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THIS IS GREAT MATERIAL

THIS IS GREAT MATERIAL

July 17 – August 21, 2020 online exhibition & poster series opening July 17   gachetfromaway.org

Artists: Afuwa, Tamara Bond, Krystle Coughlin Silverfox, Marissa Diamond, Mary Phyllis O’Toole

THIS IS GREAT MATERIAL proposes a celebration of collage art as media and practice. Featuring mixed-media work by artists located throughout the region — unceded Esquimalt, Songhees, Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territories — the exhibition revels in the form’s capacity for recombination, juxtaposition, layering, and association as modes of healing and reclamation of lifeworlds.

The exhibition borrows its title from an artwork by Tamara Bond, where the exclamation appears as both the work’s title and writing on the canvas. The artists featured in this exhibition draw from their lived experiences, combining found and handmade paper with gold leaf, beadwork, digital imagery, paint, textiles, thread, drawing, ink, printwork, and photography. Afuwa balances diasporic presence and loss with invocations of missing family photographs. Tamara Bond conjures fantastic, densely-populated worlds on the other side of schizo-affective symptoms and carceral mental health forces. Krystle Coughlin Silverfox inverts landscape conventions to reimagine relational land/use. Marissa Diamond reconfigures imagery and materials alluding to bodies to revalue gendered art-making methods and interrogate traditional ideals of beauty. For Mary Phyllis O’Toole, collage is a way to describe and illustrate experiences of schizophrenia and to decrease the stigma to people who live with the misunderstood illness.

THIS IS GREAT MATERIAL considers collage in contrast to the appropriation prevalent in dominant white art histories and distinct from avant-garde narratives that focus on the cut as an aesthetic gesture of political disruption. Adhesion becomes the emphasis, not for the sake of nostalgia or normative wholeness, but toward spaces for resilient lifeworlds and imperfect possibility.

THIS IS GREAT MATERIAL Poster Series

One work by each artist is printed as a poster series. Valuing offline accessibility while following the direction of the DTES Response to discourage unnecessary visits to the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood, the posters will be installed as of July 17 at to-be-specified outdoor locations near the DTES as well as undisclosed sites within, where they are accessible to neighbourhood residents and their essential visitors. Please visit gachetfromaway.org for confirmed poster locations, to order copies, or to inquire about artists’ sales.

Gallery Gachet is located in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver on the unceded and occupied territories of the xwməθkwəy’əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Gallery Gachet has a mandate to support artists and offer art programs addressing mental health and socio-political marginalization while promoting art as a means for survival, cultural participation, and human rights. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Vancouver Foundation, the City of Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia, and the Lacey Prize 2019.

For more information about Gallery Gachet exhibitions or public programs please contact programming@gachet.org

Image: Krystle Coughlin Silverfox, Hats’adän echo (Elders teachings), 2020. 18 in x 12 in. Image courtesy the artist.

Start: July 17, 2020
End: August 21, 2020
Venue: gallery gachet
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9 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6B1G4

Volunteer Orientation Session

Volunteer Orientations/ information sessions take place on the third Tuesday of each month at 3:00 pm.

On these dates, Training Sessions will be held at 4:00pm following the orientation. Training Sessions are intended for all volunteers but especially those who may be interested in becoming a member of the Gallery Gachet Collective. Those who are interested in attending either the Volunteer Orientation and/or the Volunteer Training Sessions are encouraged to contact us at volunteer@gachet.org or at 604.687.2468.

 Our Volunteer Membership Program offers access to our facility and programs in exchange for volunteering with us. It also offers a wide range of opportunities for learning at all levels, including communication skills, exhibition coordination, learning about non-profit organization management, professional development skills for artists and arts administration skills. Volunteer Members and Collective Members find that through their experience with Gallery Gachet, they have an opportunity to increase their knowledge on many levels, transferring their new-found skills to other areas of their lives. Examples of some volunteer opportunities include:

– Gallery Hosting (this is central to our volunteer program) – Preparation of the gallery space, exhibitions and assistance with gallery openings
-Administrative support, assistance with publications and communications initiatives

Volunteers:
– attend workshops free of charge
– receive newsletters with information about exhibitions, workshops and other events
– are entitled to access our gallery and computer stations during open hours – are provided with access to supervised open studio times
– have the opportunity to join a committee and participate in the work of the Studio, Communications, and Programming Committees

Start: March 17, 2020 3:00 pm
End: March 17, 2020 4:00 pm
Venue: gallery gachet
Address:
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9 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6B1G4

Gallery Gachet is closed until further notice

Gallery Gachet’s Response to COVID-19

Gallery Gachet is closed until further notice. One of the best ways we can show care at this time is to step back, to practice social distancing. We are following closely the advice of health authorities and planning creative ways to continue our programming and stay connected by other means. Please visit our website at gachet.org for more information.

Start: March 17, 2020
End: June 30, 2020
Venue: gallery gachet
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9 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6B1G4

Eli Howey | Passageways

 

Eli Howey: Passageways

February 28 – April 4, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, February 28, 6pm – 9pm

Including sculpture, printmaking, book arts, and community engagement, Passageways is a solo exhibition by Eli Howey based on a series of watercolour and gouache paintings of the same title. In the series, characters in shadowy environments interact with surrounding objects and flora. The artist illuminates the body as the ultimate symbol of transgression — first physically, as the vehicle, exemplified by the exact moment of being held in the tension of transgressing two spaces, and further, as the energetic mediator, a passageway between tangible and non-tangible spaces that can manifest ideas, movements, thoughts, memories, and other vibrations into physical reality. The artwork reinterprets the body through an expansive symbolism, building towards an imaginative-poetic-visual language around human psychology, identity, and gender.

Artist Biography
Eli Howey is a multidisciplinary artist with a background in comics and printmaking. Howey’s artwork incorporates the imagined spaces within environments to tell stories that explore the body’s relationship to the unseen world. Reinterpreting the body within an imaginative symbolism allows Howey to explore sensitive topics around gender, identity, and mental health in a more nuanced and understandable way. The artist illustrates the internal world of thoughts, feelings and intuition, which converge on the visual plane. Nature is an important element in Howey’s artwork, providing pathways for creative imagining outside of the confines of capitalist colonial culture.

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Gallery Gachet is located in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver on the unceded and occupied territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Gallery Gachet has a mandate to support artists and offer art programs addressing mental health and socio-political marginalization, while promoting art as a means for survival, cultural participation, and human rights.

Eli Howey: Passageways was made possible with the support of WePress Community Arts Space, the Canada Council for the Arts, Vancouver Foundation, the City of Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia, and the Lacey Prize 2019.

Start: February 28, 2020 6:00 pm
End: April 4, 2020 6:00 pm
Venue: gallery gachet
Address:
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9 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6B1G4

Volunteer Orientation Session

Volunteer Orientations/ information sessions take place on the third Tuesday of each month at 3:00 pm.

On these dates, Training Sessions will be held at 4:00pm following the orientation. Training Sessions are intended for all volunteers but especially those who may be interested in becoming a member of the Gallery Gachet Collective. Those who are interested in attending either the Volunteer Orientation and/or the Volunteer Training Sessions are encouraged to contact us at volunteer@gachet.org or at 604.687.2468.

 Our Volunteer Membership Program offers access to our facility and programs in exchange for volunteering with us. It also offers a wide range of opportunities for learning at all levels, including communication skills, exhibition coordination, learning about non-profit organization management, professional development skills for artists and arts administration skills. Volunteer Members and Collective Members find that through their experience with Gallery Gachet, they have an opportunity to increase their knowledge on many levels, transferring their new-found skills to other areas of their lives. Examples of some volunteer opportunities include:

– Gallery Hosting (this is central to our volunteer program) – Preparation of the gallery space, exhibitions and assistance with gallery openings
-Administrative support, assistance with publications and communications initiatives

Volunteers:
– attend workshops free of charge
– receive newsletters with information about exhibitions, workshops and other events
– are entitled to access our gallery and computer stations during open hours – are provided with access to supervised open studio times
– have the opportunity to join a committee and participate in the work of the Studio, Communications, and Programming Committees

Start: February 18, 2020 3:00 pm
End: February 18, 2020 4:00 pm
Venue: gallery gachet
Address:
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9 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6B1G4

Take As Needed

Take As Needed
Interurban Art Gallery, 1 E Hastings |Saturday, February 8 | 3pm-5pm

A community conversation in association with Manuel Axel Strain’s Needed Medicine, currently on exhibit nearby at Gallery Gachet, 9 W Hastings.

