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Exhibitions

  • Laura

    ERIC METCALFE
    April 24–May 29, 2004

    Metcalfe’s long-standing practice in performance, video, installation, ceramics, and sculpture, has consistently drawn from popular culture, including film and television, jazz improvisation, and the graphic novel. In Laura, Metcalfe looks in detail at film noir, a genre of great importance to film and cultural theorists over the past three decades.

    Centred around a ‘missing woman’, the Vera Casprey novel Laura of 1942 and the 1944 Otto Preminger film adaptation exemplify the classic motifs of crime fiction and film noir. In this new installation, Metcalfe takes on the role of ‘auteur’, a continuation of his ‘oeuvre’ that includes the 1980 video Steel and Flesh. He collaborates with writer Nancy Shaw, and editor Michael Turner in the voice-over script for the sound track, in which Shaw performs; renowned jazz pianist Paul Plimley and sound artist Peter Courtemanche collaborate on the score. Ceramicist Gillian McMillan and sculptor Rick Ross work with Metcalfe in the design of the set pieces for a remarkable new installation that transforms the gallery space into a sound stage that the viewer can enter. Paring down to a few significant elements the lush opulence of the film noir set, and including vintage lighting, draperies and ‘painting’, Metcalfe investigates the strong influence of this popular genre on both contemporary art practice and his own artistic development. Placed in relation to the on-going film location work in our neighbourhood, the dramatically lit storefront space will reflect back to the street one chapter of the history of Hollywood.

    Postscript 15: Mark Harris on Laura (PDF)

  • Let’s Play Doctor

    KIM DERKO, SUSAN KEALEY, JANINE MARCHESSAULT
    April 24–May 22, 1993

  • Artspeak: 5th Anniversary, Exhibition and Sale

    DONNA LEISEN, DAVID STEELE, DOUG MUNDAY, WORKSITE, LAURA LAMB, ARTISTS'S BOOKWORKS, MARK GRADY, REID SHIER, ROB LINSLEY, LAIWAN, ROBERT SHERIN, SFU STUDENT WORK, PATRONS, STAN DOUGLAS, BRENNA GEORGE, MARK LEWIS, HENRY TSANG, ROY ARDEN, ALLYSON CLAY, KATHERINE KORTIKOW, BEHIND THE SIGN, ANNE RAMSDEN, CORINNE CARLSON, CHRISTINE DAVIS, LAUREL WOODCOCK, AMI RUNAR HARALDSSON, KATHY SLADE, PHILLIP MCCRUM, EDWARD POITRAS, WILL GORLITZ, KELLY WOOD, NANCY SHAW, KEN LUM, LORNA BROWN, ROY KIYOOKA, KEITH HIGGINS, ELLEN RAMSEY, SARA LEYDON, MARTHA TOWNSEND, MINA TOTINO, FRANK GAUDET, LANI MAESTRO, PANYA CLARK
    February 22–March 23, 1991

  • Picture Window

    NANCY SHAW
    January 13–February 10, 1990

  • 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.

Talks & Events

  • Book Launch

    ERIC METCALFE, NANCY SHAW, PAUL PLIMLEY, PETER COURTEMANCHE
    May 29, 2004

    Artspeak is pleased to host the book launch event for Laura, a parallel publication to Eric Metcalfe’s current exhibition of the same name. The book brings together material from the exhibition in the form of a production archive.

  • Talk

    NANCY SHAW
    April 11, 1991

    Writers/Artists/Talks, a joint project of the Kootenay School of Writing and Artspeak Gallery, consists of a series of public talks and exhibitions by writers and artists with the intention to articulate a common theoretical and practical ground for the two disciplines.

  • Artspeak: 5th Anniversary, Exhibition and Sale

    DONNA LEISEN, DAVID STEELE, DOUG MUNDAY, WORKSITE, LAURA LAMB, ARTISTS'S BOOKWORKS, MARK GRADY, REID SHIER, ROB LINSLEY, LAIWAN, ROBERT SHERIN, SFU STUDENT WORK, PATRONS, STAN DOUGLAS, BRENNA GEORGE, MARK LEWIS, HENRY TSANG, ROY ARDEN, ALLYSON CLAY, KATHERINE KORTIKOW, BEHIND THE SIGN, ANNE RAMSDEN, CORINNE CARLSON, CHRISTINE DAVIS, LAUREL WOODCOCK, AMI RUNAR HARALDSSON, KATHY SLADE, PHILLIP MCCRUM, EDWARD POITRAS, WILL GORLITZ, KELLY WOOD, NANCY SHAW, KEN LUM, LORNA BROWN, ROY KIYOOKA, KEITH HIGGINS, ELLEN RAMSEY, SARA LEYDON, MARTHA TOWNSEND, MINA TOTINO, FRANK GAUDET, LANI MAESTRO, PANYA CLARK
    February 22–March 23, 1991

Publications

  • Laura

    Laura front
    Laura spine
    Laura back

    Title: Laura
    Category: Exhibition Catalogue
    Artist: Eric Metcalfe
    Writers: Eric Metcalfe, Nancy Shaw, Paul Plimley, Peter Courtemanche
    Editor: Artspeak
    Publisher: Artspeak
    Year published: 2004
    Pages: 128pp
    Cover: Paperback
    Binding: Perfect Bound
    Process: Offset
    Features: 96 b&w images, Audio CD
    Dimensions: 22 x 17 x 1.2 cm
    Weight: 298 g
    ISBN: 0-921394-48-0
    Price: $6 CDN

    Laura, a parallel publication to Eric Metcalfe’s exhibition of the same name, brings together material from the exhibition in the form of a production archive. Nancy Shaw, a writer with interests in architecture, film and literature, contributed a series of fictional letters from the missing Laura. Metcalfe and Rick Ross contributed drawings and plans for set pieces, while Jim Breukelman’s photographs of the installation reveal the realized project. Inspired by the radio plays of the 1940s, a CD is also included in the publication on which Shaw’s letters are integrated into an improvisational score by Paul Plimley with sound design by Peter Courtemanche. Designed by Judith Steedman, Laura communicates the concept and process of the exhibition using the conventions of the film script and storyboard.

  • RX: Let’s Play Doctor

    LPD front
    LPD spine
    LPD back

    Title: RX: Let’s Play Doctor
    Category: Exhibition Catalogue
    Artists: Kim Derko, Susan Kealey, Janine Marchessault
    Writers: Jody Berland, Nancy Shaw
    Editor: Monika Kin Gagnon
    Design: Stan Douglas
    Publisher: Artspeak
    Printer: Benwell Atkins
    Year published: 1993
    Pages: 48pp
    Cover: Paper
    Binding: Perfect Bound
    Process: Offset
    Features: 19 b&w images, 13 colour images
    Dimensions: 22.5 x 15.5 x 0.5 cm
    Weight: 117 g
    ISBN: 0-921394-16-0
    Price: $4 CDN

    Derko, Kealy, and Marchessault address the physical consequences of the medicalization of women’s bodies under patriarchy and pharmaceutical capitalism, as well as its pathological placement of the feminine.