The Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures includes work by forty visual artists, as a survey of the contemporary art activity in the city over the past five years. The featured works of art do not adhere to a singular subject or style but instead point to overlapping and ongoing conversations about abstraction, Surrealism and conceptual practice. In this afternoon of talks, artists and writers offer perspectives on these aspects of the exhibition and highlight the nuanced and stimulating spaces in-between definitions.
SPECIAL FORUM (featuring AHVA faculty member Gareth James, alumni Raymond Boisjoly, and current MFA student Matt Browning)
Saturday, February 25
UBC Robson Square, Theatre C300
Free to attend. Seating is first come, first seated for an audience of 170.
1:00 PM Perspectives on Surrealism presented by catalogue contributor Steffanie Ling with further reflections by artists Julia Feyrer & Rebecca Brewer
2:20 PM Two perspectives on Abstraction presented by artists Mina Totino & Eli Bornowsky with further reflections by artists Colleen Heslin & Sylvain Sailly
3:45 PM Two perspectives on Conceptual Practice presented by Raymond Boisjoly & Gareth James with further reflections by artists Matt Browning & Krista Belle Stewart