition space, Espace Culturel, overlooking the Champs Elysees, while hearing about their current exhibition by L.A. artist and feminist, Andrea Bowers.

I am thrilled to share these and other unique experiences of the brilliant art world of Paris with members of the CASV!

- Holly Marie Armishaw
Lunar Asparagus by Patrick Laroche







The tour has been organized by the volunteer efforts of Holly Marie Armishaw who will also lead the tour.  Armishaw is a contemporary, Vancouver-based artist, and serves on the CASV Board of Directors.  www.hollyarmishaw.com










The CASV gratefully acknowledge support from the following:



Tuesday, April 29, 2014

PSST... HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE EMERGING ARTIST'S PRIZE FINALISTS?


Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver Announces
Finalists for 2014 Emerging Artist’s Prize

The Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver (CASV) has announced five finalists for the 2014 CASV Emerging Artist’s Prize, a competition open to emerging artists in the Lower Mainland. The biennial prize was established in 2011 to encourage and support artists within the first five years of their careers, and is the only one of its kind in Vancouver selected through an open competition.

Chosen from among 89 applicants, the five are:
  • Derya Akay
  • Byron Peters
  • Laura Piasta
  • Joseph Staples
  • Erdem Tasdelen

The distinguished jury of art professionals who selected the finalists are: 
  • Grant Arnold (Audain Curator of British Columbia Art, Vancouver Art Gallery)
  • Vanessa Kwan, artist and programmer
  • Sarah Macaulay (Macaulay Fine Art)
  • Kimberly Phillips (Director/Curator of Access Gallery)
  • Reid Shier (Director of Presentation House Gallery)
The selected artists work in a wide range of contemporary art practices, including video, installation, sculpture, painting, sound, collage, printmaking, photography, and ceramics. 

Their work will be exhibited at Access Gallery (accessgallery.ca) in Vancouver from May 17 - 31, with an opening reception on Thursday, May 22 from 7 – 10pm. 

The winner of the $3000 prize will be announced at 7:30 pm on the night of the opening.

“We are pleased that for this second competition so many talented artists applied,” says CASV Emerging Artist’s Prize Chair, Rachel Lafo, “and look forward to the exhibition of their work and the juror’s selection of the prize winner. We hope that the recognition the artists receive is a further validation of their artistic efforts.”

The prize is entirely funded by donations of CASV members and supporters. The CASV is a not-for-profit membership-based organization founded in 1977 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. To join CASV visit the website: www.casv.ca.

MEDIA CONTACT: Aderyn Davies, aderynd@gmail.com, 778-836-2334
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