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VoCA Recommends…4: Quebec and Vancouver in France, Vancouver and Montreal


Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver
June 28 to August 3, 2008

Bruce Bellas [Bruce of LA], “Untitled,” c. 1960. Image: presentationhousegall.com/vince aletti

Male is an exhibition of portrait works drawn from the personal collection of curator, writer and The New Yorker photography critic Vince Aletti. It features more than 100 photographs as well as drawings, sculptures, and paintings, juxtaposing works by celebrated figures with works by emerging artists, alongside anonymously authored images and flea market finds.

Attila Richard Lukacs / Polaroids / Michael Morris showcases over 600 Polaroid photographs by Vancouver painter Attila Richard Lukacs produced over the past twenty years as referents for paintings, assembled and collaged by Vancouver Island artist Michael Morris. Utilizing the unique characteristics of the Polaroid medium, Lukacs’ painter’s sensibility is evident in the photograph’s rich hues, deep chiaroscuro, romantic sensuality and graphic immediacy.

For the Presentation House Gallery website, please click HERE.

June 26 – 24 August, 2008
Ancien College des Jesuites & Palais du Tau, Reims, France

Jerome Fortin, Jérôme Fortin, Écran (det.), 2005. Image: dfait-maeci.gc.ca

Quebec Gold is an exhibition that assembles the works of seventeen Quebec artists, from among the best of their generation. Orchestrated by l’Association HB (Paris) and L’Oeil de Poisson (Quebec) for the 400th anniversary of the city of Quebec, this exhibition promises a partial, but nonetheless remarkable panorama of the new Quebec art scene, all to little known in France.

Isabelle Hayeur, Linda, 2006. Image: isabelle-hayeur.com

VoCA favorites Sylvain Bouthillette, Michel de Broin, Jerome Fortin and Isabelle Hayeur are only some of the excellent artists on view.

From among diverse disciplines this collection of works explore numerous themes like humor, notions of space – both real and fictitious. Together, these works compose a multi-experiential landscape.

For the website, please click HERE.

A Conversational Documentary Recording Martin Kippenberger’s Metro-Net Station in Dawson City, Yukon

By Zin Taylor
June 28, 2008
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, Montreal
7 pm

The documentary poster. Image: pavilionprojects.com

Put Your Eye in Your Mouth is a video installation structured as a 22-minute broadcast-length documentary that explores the personalities that form a fantastic narrative of the public identity of Martin Kippenberger’s Metro-net subway entrance/sculpture in the town of Dawson City, in the Yukon Territory.

Simulation of Portable Metro-net at Documenta X. Image: artnet.com

Taylor conducted an extensive interview with Reinald Nohal, German art patron, part-time Yukon resident, friend of Kippenberger’s and the builder and designer of the Metro-net. Nohal’s accounts of the conceptualization and construction of the Metro-net provided the basis for Taylor’s series of dramatic re-enactments.

This presentation is the first of a nameless, off-the-cuff and casual series organized by Pavilion Projects, in order to present medium length narrative video works for a captive audience.

Zin Taylor is represented by Jessica Bradley Art & Projects. Please click HERE

For more info on Pavilion Projects, please click HERE

June 26 – 12 September, 2008
Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris

Fred Herzog, Hastings & Seymour, 1961. Image: equinoxgallery.com

The Canadian Cultural Centre presents the first solo exhibition in Europe by German-born photographer Fred Herzog, who immigrated to Canada in 1953.

Vancouver brings together a selection of prints from the large photographic body of work that Herzog dedicated to his adoptive city, Canada’s West Coast capital.

Herzog spent more than half a century wandering through the streets of Vancouver with his camera. His lens focussed particularly on marginal areas, peripheral to the splendours of the budding city: second-hand shops, abandoned lots, barber shops, greasy spoon diners, crowded areas full of dreams, but also of disillusion.

Fred Herzog, Newspaper Readers, 1961. Image: equinoxgallery.com

Fred Herzog’s splendid images deploy a photographic vocabulary with roots in traditional documentary photography. Yet they are also, in some way, founders of the sought-after genre of Vancouver street photography, which many conceptual Vancouver photographers formalised by appropriating its codes and refusing all lyrical inclinations in its outcome.

Fred Herzog is represented by Equinox Gallery, Vancouver and by TrepanierBaer Gallery,Calgary.

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