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Canadian artists at the Vancouver Olympics

Some of the visual artists who will be exhibiting new works at the Vancouver 21010 Olympics:


Eric Metcalfe, Insectarium, 2005. Image: winchestergalleriesltd.com

1. ERIC METCALFE AND GEORGE LEWIS: IKONS

Ikons is a collaborative interactive art installation Vancouver performance and visual artist Eric Metcalfe and legendary American composer, trombonist and intellectual George Lewis.

For the piece, Metcalfe has created seven vibrant hand-painted sculptures, each about eight feet tall, that will house sonar sensors and speakers. The exhibition space will be full of recorded music composed by Lewis and performed by Vancouver’s contemporary/classical Turning Point Ensemble.

Ikons runs January 28 to February 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Five-Sixty, 650 Seymour Street, Vancouver. Admission is free. Click HERE for a map.

More, including Etienne Zack, David Hoffos and Don Ritter, if you click over…

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Etienne Zack, Absorb, 2008. Image: equinoxgallery.com

2. ETIENNE ZACK: NAMEMEDIUMSIZEYEAR

The celebrated young Canadian painter Etienne Zack, a native of Montreal who spent most of the past decade in Vancouver, won the 2005 RBC Canadian Painting Competition and has established an international reputation for paintings in which everyday objects take a surreal turn and come to life.


Etienne Zack, namemediumsizeyear, 2009. Image: vancouver2010.com

For the Olympics, Zack will turn one of his paintings into a three-dimensional sculpture by wrapping a large wooden structure in canvas.

Name Medium Size Year runs January 28 to February 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Five-Sixty, 650 Seymour Street, Vancouver. Admission is free.


A work from Scenes from the House Dream, by David Hoffos. Image: welovethat.ca

3. DAVID HOFFOS: YUKON SOUVENIR

David Hoffos, whose excellent show Scenes from a House Dream is currently on view at the National Gallery in Ottawa, is an Alberta artist who investigates and reveals illusions found in genre movies, stage magic, museum displays and theme-park attractions.

He debuts his latest work, Yukon Souvenir, at the Olympics.

Yukon Souvenir runs January 28 to February 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Five-Sixty, 650 Seymour Street, Vancouver. Admission is free.


Don Ritter, Vested. Image: myartspace.com

4. DON RITTER: VESTED

Berlin-based artist Don Ritter is showing Vested, his interactive installation in which, wearing a special vest, visitors navigate through a large video projection of well-known international buildings. When the vested person presses the red button on the vest, a Schadenfreude is depicted for the entertainment of others.

Vested runs February 4 – 21 at the Winter Olympics Cultural Pavilion – CODE Live 1
Great Northern Way Campus
577 Great Northern Way, Vancouver

2 Responses to “Canadian artists at the Vancouver Olympics”

  1. AC says:

    Many other artists are exhibiting in Vancouver: Ed Pien, Luc Courchesne, Adad Hannah, Isabelle Hayeur (whose installation light up a building’s windows in flames)…among others. More here: http://www.pfoac.com/index_EN.html

  2. AC says:

    Also, Hadley+Maxwell, Dana Claxton, Robin Collyer, Garry Neill Kennedy, Kevin Schmidt, Geneviève Cadieux and Jason Mclean. More here: http://www.jessicabradleyartprojects.com/news

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