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Cate Rimmer

Cate Rimmer, 1961, is a curator from Calgary, Alberta currently working at the Charles H. Scott Gallery where she has curated numerous group and solo exhibitions. She was the founding Director/Curator of Artspeak Gallery, Director of Truck Gallery and was a Curator in Residence at the Saidye Bronfman Centre in Montreal. Rimmer has published reviews, articles and catalogue texts. She received a diploma in Curatorial Studies from Emily Carr and graduated with a MLitt (with distinction) in Museum and Gallery Studies from the University of St Andrews, Scotland.

Exhibitions

  • rapture : rupture

    LAIWAN, SAM SHEM
    December 11–January 29, 2000

    This exhibition is a culmination of a collaborative process between Laiwan, an established interdisciplinary artist and writer, and Sam Shem, an emerging artist working in installation. Taking the form of on-going discussions and shared readings over the past year this collaboration has informed their respective new works.

    Sam Shem’s work will be installed in the gallery space. This new installation work uses small circular mirrors, painted walls, lighting and bubbles produced by a bubble machine: ephemeral materials that are contingent upon the bodies of viewers to craft the experience and atmosphere of the work as they move through it, while reflections appear and disappear, bubbles fall and break. The work draws attention to its own impermanence and the transitory nature of experience through the immediacy and indeterminate approach to materials and space.

    Laiwan’s new text work will be presented in the publication centre and will take two forms: an ‘installed’ poetic text will be present when the exhibition opens and a theoretical text which will be added for the final half of the exhibition period.

  • Interface

    VERA GARTLEY
    September 9–October 8, 1994

  • Mohawks in Beehives and Other Works

    SHELLEY NIRO
    November 19–December 18, 1993

  • AKWABA

    MAUD SULTER
    September 10–October 9, 1993

    AKWABA is a meditation on the african cultural artefact in relation to the Self for the diasporan African and the functioning of the Black object in the Western museum. In Proverbs for Adwoa the artist uses the akua ma doll as self portrait. In Fetish #1-3 the mask used in the female clitoridectomy rites is paired with texts etched into copper plaques inscribed with the words Flesh, Blunt and Glass suggesting invasion of the body and incision to the psyche.

  • Working Documents

    Working Documents Exhibition
    January 16–February 6, 1993

    An ARTISTS’ DAY Event with drawings by 50 Vancouver Artists.

  • 3 Works

    TERENCE GOWER
    April 4–May 2, 1992

  • Subdivisions

    STEPHEN WADDELL
    February 22–March 21, 1992

  • Working Documents: Drawings by 50 Vancouver Artists

    Cate Rimmer
    January 16–February 6, 1992

  • Hard Weed

    HACHIVI EDGAR HEAP OF BIRDS
    November 2–November 30, 1991

    Hachivi Edgar Heap of Birds’ works of art are created from concepts and images that present a pulse of forms in action, reflecting the constructive and destructive politics of daily life. The works are based in a broad range of media, namely, drawings, prints, non-objective paintings and textual messages deployed through posters, billboards and digital signs.

  • Double Bind

    MICHELLE NORMOYLE
    September 28–October 26, 1991

  • Greek Sculpture Fragments

    AARON VAN DYKE
    August 24–September 21, 1991

  • Queer Landscape

    KEVIN MADILL
    March 28–April 26, 1991

  • Lani Maestro

    LANI MAESTRO
    January 18–February 16, 1991

  • Research and Discovery

    PANYA CLARK
    January 18–February 16, 1991

  • No Memories In Heaven

    FRANK GAUDET
    November 24–December 22, 1990

  • S.I.N.

