Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver


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Our assignment was to visit a local art gallery of our choice and to analyze the exhibitions as contemporary art, based on how it is described in our course text: "Believing Is Seeing" by Mary Anne Staniszewski.

During the time I visited the CAG, three exhibitions were held: Corita Kent's "To Create is to Relate", Thomas Bewick's "Tale-pieces", and Federico Herrero's "Vibrantes".

This was a solo presentation.


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Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver

  1. 1. CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY Federico Herrero Thomas Bewick Corita KentGracey Mesina • 301115667 • FPA 160 • Fall 2011
  2. 2. CAG 555 Nelson Street, VancouverThe Contemporary Art Gallery isdevoted to cultivate a setting thatexplores and records the transformingartistic practices as they are shapedby social forces, while maintaining adeep connection to the original placeand time of the work, and by fosteringdialogue and new understandings ofcollective meanings and values.
  3. 3. Federico Herrero Herrero (b. 1978) is an abstract painter from Costa Rica. His work is characterized by his use of interlocking geometric and organic forms painted in bright colours. He uses unconventional locations and surfaces as his canvas for his large-scale murals (similar to a graffiti artist), which directly addresses the division between art and social life, that challenges the notion that art is a specialized commodity.
  4. 4. Vibrantes, commissioned by the CAG, is a window mural with its name derived from the “kinetic” energy created by the overlapping and mixing colours of the vinyl. The energy is alsoa reference to the dynamics of the work, in that its intensity, opacity, and saturation is constantly shifting in conjunctionwith the unpredictable Vancouver weather. Essentially, the vibrancy of his work pulses with the energy of its urban context.
  5. 5. Thomas BewickTale-pieces Bewick (1753-1828) is an English wood engraver, artist, and naturalist. The works in Tale-pieces are from natural history books that he illustrated for. These ornamental images were usually placed in the empty spaces on the bottom of the page or after a paragraph. The exhibit requires the viewers to look at his vignettes through a magnifying glass, which shows his fine attention to detail, and his (sometimes dark) sense of humour in use with his wood engraving skills.
  6. 6. Corita Kent T create is to relate oKent (1918-1986) is a pop artist known for her brightlycoloured serigraph prints. She taught art since the 1950sat the Immaculate Heart College in California and wasknown as Sister Corita Kent until she left the order in1968 when she moved to Boston to fully pursue her art.Her teaching techniques were just as innovative as hercreations in that she taught her students different waysof seeing, and was admired by other designers and artistssuch as Charles and Ray Eames, and Saul Bass.
  7. 7. Kent mixes advertising slogans, song lyrics,and poetry. This de-contextualizing of text isjuxtaposed by her layering and “cut and paste”collaging.Through her art, she expresses her spiritual,social, and political beliefs (including topics onracism, poverty, feminism, and desire for socialjustice and peace during the Vietnam war).Similar to Herrero, her works also assert thecontinuum between daily life and art in thatit should not be separated from oureveryday experience
  8. 8. ReferencesContent