Free Event
Smudging will be offered
Refreshments will be provided at 3pm
The conversation will begin at 3:30pm to make time for those who would like to visit the exhibition at Gallery Gachet (across Carrall Street) before gathering at Interurban.

All are welcome to join us for a community conversation on the artwork and themes of Needed Medicine, a solo exhibition of new sculpture, drawing, video, and performance work by Manuel Axel Strain currently at Gallery Gachet. Needed Medicine locates mental health within contexts of colonialism, intergenerational trauma, and cultural resurgence. For Take As Needed, Strain has invited E. Condesa Strain, Charlene Vickers, Hagere Selam (shimby) Zegeye-Gebrehiwot, and Stephanie Gagne to share their responses to the exhibition. Possible topics will include addiction, different modes of recovery and healing, institutional and cultural knowledge systems, connections to ancestral land, intergenerational transmissions, and Indigenous-Settler relations.

Artist Biography
Manuel Axel Strain is a 2-spirit interdisciplinary artist with Musqueam/Simpcw/Syilx heritage based in the unceded territory of the Katzie/Kwantlin peoples. They use their lived experience to inspire social and political change in the colonial state of Canada. This leads them to examine the construction of First Nations identities — in particular the internal conflicts that arise from imposed identity constructs and the legacies of colonization. They work with painting, photography, sculpture, performance, and installation. Strain’s work is mainly concerned with assimilation, religion, spirituality, intergenerational trauma, and healing. Their goal is to move beyond the binary opposition of the colonizer and the colonized to establish new ontologies for First Nations identities.

Manuel Axel Strain, The Land Can’t Hear Your Voices, video installation (still), 2020. Image courtesy the artist.

Our  guests for Saturday’s community conversation:

Charlene Vickers
Charlene Vickers is a contemporary Anishinabe artist based in Vancouver Canada. Born in Kenora Ontario and raised in Toronto, her works explore her Ojibway ancestry through painting, sculpture, performance, and video examining memory, healing and embodied connections to ancestral lands. Trained as a painter, she graduated from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design (1994), Simon Fraser University, BA (1998) and MFA (2013.) Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, New Zealand, and Amsterdam. Her work is in the permanent collection at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and the Royal Bank of Canada art collection. Vickers most recent solo exhibitions include, Chrysalis Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver BC, Speaking With Hands and Territories, SFU Galleries and Coverings at Macaulay and Co in Vancouver. Group exhibitions include: The Map Is Not The Territory at the Portland Art Museum, I continue to Shape at The Art Museum at U of T in Toronto and An Assembly of Shapes at Oakville Galleries. Upcoming exhibitions are Art Toronto 2019, solo booth with Macaulay and Co. and group exhibition with the Biennale nationale de sculpture contemporaine 2020 in Trois Rivieres, Quebec.

 

Hagere Selam ‘shimby’ Zegeye-Gebrehiwot
Hagere Selam ‘shimby’ Zegeye-Gebrehiwot is a transnational diasporic dyke born and predominantly based in Treaty One Territory (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada). They are a lens based artist that moonlights as a media anthropology/entomology undergrad; and community-centred arts facilitator/administrator/programmer/writer.

 

Stephanie Gagne
Stephanie Gagne is a Vancouver-based artist. She received a bachelor of fine arts degree in visual arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and a master of fine arts degree in interdisciplinary studies from Simon Fraser University. Her interests include popular culture, sexuality, neighbourhoods and childhood nostalgia. Stephanie’s interdisciplinary projects involve sculpture, photography, drawing and video.

She currently works at the Polygon gallery and is an undergraduate teaching assistant in media history at Emily Carr University. Recent projects include “Ball and Chain” commissioned by the City of Vancouver Public Art Program and presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery plaza. She has curated multiple group exhibitions, such as In Circulation and Exposure, for Capture Photography Festival. Her event “Plastic Picnic” was part of the Canada 150+ celebrations in Stanley Park and celebrated the diverse perspectives that shape our past and current understandings of home.

