Contemporary BC Artists. Through to May 3, 2009. With ahva MFA graduates Abbas Akhavan, Raymond Boisjoly, Kyla Mallett, Luanne Martineau, Marina Roy, Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky.
Opening, February 6th, 7-10pm
How Soon Is Now is a selection of recent art from the province of British Columbia. Drawing on diverse formal, material and conceptual approaches, the exhibition brings together a dynamic group of artists who work in a range of media, with a mix of sculpture, painting, video, audio works, architectural interventions, site-specific projects and events. The title, taken from a song by The Smiths, evokes one characteristic of the work in the exhibition: a sense of immediacy that speaks to the present moment.
A number of recurring metaphors and motifs run throughout the exhibition: the recording studio, the rehearsal space, the devalued object, the space of social interaction, architecture, the unconscious, literature and narrative, and a sense of experimentation and risk. Artworks are situated inside and outside of the gallery space proper; on the grounds, at the entrance, in the windows, in the lobby and behind the gallery’s walls, inviting viewers to look awry and question the conventions of spectatorship.
How Soon Is Now is organized according to shared connections between works rather than a single theme. Bringing together divergent forms of art, the exhibition recognizes some of the important shifts in contemporary art that privilege event over object, process over product, interaction over contemplation. Gallery spaces become a venue for a range of experiences, be they transformative, social, sensory, introspective or political.
How Soon Is Now is organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Kathleen Ritter, Assistant Curator. This exhibition is presented with Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad. Supported by the British Columbia Arts Council and the Province of British Columbia.
Cedric, Nathan and Jim Bomford
The Music Appreciation Society
Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky