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  • Randy Lee Cutler

    Whether through performance art, experimental video, photographs, recipes, interventions in gallery windows, or creative/critical writing, Randy Lee Cutler’s practice explores the aesthetics of appetite and embodiment. She has authored numerous essays published in C magazine, Pyramid Power, The Fillip Review, FUSE magazine, Vancouver Art & Economies, Uncanny: Experiments in Cyborg Culture, West Coast LINE, n.paradoxa, Blackflash Magazine, Canadian Art and Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art on topics as diverse as digestion, truth-telling, orientalism, feminism, photography and social change. Originally from Montreal, she lives in Vancouver where she maintains an experimental relationship with pedagogy, gardening and reading.

  • Joni Low

    Joni Low is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in exhibition catalogues and in publications such as Yishu, Ricepaper, Fillip and C Magazine. She is interested in the relationships between visual art and language, and in art that exists outside the context of conventional exhibition spaces—art that continues to de-stabilize and create new understandings of the contemporary experience.

  • Divya Mehra

    Mehra is a multimedia artist who holds an MFA from Columbia University (New York), and a BFA (Honours) from the School of Art at the University of Manitoba. Her work has been included in a number of exhibitions and screenings across North America and overseas, including the Queens Museum and Lincoln Center (NY), BRIC Contemporary (Brooklyn), PLATFORM: centre for photographic + digital arts and Plug In ICA (Winnipeg), The Images Festival and A Space (Toronto), Groupe Intervention Vidèo (Montrèal), The Beijing 798 Biennale (Beijing, China), and Gallery OED (Cochin, India). In 2012, Mehra will create new work for the exhibition, Oh Canada commissioned by MASS MoCA . This is her first solo exhibition in Vancouver.

  • Kim Nguyen

    Director/Curator of Artspeak 2011–2016.

Exhibitions

The Party is Over

DIVYA MEHRA
November 26–January 28, 2012

Divya Mehra, The Party is Over, Street View

Divya Mehra, I will split up my Father's empire (after N.W.A.),, 2011. Neon sculpture, 45 x 57 x 4 in

Divya Mehra, The Party is Over, Installation View

Divya Mehra, Here's to Us (Who wore it best?), 2011. Fake silver watch set to Pakistan Standard Time, 2.25 x 12 cm

Divya Mehra, Here's to Us (Who wore it best?), 2011. Fake gold watch set to Indian Time, 2.25 x 12 cm

Divya Mehra, For Bapu (posthumous overture), 2011. Live performance by cellist, mahogany British parlour circa 1890, speakers, dimensions variable

Divya Mehra, The Pleasure of Hating, 2011. Digital C-Print, 22.5 x 31 cm

Divya Mehra, They've burst your pretty balloon, 2011. Digital C-Print on cardstock, infinite edition, 5.5 x 5.5 cm

Divya Mehra, There's just not enough to go around, 2011. White cake with fruit, custard filling and whipped topping, mahogany British parlour table circa 1890, dimensions variable

Divya Mehra, There's just not enough to go around, 2011. White cake with fruit, custard filling and whipped topping, mahogany British parlour table circa 1890, dimensions variable

Divya Mehra, Your Turn Next (You've Got the Juice Now), 2011. Off-site aerial advertising, red nylon sailcloth, 60 x 1080 cm

Divya Mehra, Your Turn Next (You've Got the Juice Now), 2011. Off-site aerial advertising, red nylon sailcloth, 60 x 1080 cm

Divya Mehra’s practice draws from experiences of displacement, cultural conventions, and hybridization, infusing a biting wit in the execution of her projects. Connecting political and religious icons with popular hip-hop culture, Mehra examines cross-cultural appropriations and the parallels between family tension and nationalistic conflict. Her work investigates the construction and misrepresentation of cultural identity while making reference to layered divisions and the disparity and exploitation of power. Engaging with decay, excess, and failed celebration, Mehra will present an exhibition comprised of new sculptural and photographic work and a performance by a local gospel choir.

Postscript 44: Joni Low on The Party is Over (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.

  • Conversation

    DIVYA MEHRA, RANDY LEE CUTLER
    November 26, 2011

    Artspeak is pleased to present a conversation between Divya Mehra (Winnipeg) and Randy Lee Cutler (Vancouver) in conjunction with Mehra’s exhibition, The Party is Over.

Publications

  • Quit India

     

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    Title: Quit India: Divya Mehra
    Category: Catalogue
    Writers: J.J. Kegan McFadden, Kim Nguyen, Amy Fung, Natasha Bissonauth, Kendra Place
    Editors: Derek Dunlop, Jessica Antony
    Design: Lauren Wickware
    Publisher: Platform, Artspeak
    Printer: Friesens
    Year published: 2013
    Edition: 200
    Pages: 80pp
    Cover: Cloth
    Binding: Perfect Bound
    Process: Offset
    Features: Gold foil on brown cloth covers and spine
    Dimensions: 21 x 13.5 x 1 cm
    Weight: 216 g
    ISBN: 978-0-9697675-8-9
    Cost: $9

    Published in collaboration with Platform (Winnipeg), Quit, India, documents and elaborates upon Divya Mehra’s two solo exhibitions : The Party is Over, presented at Artspeak in 2011 and Turf War presented at Platform in 2010.