    MINA TOTINO
    November 24–December 22, 1990

  • Island

    MARTHA TOWNSEND
    October 20–November 17, 1990

  • Conviction

    SARA LEYDON
    September 14–October 13, 1990

  • Magasin/Magazine

    ELLEN RAMSEY
    August 31–September 22, 1990

  • Excerpts from Jack London’s Martin Eden

    KEITH HIGGINS
    June 1–June 30, 1990

  • Roy Kiyooka

    ROY KIYOOKA
    May 8–May 26, 1990

  • Reading

    LORNA BROWN
    March 24–April 21, 1990

  • Drawings, Editions, Prototypes

    KEN LUM
    February 17–March 17, 1990

  • Picture Window

    NANCY SHAW
    January 13–February 10, 1990

  • New Work

    KELLY WOOD
    November 18–December 16, 1989

  • Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality

    WILL GORLITZ
    October 14–November 11, 1989

  • Et in America ego

    EDWARD POITRAS
    September 9–September 30, 1989

  • Cruck

    PHILLIP McCRUM
    May 12–June 10, 1989

  • Deliberate Transgressions

    KATHY SLADE
    March 31–April 29, 1989

  • Pastoral

    ARNI HARALDSSON
    February 11–March 4, 1989

  • Dictionary Series

    LAUREL WOODCOCK
    January 14–February 4, 1989

  • Passion

    CHRISTINE DAVIS
    December 3–December 24, 1988

  • Paintings

    CORINNE CARLSON
    November 4–November 26, 1988

  • Relations

    ANNE RAMSDEN
    October 8–October 29, 1988

    Anne Ramsden continues her ongoing exploration into dominant systems of knowledge and structures of power in Western culture and society. Her exploration has been articulated in works that incorporate different mediums and a shifting emphasis while continuing to critique colonialism, the construction of systems of thought, nature, culture, discourses of power and the experience of otherness.

    Ramsden uses the museum as a text with its own system of meaning and enforcement of meaning. Through the choice of objects and their positioning, museums construct a version of history that is accepted as authoritative ands unassailable. The notions of ‘objectivity’ and ‘preciousness’ often associated with the presentation of museum exhibits is broken through Ramsden’s use of a shifting photographic approach or style. In her words: “The images draw on diverse photographic genres in a mostly formal sense: self-portrait shadow, beastial diorama, Romantic landscape, documentary”. The museum does not acknowledge its own subjectivity, however, Ramsden includes in her works evidence of the artist’s activity and tends to more frankly acknowledge them as products of a point of view rather than autonomous objects which present themselves as unassailable fact.

  • Behind the Sign

    ROY ARDEN, PETER CULLEY, JEFF DERKSEN, STAN DOUGLAS, DEANNA FERGUSON, SARA LEYDON, DONNA LEISEN, KATHRYN MACLEOD, DOUG MUNDAY, CATE RIMMER, CALVIN WHARTON
    September 10–October 1, 1988

    “Behind the Sign” an exhibition of collaborations between writers and visual artists, will be shown at Artspeak Gallery from September 10 to October 1, 1988. Over the past eight months, five visual artists and five writers have collaborated in pairs to develop works for this exhibition. The list of participants reveals an impressive array of talent from Vancouver’s visual art and writing communities: Stan Douglas and Deanna Ferguson; Roy Arden and Jeff Derksen; Donna Leisen and Calvin Wharton; Doug Munday and Kathryn MacLeod; Sarah Leydon and Peter Culley.

    The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue with texts by Scott Watson, Cate Rimmer, and Miriam Nichols.

  • Stirring the Oatmeal

    KATHERINE KORTIKOW
    July 2–July 23, 1988

  • Lure

    ALLYSON CLAY
    June 4–June 25, 1988

  • West

    ROY ARDEN
    May 7–May 28, 1988

  • Chinese Pictures

    HENRY TSANG
    April 9–April 30, 1988

  • Burning

    MARK LEWIS
    March 12–April 2, 1988

    The exhibition Burning by Mark Lewis consists of a series of eight colour composite images, each image accompanied by separately framed, colour-coded text. The images are composed of fragments of illustrations from glossy magazines. In Lewis’ words, “The work uses common popular photographic imagery, placing it in narrative configurations in order to suggest and construct certain amorous possibilities. The series attempts to trace and complicate the relationship between images, fantasy and masculine desire, and does so by making critical discourses dirty.”

  • Queen of Puddings

    BRENNA GEORGE
    February 13–March 5, 1988

  • TV Spots

    STAN DOUGLAS
    January 16–February 6, 1988

  • The Patrons

    The Patrons
    June 5–June 29, 1987

  • Grunt Or Artspeak

    LORNA BROWN, LAURA LAMB, DOUG MUNDAY, REID SHIER, NANCY SHAW, DEANNA FERGUSON, KATHRYN MACLEOD
    June 5–June 29, 1987

    Curated by Glenn Alteen, Ellen Ramsey and Cate Rimmer

    3 Gallery show curated by respective curators and presented at Charles H. Scott Gallery
    Review: Vanguard Sept/Oct ’87, by Colleen Fee

    Grunt Or Artspeak, an exhibition featuring a selection of work representing three local alternative galleries, Grunt, Or and Artspeak, will be at the Charles H. Scott Gallery from June 5 through 28, 1987. The opening reception will be from 8-10p, Friday evening, June 5, and a reading by members of Artspak/Kootenay School of Writing (K.S.W.) will take place in the Scott Gallery at 3pm Saturday, June 13.

