The Kitchen Garden at Home/Store

April 9 – May 23, 2015

Ron Tran

Ron Tran, “The Kitchen Garden at Home/Store” (installation view), 2015. Courtesy of the artist and 221A. Photo: Dennis Ha.

Ron Tran, “The Kitchen Garden at Home/Store” (installation view), 2015. Courtesy of the artist and 221A. Photo: Dennis Ha.

EVENT
May 23, 2–5pm
CASH ONLY

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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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

View of Vancouver Especially (A Vancouver Special scaled to its property value in 1973, then increased by 8 fold), Ken Lum (2015) from across Union Street.

View of Vancouver Especially (A Vancouver Special scaled to its property value in 1973, then increased by 8 fold), Ken Lum (2015) from across Union Street.

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. The scale of the artwork is determined by the $45,000 artwork production budget, comparable to the value of a Vancouver Special in the 1970s. Buying a Vancouver Special with that budget today would be tiny in size (a small relief in the front of the platform shows the actual scale), thus the artwork was multiplied eightfold. Therefore, the artwork would be most appropriately considered an ‘enlargement’ of accepted value.

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Architecture by Artists

June 6 – July 25, 2015

Hannah Heilmann, Oliver Husain, Gerard & Kelly

Still from video, Parade (2013), Oliver Husain

Still from video, Parade (2013), Oliver Husain

Architecture by Artists, an exhibition in three parts, explores 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 present consecutive projects, activating 221A as a site of public participation and interaction through performances, workshops, lectures and public presentations.

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