Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures

Saturday December 3, 2016 - Monday April 17, 2017
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM




The Vancouver Art Gallery is pleased to launch Vancouver Special, a triennial exhibition surveying contemporary art in Vancouver. Co-curated by Daina Augaitis and Jesse McKee, Ambivalent Pleasures, the first iteration within this series, assesses the arts activity and discourse in the city over the past five years. Presenting works by forty artists, the exhibition encompasses a range of approaches and reinvigorated explorations of surrealism, abstraction, atemporality and conceptual practices.

The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory is well represented in the exhibition, with works by faculty members, current students, and alumni:

Gareth James (Associate Professor)

Garry Neill Kennedy (Adjunct Professor)

Jeneen Frei Njootli (MFA candidate)

Matt Browning (current MFA student)

Raymond Boisjoly (MFA alumnus)

Ryan Peter (MFA alumnus)

Lyse Lemieux (BFA alumna)


The exhibition runs December 3, 2016, to April 17, 2017

Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby Street
Vancouver, BC


Gareth James
(Deodand No. 6/12) Monument of a Park for Apotemnophobes, For Jeff Nelson, 2016
Standard hollow core interior door, second hand Bianchi bicycle frame, Coast to Coast bicycle frame, forks, crankset, black bamboo, 6 headset ball bearings
36 x 80 x 30 inches