• Susan Edelstein

    Director/Curator of Artspeak

  • Hadley + Maxwell

    Hadley+Maxwell have been working together since 1997. Recent presentations of their work include the solo exhibitions Improperties, Smart Project Space, Amsterdam, and who can resist a Human? who doesn’t finger lies?, YYZ, Toronto, and the group exhibitions It’s the End of the World as We Know It, La Kunsthalle Mulhouse and The End of Money, Witte de With, Rotterdam.

  • Hadley Howes

  • Stephen Maxwell

  • Kathleen Ritter

    Kathleen Ritter (b. 1974) is an artist and a writer based in Vancouver. Her research and practice investigate institutional structures that surround and mediate the reception of art. Her work has been exhibited at Modern Fuel, Kingston ON (2008); the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa ON (2008); Western Front, Vancouver (2004); Skol, Montreal (2000); and Access, Vancouver (2000). Her writing has been published in the anthology Places and Non-Places of Contemporary Art (2005) and the journals Prefix Photo, ESSE, Open Letter, and Fillip Magazine. She curated Expect Delays (2003) at Artspeak, a series of artist’s interventions that took place throughout Vancouver. She is currently Assistant Curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

  • Sarah Wakefield


  • Negotiating Desire

    February 6–March 20, 1999

    A collaboration is an effective space to explore the movement of desire. We are searching for an understanding of the flow, the stoppage and slippage of desire in an autopoetic system. This searching becomes our process and the work itself, a serious play of possibilities.

    We are exploring the boundaries of the contract between lovers (and between strangers) which designates the limitations of penetration and acceptance.

    “Now we turn on the lights, and lean over to see the work born. Then, surprise before what, passing through us, was drawn; and if it is I who drew this unknown child then who are I?” (Helene Cixous, “Without End”)

    —Hadley Howes and Maxwell Stephens, 1998

    Organs say touch me

    I will touch you

    rubber says fondle

    says skin

    layers those layers of every memory

    of fetish

    that play

    that I will do

    so you can be.

    —Sarah Wakefield, 1998

Talks & Events

Catalogue Launch/Poetry Reading

March 18, 1999

Artspeak Gallery will be hosting a catalogue launch for the exhibition Negotiating Desire with artists Hadley Howes and Stephen Maxwell, and poetry reading by Sarah Wakefield. This exhibition runs until March 20, 1999.


  • Negotiating Desire

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    Title: Negotiating Desire
    Category: Exhibition Catalogue
    Artist: Hadley Howes, Stephen Maxwell
    Writers: Susan Edelstein, Kathleen Ritter, Sarah Wakefield
    Design: Roberta Batchelor, R-house
    Publisher: Artspeak
    Printer: A. J. Graphics Ltd.
    Year published: 1999
    Pages: 16pp
    Cover: Paper
    Binding: Staple Bound
    Process: Offset
    Features: 7 duotone images
    Dimensions: 19.5 x 14 x 0.3 cm
    Weight: 57 g
    ISBN: 0-921394-32-2
    Price: $4 CDN

    Negotiating Desire combines the intimate collaborative work of emerging artists Hadley Howes and Stephen Maxwell with the poetry of Sarah Wakefield. All three practitioners have used the imagery of rubber, wood and fetish objects as a departure point to investigate the nature of desire. Foreword by Susan Edelstein, essay by Kathleen Ritter.

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