    The guest curators, Glenn Alteen, Ellen Ramsey and Cate Rimmer have included works by sixteen ‘young’ artists. Representing the Grunt will be: Dav MacNab, Gary Ouimet, Bill Rennie, Garry Ross and Hillary Wood; the Or: Daniel Congdon, Sheila Hall, Catherine Jones and Warren Murfitt; and Artspeak: Lorna Brown, Laura Lamb, Doug Munday, Reid Shier, and Nancy Shaw, Deanna Ferguson and Kathryn MacLeod.

    The exhibition will transfert the ‘character’ of these alternative galleries, stiguating them in a more central locations with a much broader audience than they normally reach.

    For the large part, the Artists in Grunt Or Artspeak share a similar academic background having received training from either an art college or university, Their work however, varies greatly in both subject matter and presentation ranging from video and photo-textual work to assemblage and painting.

  • She who had scanned the flower of the world

    LAIWAN
    May 2–May 22, 1987

  • Vers Us

    BOB SHERRIN
    April 4–April 24, 1987

  • Recent Works

    ROBERT LINSLEY
    February 14–March 6, 1987

  • Facsimiles

    REID SHIER
    January 17–February 6, 1987

    Fascimiles, a series of five ‘portraits’ by Reid Shier, will be on exhibition at Artspeak Gallery from January 17 to February 6, 1987. In this series, Shier combines enlarged ‘found’ photographs of people before and after plastic surgery with his own drawn facsimiles. In doing so, Shier raises questions about forms of representation, and our subjective perceptions of art and its function.

  • One Gold Piece

    MARK GRADY
    November 15–December 5, 1986

  • Vancouver Artists’ Bookworks Exhibition

    MARIAN PENNER BANCROFT, NANCY FROHLICK, ROBERT GORE, ARNI HARALDSSON, LAIWAN, DONNA LEISEN, ALEXIS MACDONALD, DOUG MUNDAY, KAREN STANLEY, FANNA YEE
    October 18–November 7, 1986

    From October 18 to November 7 1986, Artspeak Gallery will present the Vancouver Artists’ Bookworks Exhibition. Ten artists will be featured in the exhibition: Marian Penner Bancroft, Nancy Frohlick, Robert Gore, Arni Runar Haraldsson, Laiwan, Donna Leisen, Alexis MacDonald, Doug Munday, Karen Stanley and Fanna Yee.

    An artists’ bookwork can be anything that is in the form of, or takes its form from a book. The diversity of artistic approaches and content matter in contemporary bookworks are clearly in evidence in the Artspeak exhibition. The works range from Doug Munday’s sculpturally altered “found” book to Fanna Yee’s delicate, handmade book of “painterly” photographs.

    The Vancouver Artists’ Bookworks Exhibition is intended to be the first of an annual artists’ bookworks show at Artspeak Gallery. In conjunction with the exhibition, ARTSPEAK and the Kootenay School of Writing are offering three courses that pertain to the creation of unique bookworks: an artists’ bookworks workshop, a class in papermaking by hand, and one in hand bookbinding.

  • The World in Wax

    LAURA LAMB
    September 20–October 10, 1986

  • Work Related

    LORNA BROWN, MARGOT LEIGH BUTLER, CAROL WILLIAMS
    August 16–September 5, 1986

    Exhibition by WORKSITE artists.

  • Pictures

    DOUG MUNDAY
    July 19–August 8, 1986

    Pictures, an exhibition of paintings and collages by Doug Munday, will be at Artspeak Gallery, Kootenay School of Writing, from July 19 to August 8, 1986.

    In his collages and large-scale paintings, Munday juxtaposes images from varying sources (the media, book text, personal photographs) in such a way that new symbolic relationships are created within the works. Munday is a recent graduate of Emily Carr College of Art and Design.

  • David Steele

    DAVID STEELE
    June 21–July 11, 1986

    An exhibition of screen prints and etchings by local artist, David Steele, will be at the ARTSPEAK gallery, Kootenay School of Writing, from June 21 to July 11, 1986.

    The prints included in the exhibition are examples of Steele’s ability to unite the formal concerns of printmaking with challenging and paradoxical content. Influenced by Absurdist literature and theatre, and by films such as Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange, Steele creates double-edged images that are both frightening and humorous.

    While subject matter is important to Steele, the possibilites of experimentation within the printmaking mediums, and the formal concerns such as space, texture and colour, play a significant role in his work.

