Architecture by Artists

June 6 – July 25, 2015

Hannah Heilmann, Oliver Husain, Gerard & Kelly

"Mondo Pale Grey", (2015), Oliver Husain.

"Mondo Pale Grey", (2015), Oliver Husain.

Thursday, June 25th, 7pm 
Reception for Oliver Husain with performance at 8pm

Architecture by Artists is an accumulative exhibition in three parts exploring the points of contact and confluences between people, objects and the spaces they occupy. As a composition of three process-oriented exhibition-residencies, interdisciplinary artist Hannah Heilmann (Denmark), filmmaker and installation artist Oliver Husain (Germany/Canada), and performance and dance duo Gerard & Kelly (USA) will create propositions which, through their intricate and diverse points of interaction, hypothesize a hybrid architecture representing the social and structural fabric of the urban environment in some of its pluralities.

The artists will work together to build a broad and ephemeral definition of Architecture. The exhibition will encompass architectures composed by the organization of people in space; architectures that co-compose with imperceptible territories; and architectures which are expressed through process and senses, such as smell, ephemera and movement. The word ‘Architecture’ becomes a prompt, an organizational principle, a system, or point of departure.

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

Feb 21, 2015 – Feb 20, 2016

Ken Lum

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

Installation view of Vancouver Especially (A Vancouver Special scaled to its property value in 1973, then increased by 8 fold), Ken Lum (2015). Photo by 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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The Kitchen Garden at Home/Store

April 9 – May 23, 2015

Ron Tran

Ron Tran, “The Kitchen Garden at Home/Store” (installation view), 2015. Photo: Dennis Ha.

Ron Tran, “The Kitchen Garden at Home/Store” (installation view), 2015. Photo: Dennis Ha.

Taking place in our exhibition room at 221 E Georgia Street, The Kitchen Garden at Home/Store centres on the purchasing, modification and commensurate re-sale of products sourced exclusively from businesses within Vancouver’s Chinatown. Developed in the weeks leading up to the opening as well as throughout the project, Vancouver-based artist Ron Tran will use the exhibition as a vehicle for financial and social exchange, exploring the shifting consumer culture in the neighbourhood, not as a declaration of cultural obsolescence but by participating in the vitality of an existing community.

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