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					                                                                                           and perhaps more willingly connected           want to do - without giving way under the      to negotiate a response that respectfully
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ing bouts of the simple and the complex. It is
                                                                                           to networks in Europe, Asia, the UK and        pressure to fit easily into accepted catego-   engages with what they’ve been asked to             often absurdly expansionistic and lacks clar-
                                                                                           America than they are to other cities in       ries. At worst, the artist makes work that     do.                                                 ity due to its chronic and programmatic mis-
                                                                                           Canada. Vancouver’s community has cer-         plays directly into the desires of a system                                                        taking of one idea for another, for example.
                                                                                           tainly thrived in negotiating this complex     that adores consistency and categoriza-        It has not been our desire to force collabo-        He has exhibited at CSA Space, Or Gallery,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Helen Pitt Gallery, Shudder Gallery, LES gal-
                                                                                           relationship to international exposure.        tion. Experimentation is displaced in fa-      rations or correspondence upon incon-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             lery, Eyelevel Gallery (Halifax), Jeffrey Boone
                                                                                                                                          vour of career stability.                      gruous subjects. The only communication             Gallery, and has upcoming shows at Café for
                                                                                           In considering the taxonomical impulse                                                        we’ve facilitated between the artists as a          Contemporary Art (North Vancouver), Min-
                                                                                           implicit in the desire to identify and         In this case, the artists have been invited    component of this exhibition has been               istry of Casual Living (Victoria), and 2of2
                                                                                           group artists together according to re-        to participate in an exhibition that asks      the transmission of their instructional             Gallery (Toronto). His work has appeared in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Pyramid Power and The Fillip Review. He was
                                                                                           gional identity, the parameters for this       them to perform two tasks.                     documents. Neither have we wanted to                also the recipient of the 2008 Painting on The
                                                                                           exhibition suspend comparative analysis                                                       flatten difference through idealistic uni-          Edge grand prize.
                                                                                           of works that are exemplary of the par-        Firstly, they have been asked to produce an    ties. If distinct regional tendencies are
                                                                                           ticipating artists’ practices. Instead of an   instructional document for an artist who       visible in the approaches these artists             Sara Mameni Born 29/03/1977; debts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             $50000 (and growing); 2008 tax return
                                                                                           emphasis on what these artists usually         is unknown to them. These documents            have taken, then a space had to be made
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             $734.56; debit card # 5872971307****; mov-
                                                                                           make, this exhibition gives evidence of        constitute the principal contribution of       for the individuals participating in this           ing to San Diego in September.
                                                                                           disparities in the way they think.             each artist to this show and they vary         show to misunderstand and reinterpret
                                                                                                                                          in their approach and authoritativeness.       one another. We could not assume that               Born in West Flanders, Belgium, Isabelle
                                                                                           Restricted to the space of three standard      Some are poetic, setting impossible or         these artists share much in common,                 Pauwels lives and works in Vancouver, BC.
Transcontinental Divide                                                                    letter sized pieces of paper, the five Van-    loosely defined tasks. Others are almost       apart from the need to approach artmak-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             She studied sculpture at Emily Carr Univer-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             sity in Vancouver, and completed her gradu-
Transcontinental Divide                                                                    couver artists and five Ottawa artists in      excessively step-by-step and diagrammat-       ing exactly as they believe they should.            ate studies at the School of the Art Institute
                                                                                           this show were asked to provoke, instruct,     ical. It is typical in the working method-                                                         of Chicago where she integrated video into
                                                                                           direct or lead each other as unknown col-      ologies of many contemporary artists for       We would like to thank all participat-              her practice. Recently she has shown at Black-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             wood Gallery, Mississauga; Artspeak, Vancou-
                                                                                           leagues in the production of a new work.       the idea of an artwork to be sketched out      ing artists for generously and perhaps
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ver; and Presentation House Gallery in North
                                                                                           From the outset, the participating artists     before entering into the production stage.     nervously relinquishing some authorial              Vancouver.
                                                                                           were informed that both sets of these in-      Typically, such instructions are passed        control while simultaneously working so
                                                                                           structional documents would be displayed       on to a craftsperson or labourer who is        thoughtfully through this project. The              Ron Tran was born in Saigon, Vietnam and
                                                                                           in the concurrent exhibitions. The work        usually expected to execute them exact-        complex responses they have contributed             currently lives and works in Vancouver, BC.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             He graduated from Emily Carr Institute of Art
                                                                                           resultant from the received instructions,      ingly if not unquestioningly. (Consider        help to sustain rather than resolve the             and Design in 2004 and has exhibited at Law-
                                                                                           however, would be displayed only in the        the history of minimalist sculpture and        questions engendered by the conceptual              rence Eng Gallery, Vancouver; Neon Gallery,
                                                                                           artist’s “home” gallery. In other words,       the many instances in which industrial         parameters of this exhibition.                      Sweden; Artspeak, Vancouver; the Seattle Art
                                                                                           should a viewer see this show at Gallery       manufacture was absolutely essential to                                                            Museum; Western Front, Vancouver; Nor-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             wich Gallery, England; Charles H. Scott Gal-
                                                                                           101 in Ottawa, they would see facsimiles       the materialization of an artist’s idea.)       Paul Kajander
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             lery, Vancouver; The Power Plant, Toronto;
                                                                                           of both the Ottawa and Vancouver artist’s                                                      Director/Curator                                   Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal, PQ.