  • Invisible Cities

    DONNA LEISEN
    May 23–June 13, 1986

Talks & Events

  • Speakeasy: Salon

    CATE RIMMER, JEN WEIH
    March 23, 2013

    Speakeasy: Salon is a series of talks and presentations that interrogates Artspeak’s mandate to encourage a dialogue between visual art and writing. In this incarnation, speakers will present within the conversational salon format on wide-ranging subjects including art, music, literature, politics, popular culture, and science. Speakers select their own topics for discussion and are not expected to be experts in the subjects they present. Each session ends with a conversation between participants and speakers, creating an opportunity for the exchange of ideas and critical discourse, and a mutual scholarship of the topics explored. Speakeasy: Salon references both the demand for interdisciplinary learning in contemporary art and writing practices and an interest in the informal academic institution.

    JEN WEIH: YOU TELL THE OCEAN IT DOESN’T KNOW

    “I am going to talk about the sprawling set of interests I have related to the fact that the sun is moving really really really fast. It has its own orbit of the galaxy. The image of the sun floating quietly in space with the planets moving around it in circles was true for a time, but is now a fiction of convenience. Likely topics include- the Copernican revolution, the ego, the site of art, Agniezka Kurant, maybe Stephen Kaltenbach, the infinite, probably Borges on Xeno, and hopefully dancing.”

    CATE RIMMER: A SAILOR’S PORNOGRAPHIC KEEPSAKE

    A consideration of a historical “marital aid” and related maritime erotica.

  • Summer Reading

    ELI BORNOWSKY, JEFF DERKSEN, MARIA FUSCO, KEN LUM, SVEN LUTTICKEN, JON PYLYPCHUK, CATE RIMMER, MARINA ROY
    August 1–August 31, 2011

    Please enjoy these summer reading “picks” from a selection of local and international artists and writers, including Eli Bornowsky, Jeff Derksen, Maria Fusco, Ken Lum, Sven Lutticken, Jon Pylypchuk, Cate Rimmer, and Marina Roy.

    The PDF is available here.

  • Catalogue Launch

    Roy Arden, Peter Culley, Jeff Derksen, Stan Douglas, Deanna Ferguson, Donna Leisen, Sara Leydon, Kathryn Macleod, Doug Munday, Cate Rimmer, Calvin Wharton, Behind the Sign
    September 10, 1988

Publications

  • Behind the Sign

    Behind front
    Behind spine
    Behind back

    Title: Behind The Sign
    Category: Exhibition Catalogue
    Artist: Roy Arden, Jeff Derksen, Donna Leisen, Calvin Wharton, Stan Douglas, Deanna Ferguson, Peter Culley, Sara Leydon, Kathryn MacLeod, Doug Munday
    Writers: Cate Rimmer, Scott Watson, Miriam Nichols
    Editor: Monika Gagnon, Cate Rimmer
    Design: Doug Munday
    Publisher: Artspeak
    Printer: Benwell-Atkins Ltd.
    Year published: 1993
    Pages: 48pp
    Cover: Paper
    Binding: Perfect Bound
    Process: Offset
    Features: 11 b&w images, 1 colour image
    Dimensions: 25.5 x 20.5 x 0.5 cm
    Weight: 216 g
    ISBN: 0-921394-02-0
    Price: $7 CDN

    Collaborative works by visual artists and writers investigating the production of meaning within a variety of systems.

  • Burning

    Burning front
    Burning back

    Title: Burning
    Category: Exhibition Catalogue
    Artist: Mark Lewis
    Writers: William Wood, Mark Lewis
    Design: David Clausen
    Publisher: Artspeak
    Printer: Hemlock Printers
    Year published: 1988
    Pages: 22pp
    Cover: Paper
    Binding: Staple Bound
    Process: Offset
    Features: 2 b&w, 8 colour images
    Dimensions: 23 x 30 x 0.3 cm
    Weight: 164 g
    ISBN: 0-921394-00-4
    Price: $5 CDN

    Features texts by both Mark Lewis and William Wood. Lewis creates a fiction, developing some of the concerns in his visual work, while Wood provides a critical context for Lewis’ work in his essay.

  • Relations

    Relations front
    Relations back

    Title: Relations
    Category: Exhibition Catalogue
    Artist: Anne Ramsden
    Writers: Reesa Greenberg
    Design: David Clausen
    Publisher: Artspeak
    Printer: Hemlock Printers
    Year published: 1988
    Pages: 24pp
    Cover: Paper
    Binding: Staple Bound
    Process: Offset
    Features: 16 b&w images, bilingual edition in English and French
    Dimensions: 25 x 33 x 0.2 cm
    Weight: 174 g
    ISBN: 0-921394-05-5
    Price: $2 CDN

    Bilingual catalogue of Ramsden’s work which conflates the museological and the photographic methods of ordering. Various sites in Europe and North America are included. Greenberg produces a parallel piece of writing, speculating on the relationship between the museum and photography identified in Ramsden’s work.