The Kitchen Garden at Home/Store

April 9 – May 23, 2015

Ron Tran

Found digital images, 11" x 8", Ron Tran (2015). Courtesy of the artist.

Found digital images, 11" x 8", Ron Tran (2015). Courtesy of the artist.

Reception: April 23, 7pm

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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Announcement of the 2015-16 Curatorial Residents

It Takes Two (2015), video, Dustin Brons. From the group exhibition No Monologue, curated by 2014-15 curatorial resident Steffanie Ling.

It Takes Two (2015), video, Dustin Brons. From the group exhibition No Monologue, curated by 2014-15 curatorial resident Steffanie Ling.

221A is pleased to announce the selection of Tarin Hughes (Saskatoon), Robin Lynch (NYC) and three-person collective Andrew Berardini (LA), Martha Kirszenbaum (LA/Paris) and Jesse McKee (Vancouver) as the 2015-16 Curatorial Residents. This years residents will work collectively with Brian McBay, Director of 221A to advance the organization’s mandate to explore the role of design in the shaping of contemporary society.

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