                                                                                           instructions, but only what an Ottawa          The second role these artists have taken
                                                                                           artist has made of a Vancouver artist’s        on is to evaluate and in some sense rescue
                                                                                           ideas.                                         each idea from the unadulterated labour          Raymond Boisjoly works in Vancouver, BC.
Transcontinental Divide                       work, Robert Filliou’s hopeful term for                                                     of its execution. Granted the autonomy           He has participated in recent group exhibi-
                                                                                                                                                                                           tions at the Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancou-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             HELEN PITT GALLERY ARTIST RUN CENTRE
                                              interconnectedness and exchange.             It is not unusual for artists to work at the   to reject, salvage, interpret or submit to                                                         The Helen Pitt Gallery would like to acknowledge the
                                                                                                                                                                                           ver), Crawl Space Gallery (Seattle), the Mor-
The Helen Pitt Gallery Artist Run Centre                                                   behest of a curatorial agenda. I am gen-       the received instructions, what is finally       ris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery (Vancouver)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             following for their generous support of this exhibition:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Joshua Bartholomew, Leanne L’Hirondelle, Maki Mi-
is pleased to be hosting this exhibition in   Vancouver has long played an important       erally wary of those instances where an        produced in either exhibition space is           and Organ Gallery (Chongqing, China). He          yano, the BC Scene, and, as always, the Canada Council
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             for the Arts, the City of Vancouver Office of Cultural
conjunction with Gallery 101 in Ottawa as     role in nurturing a diversity of artists     artist is engaged in the process of their      not the result of co-operative collabora-        has also published visual and written work in     Affairs, the British Columbia Arts Council, the BC
part of BC Scene and gratefully acknowl-      and practices through its pioneering Art-    own instrumentalization. Increasingly at       tion. In fact, these pairings might more         Pyramid Power and Woo. Raymond studied at         Gaming Commission as well as our members, co-op
                                                                                                                                                                                           The University of British Columbia and Emily      students and volunteers.
edges the participation of Raymond Bois-      ist Run Centres. International attention     the mercy of bureaucrats and arts profes-      accurately be described as a form of criti-
                                                                                                                                                                                           Carr Institute.                                   Images courtesy of Raymond Boisjoly and Isabelle Pauwels.
joly, Karina Bergmans, Jennifer Cook,         through the past few decades has not only    sionals, the work that is generally funded,    cism. The discrepancy between each set
Steven Hubert, Roy Lu, Sara Mameni,           made artists and arts professionals else-    exhibited or collected has often already       of instructional documents and the works         Steven Hubert is a Kelowna-born Vancouver-        Artist Run Centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Established 1975
Isabelle Pauwels, Minh Nguyen, Stefan         where more aware of us, this attention       succeeded in establishing its own cultural     they have spurred is an indication of the        based artist who graduated from Emily Carr
                                                                                                                                                                                           Institute in 2007. Bearing the imprint of         Tuesday to Saturday 12 to 5pm
Thompson and Ron Tran. The work in            has also had the effect of making us more    legitimacy. The entrepreneurial model in       points of departure each artist has taken                                                          Wednesdays 1 to 7pm
                                                                                                                                                                                           previous study in English literature, his work
this show is tangentially informed by a       aware of activities in the broader world     which the artist must repeatedly produce       in making the idea align with their own          in painting, sculpture, drawing, photogra-        102-148 Alexander Street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Vancouver, B.C. V6A 1B5
history of correspondence art, which,         of contemporary art. Our geographical        works that are consistent with their artis-    artmaking process. The space between             phy, and video takes cues from poetics with       Canada
                                                                                           tic identity dominates the cultural field.     thought and materialization (or thinker                                                            (604) 681-6740
from the point of view of Vancouver also      location has often meant that arts profes-                                                                                                   a backsplash of history that is partly logical,
includes the notion of the Eternal Net-       sionals working from this city are sooner    At best, artists do their work – what they     and maker) allows each artist the room           partly mystical, and perforated by alternat-      helenpittgallery.org
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