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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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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