The Ballad

April 4 – June 3, 2017

Caroline Mesquita, Martha Kirszenbaum

Excerpt from Caroline Mesquita’s The Ballad, 2017, digital video, 29 min. Courtesy the Artist, carlier | gebauer, Berlin and Union Pacific, London. Produced by Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris and 221A, Vancouver.

221A is pleased to present The Ballad, a solo exhibition of new work by Caroline Mesquita, curated by Martha Kirszenbaum and created during a residency in Vancouver this winter in partnership between 221A and Griffin Art Projects.

Caroline Mesquita’s sculptural practice intertwines the materiality of her altered, oxidized, and painted copper and brass sheets with theatrical playfulness. Her metallurgic experiments result in life-size figures, interacting with each other in a mise-en-scène crafted from sculpted sheet metal and an environment of coated steel. For the exhibition The Ballad, Mesquita produced a series of four sculpted characters interacting and facing each other or the viewer, as their presence blurs the line between fiction and reality, humans and mannequins. It is a procession, a form of public celebration, a moment of communion.

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221A @ Things that can happen – Screening – Governing the Effects of Retrograde

April 19, 7:30 pm

Rosa Aiello, Evgeny Granilshchikov, Patrick Goddard, Felix Kalmenson, Yuri Pattison, Julia Feyrer, Tamara Henderson, Laure Prouvost, Things that can happen

Still from Laure Prouvost’s Lick in the Past, 2016. Courtesy the Artist and Lux, London.

A film program at Things that can happen, 98 Apliu Street, Hong Kong

This film program takes place in a month when four planets have entered retrograde; Saturn, Mercury, Pluto and Venus. It’s also taking place during a moment when we all feel like history is with us again, moving rather quickly and obtusely backwards at the same time. A series of short films by artists consider personal narratives of collapse, recovery and memory which are tied to architecture and the built environment. Set within a foggy momentum of politics, finance and ongoing transitions to digital lifestyles, these films provide wandering points of view and collage. Delivering narrative structures, dream states, ambivalent pleasures and manifestos about the liquid modernity we experience.

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Vancouver Especially (A Vancouver Special scaled to its property value in 1973, then increased by 8 fold)

Winter 2015 – Spring 2017

Ken Lum

Vancouver Especially (A Vancouver Special scaled to its property value in 1973, then increased by 8 fold), Ken Lum (2015). Photo: Dennis Ha

Vancouver Especially (A Vancouver Special scaled to its property value in 1973, then increased by 8 fold) by Canadian artist Ken Lum is the first commissioned work presented at 221A’s new outdoor site as part of the Semi-Public program at 271 Union Street. The installation is a 1:3 scale replica of a mass-produced, Vancouver architectural style of homes known as the “Vancouver Special”, popularized from 1965 to 1985 with an estimated 10,000 homes built.

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