 

E. Condesa Strain
E. Condesa Strain is of Musqueam, Syilx and Secwepemc descent currently enrolled in the Indigenous Legal Studies Program at Paul Allard at the University of British Columbia. Being a young First Nations mother has created a strong interest in criminal defence, family and aboriginal law. She graduated as valedictorian from Douglas College with a Bachelors of Arts in Criminology with honours. Her honours project was a qualitative study on the experience of elders working with offenders. During her undergrad she worked in the Indigenous student services as a Student Assistant. As well as a practicum at Cwenengitl Aboriginal Society working with traditional modes of healing for Indigenous men with Substance use disorder. Condesa is currently working at the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic working to provide legal service and advice to Indigenous people.

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Gallery Gachet is located in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver on the unceded and occupied territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Gallery Gachet has a mandate to support artists and offer art programs addressing mental health and socio-political marginalization, while promoting art as a means for survival, cultural participation, and human rights.

Accessibility info: Interurban Art Gallery is a wheelchair accessible space. There is a washroom with stalls and a washroom with urinals; both will be gender-inclusive. This is a blind and low-vision friendly event (it won’t be described, but can be participated in without description). We regret that we are not able to provide sign language interpretation for this event, and that we cannot guarantee a scent-free space. Please be aware that Gallery Gachet’s programming often contends with lived experiences of trauma, mental distress, and marginalization.

Please contact Gallery Gachet if you have any further questions or needs: programming@gachet.org 604.687.2468

Thank you to our funders: City of Vancouver, Vancouver Foundation, Province of BC, Canada Council for the Arts, the Lacey Prize 2019.

 

Start: February 8, 2020 3:00 pm
End: February 8, 2020 5:00 pm
Venue: Interurban Gallery
Address:
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1 East Hastings, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Volunteer Orientation Session

Volunteer Orientations/ information sessions take place on the third Tuesday of each month at 3:00 pm.

On these dates, Training Sessions will be held at 4:00pm following the orientation. Training Sessions are intended for all volunteers but especially those who may be interested in becoming a member of the Gallery Gachet Collective. Those who are interested in attending either the Volunteer Orientation and/or the Volunteer Training Sessions are encouraged to contact us at volunteer@gachet.org or at 604.687.2468.

 Our Volunteer Membership Program offers access to our facility and programs in exchange for volunteering with us. It also offers a wide range of opportunities for learning at all levels, including communication skills, exhibition coordination, learning about non-profit organization management, professional development skills for artists and arts administration skills. Volunteer Members and Collective Members find that through their experience with Gallery Gachet, they have an opportunity to increase their knowledge on many levels, transferring their new-found skills to other areas of their lives. Examples of some volunteer opportunities include:

– Gallery Hosting (this is central to our volunteer program) – Preparation of the gallery space, exhibitions and assistance with gallery openings
-Administrative support, assistance with publications and communications initiatives

Volunteers:
– attend workshops free of charge
– receive newsletters with information about exhibitions, workshops and other events
– are entitled to access our gallery and computer stations during open hours – are provided with access to supervised open studio times
– have the opportunity to join a committee and participate in the work of the Studio, Communications, and Programming Committees

Start: January 21, 2020 3:00 pm
End: January 21, 2020 4:00 pm
Venue: gallery gachet
Address:
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9 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6B1G4

Manuel Axel Strain: Needed Medicine

Manuel Axel Strain: Needed Medicine
January 10 – February 15, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, January 10, 6pm – 9pm

Performance: Friday, January 10, 6pm
Near the gallery in Blood Alley Square between Abbott St and Carrall St

Featuring new work by Manuel Axel Strain, Needed Medicine locates mental health within contexts of colonization, intergenerational trauma, and cultural resurgence. Through installation, sculpture, video, and performance, Strain draws from lived experience as a source of agency to investigate different ways of healing and knowing. Two sculptures made with gathered materials — text books, clay, plexiglass, methadone bottles, and prayer ties — question the stability of psychiatric diagnoses and excessively prescriptive approaches to treatment while integrating the cultural dissonance of healing between worlds. A video installation situates language within land as medicine, responding to a desire to resist the loss of language. Drawn to the alleyways of Gastown or the Downtown Eastside, Strain engages Blood Alley as a performance site, working with smudge ash, clay, tumuth and their body to recast the assertions and erasures of urban myths, national histories, and family stories. Works on paper record performance traces as variations on the artist’s distinct modes of self-portraiture.

