Satellite Gallery invites four first year Master of Fine Arts (MFA) students from the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia to create an experimental, site responsive collaboration using the Gallery's exhibition spaces. Artists Eric Angus, Jamey Braden, Anyse Ducharme and Jessica Gnyp embark on a unique investigation that invites visual risk taking and will result in the unexpected. The Gallery will maintain its regular gallery hours during this process to invite the public to witness and participate in the unfolding of this work.
The artists will be working and collaborating in the Gallery from April 16, [Wed – Sat, noon – 6 pm], and culminating in a closing event on May 2, from 7pm to 10pm.
When asked to occupy the Satellite Gallery for a period of three weeks with only the mandate to produce work collaboratively, the artists said, "We found ourselves momentarily frozen, faced with the great unknown of what, how, and who might come out of such an experimental framework: occupying a gallery in an attempt to create generative work together." They continue, "The attempt to collectively envision what might come out of us feels akin to predicting what elephants and dolphins might naturally create together, knowing only that they are both mammals, have grey skin, and do not speak human language!"
Using Satellite Gallery's distinctive site above Club FiveSixty as a point of departure, the Club becomes a site to respond to within the Gallery, an embodied place to research, a historical institution about which to learn, a fantasy place on which to project thoughts, feelings and creative imaginings. The artists share a particular interest in looking at the Gallery's site using a multitude of digital and sculptural processes, documenting the afterhours soundscape that engulfs the Gallery, and creating a parallel night club through physical, material play.
This project is made possible with support from the Michael O'Brian Family Foundation and the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at UBC in collaboration with Satellite Gallery. A special thank you to Marina Roy for her dedication and support of this project.
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