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  • Caroline Monnet

    Originally from Outaouais, Québec, Caroline Monnet is a filmmaker and artist whose work explores themes of history, counter-memory, and cultural and political identity. She has exhibited at festivals and galleries including the Palais de Tokyo (Paris) for Les Recontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, the Toronto International Film Festival, Urban Shaman, Winnipeg, Aesthetica, UK, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, and Plug In Institute of Contemporary Arts, Winnipeg. She currently lives in Montreal.

  • Kim Nguyen

    Director/Curator of Artspeak 2011–2016.

  • Denise Ryner

    Denise Ryner is pursuing an MA in Art History at the University of British Columbia and received a BA (Hons) in Art History from the University of Toronto. Ryner is a former registrar/archivist at Art Metropole and was a contributing editor to FUSE Magazine.

  • Devin Troy Strother

    Working in sculpture and painting, Devin Troy Strother infuses humour into investigations of race, vernacular language, and art history. He has participated in exhibitions at The Hole, New York, Torrance Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, and has presented solo exhibitions at Marlborough Gallery, New York, Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles, and Bendixen Contemporary Art, Copenhagen. Strother lives and works in New York.

  • Tania Willard

    Tania Willard, Secwepemc Nation, works within the shifting ideas of contemporary and traditional as it relates to cultural arts and production.Often working with bodies of knowledge and skills that are conceptually linked to her interest in intersections between Aboriginal and other cultures. Willard has worked as an artist in residence with gallery gachet in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side, the Banff Centre’s visual arts residency, fiction and Trading Post and was a curator in residence with grunt gallery. Collection’s of Willard’s work include the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Kamloops Art Gallery and Thompson Rivers University. Willard’s recent curatorial work includes Beat Nation: Art Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture, featuring 27 contemporary Aboriginal artists currently at Vancouver Art Gallery.

  • Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun

    Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including galleries and museums in Taiwan, United States, France, and Switzerland. Much of the content of his work is derived from contemporary Native social and political issues, using Coast Salish cosmology, Northwest Coast formal design elements and the Western landscape tradition. He received his degree from Emily Carr School of Art and Design in 1983

Exhibitions

Barn Swallows

CAROLINE MONNET, DEVIN TROY STROTHER, LAWRENCE PAUL YUXWELUPTUN
February 8–March 29, 2014

Artspeak - “Barn Swallows” - CAROLINE MONNET, DEVIN TROY STR

Artspeak - “Barn Swallows” - CAROLINE MONNET, DEVIN TROY STR

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Artspeak - “Barn Swallows” - CAROLINE MONNET, DEVIN TROY STR

Artspeak - “Barn Swallows” - CAROLINE MONNET, DEVIN TROY STR

Artspeak - “Barn Swallows” - CAROLINE MONNET, DEVIN TROY STR

Artspeak - “Barn Swallows” - CAROLINE MONNET, DEVIN TROY STR

Artspeak - “Barn Swallows” - CAROLINE MONNET, DEVIN TROY STR

Artspeak - “Barn Swallows” - CAROLINE MONNET, DEVIN TROY STR

Artspeak - “Barn Swallows” - CAROLINE MONNET, DEVIN TROY STR

Artspeak - “Barn Swallows” - CAROLINE MONNET, DEVIN TROY STR

Artspeak - “Barn Swallows” - CAROLINE MONNET, DEVIN TROY STR

Artspeak - “Barn Swallows” - CAROLINE MONNET, DEVIN TROY STR

Artspeak - “Barn Swallows” - CAROLINE MONNET, DEVIN TROY STR

Barn Swallows brings together three artists whose works combine the vocabulary of popular and traditional visual-cultures with the tropes of modernist abstraction to create unique hybrids forms. Each artist uses this strategy for a different purpose, as the basis for formalist exploration, to consider representation’s role in the political tensions of modernity, or to reflect on the power dynamics at play in the portrayal of race and gender in art history and popular culture.

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun’s recent ovoid paintings and sculptures complement his more familiar figurative tableaux of the past thirty years. While the idealized Northwest-Coast formline shapes are freed from their traditional depictive role, the titles nonetheless root these works in the artist’s broader concern with representation, the landscape and First Nations political struggles.

By contrast, Caroline Monnet’s Anomalia collage and silkscreen series approaches abstraction by splicing together found images of urban development, resource extraction and Hollywood depictions of First Nations culture, dissolving the originals into a fragmentary field of overlapping facets. These fields are, in turn, cropped into the shapes of silhouettes of animal and human figures—each image in the series offering a different view on the collision of nature and culture in recent history.

Devin Troy Strother’s high-relief assemblages and paintings centre around caricatures of black figures in sometimes gory, sexualized scenes on top of abstract backgrounds, which poke fun at the pretensions of formalism. Sardonic titles like A Black Joan Jonas in “Nigga I’m a Coyote” highlight the entangled histories of primitivism and abstraction within avant-garde art, asking, in the process, who has the right to use certain kinds of language and certain kinds of history.

Postscript 56: Denise Ryner on Barn Swallows (PDF)

Talks & Events

  • Artist file

    CORNELIA WYNGAARDEN
    April 25, 2017

    Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 7 PM
    Luxe Hall at Western Front
    303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver

    Join artist Cornelia Wyngaarden and curator Liz Park for an informal evening of conversations and bubbly to celebrate the launch of Artspeak’s latest publication Cornelia Wyngaarden: Artist File. Park will provide a brief background on the compilation of various ephemera and print materials that chart Wyngaarden’s decades long practice as a pioneering media artist. Wyngaarden will provide a slideshow of images as a backdrop to the gathering.

    Printed and bound in an edition of 300 at Benedict Press, Münsterschwarzach, Germany. Edited by Kim Nguyen and Liz Park. Photographed and scanned by Erik Hood and Kim Nguyen. Designed by Julie Peeters and Scott Ponik.

    This publication was posible through the support of The Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation.

  • On Barn Swallows

    TANIA WILLARD
    March 1, 2014

    Artist and curator Tania Willard will deliver a talk in response to Artspeak’s current exhibition Barn Swallows.