Strain’s practice confronts the dominance of institutional medical knowledge, stereotypes, and the stigmatization of addictions, where someone is assumed to be at fault for their substance use and their experiences are removed from contexts of trauma histories within the settler economy. Their work introduces a sensory aspect to the now-conventional form of the land acknowledgement while questioning the meaning and process of reconciliation. Evoking ceremonial processes, Needed Medicine centers the value of autonomy and self-determination in recovery and creativity.

Associated Program

Panel Discussion
Saturday, February 8 3pm – 5pm
Interurban Art Gallery, 1 E Hastings St

Artist Biography
Manuel Axel Strain is a 2-spirit interdisciplinary artist with Musqueam/Simpcw/Syilx heritage based in the unceded territory of the Katzie/Kwantlin peoples. They use their lived experience to inspire social and political change in the colonial state of Canada. This leads them to examine the construction of First Nations identities — in particular the internal conflicts that arise from imposed identity constructs and the legacies of colonization. They work with painting, photography, sculpture, performance, and installation. Strain’s work is mainly concerned with assimilation, religion, spirituality, intergenerational trauma, and healing. Their goal is to move beyond the binary opposition of the colonizer and the colonized to establish new ontologies for First Nations identities.

Gallery Gachet is located in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver on the unceded and occupied territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Gallery Gachet has a mandate to support artists and offer art programs addressing mental health and socio-political marginalization, while promoting art as a means for survival, cultural participation, and human rights.

For more information about Gallery Gachet exhibitions or public programs please contact programming@gachet.org or 604.687.2468

Image: Manuel Axel Strain, my body, our land, our spirit, 2019. Clay, smudge ash, paper. Image courtesy the artist.

Thank you to our funders: City of Vancouver, Vancouver Foundation, Province of BC, Canada Council for the Arts, the Lacey Prize 2019.

Start: January 10, 2020 6:00 pm
End: February 15, 2020 6:00 pm
Venue: gallery gachet
Address:
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9 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6B1G4

Gallery Gachet Closed

Gallery Gachet will be closed from December 21, 2019 to January 6, 2020

We wish you a happy winter solstice and holidays!

Start: December 21, 2019
End: January 6, 2020
Venue: gallery gachet
Address:
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9 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6B1G4

Volunteer Orientation Session

Volunteer Orientations/ information sessions take place on the third Tuesday of each month at 3:00 pm.

On these dates, Training Sessions will be held at 4:00pm following the orientation. Training Sessions are intended for all volunteers but especially those who may be interested in becoming a member of the Gallery Gachet Collective. Those who are interested in attending either the Volunteer Orientation and/or the Volunteer Training Sessions are encouraged to contact us at volunteer@gachet.org or at 604.687.2468.

 Our Volunteer Membership Program offers access to our facility and programs in exchange for volunteering with us. It also offers a wide range of opportunities for learning at all levels, including communication skills, exhibition coordination, learning about non-profit organization management, professional development skills for artists and arts administration skills. Volunteer Members and Collective Members find that through their experience with Gallery Gachet, they have an opportunity to increase their knowledge on many levels, transferring their new-found skills to other areas of their lives. Examples of some volunteer opportunities include:

– Gallery Hosting (this is central to our volunteer program) – Preparation of the gallery space, exhibitions and assistance with gallery openings
-Administrative support, assistance with publications and communications initiatives

Volunteers:
– attend workshops free of charge
– receive newsletters with information about exhibitions, workshops and other events
– are entitled to access our gallery and computer stations during open hours – are provided with access to supervised open studio times
– have the opportunity to join a committee and participate in the work of the Studio, Communications, Publications, New Media and Programming Committees

Start: December 17, 2019
End: December 17, 2019
Venue: gallery gachet
Address:
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9 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6B1G4
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