Three Kinds of Abstraction

Graduating exhibition by Critical and Curatorial Studies MA student April Thompson

Opening Reception
Friday July 29th
7:00 pm
Access Gallery

In 2016, we are faced with shattering processes of abstraction emergent from late capitalism. How might these further abstractions push into new modes of visuality in contemporary photographic practices? Launching a conversation between 7 Canadian artists, Vikky Alexander, Joi T. Arcand, Angela Fama, Brian Lye, James Nizam, Ed Spence, and Noah Spivak, Three Kinds of Abstraction challenges the material expectations of photography – no less the aesthetics of a West Coast Canadian photography. There is no assumed citizenship to place, but rather a sense of shared situated struggle for existence in a historically over-determined space. The exhibition explores three kinds of abstraction; images abstracted from another image, abstraction as a social process of deterritorialization and abstraction of an abstraction.

In Conversation: Ed Spence with Helga Pakasaar and Ian Wallace
Thursday, August 4th
7:00 pm
Access Gallery

Featuring exhibiting artist Ed Spence in conversation with renowned artist Ian Wallace and Presentation House Gallery curator Helga Pakasaar, this event considers the ways in which the photo-conceptual avant garde photographers emerging in Vancouver from the late 1960s have become subject to the creative branding, artistic expectations and historical narrative of the city.

Image: Ed Spence, Infinite Updates, Unlimited Artefacts, 2012. cut-and-paste digital printed on archival paper

This exhibition is possible through support from the Killy Foundation and the Audain Endowment for Curatorial Studies through the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory in collaboration with the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at The University of British Columbia.

Access Gallery
Tues-Sat
12:00-5:00 pm