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

Feb 21, 2015 – Autumn 2016

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), 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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The Kitchen Garden at Home/Store

March 11, 2015

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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Regular Expressions

November 7, 2015 - February 6, 2016

Aleksandra Domanović, David Horvitz, Jeremy Hutchison, after Oliver Laric and the Lincoln Collection, Lindsay Lawson, Xiaoshi Vivian Vivian Qin, Solid Gold Bomb, Jesse Russell and Ronald Cohn (VDM Publishing)

Lindsay Lawson, Bunny_rbbt likes you, 2013
Digital print, 50 x 70 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Gillmeier Rech, Berlin

Lindsay Lawson, Bunny_rbbt likes you, 2013 Digital print, 50 x 70 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Gillmeier Rech, Berlin

A blinking vertical line—an empty cursor inside a search field is the elemental form of this exhibition. A “regular expression” in computer science defines a set of symbols, which describe a specific search pattern. Here, the term also captures the irony of outcomes when artists work with digital systems governed by the grammars of the searchable and the scrapeable—that is, when they select amongst the Internet’s vast pseudo-inventories that do not quite contain things, but rather their possibilities that are suspended in arrays of presets and on-demand options.

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