SFU Contemporary Arts’ students host exhibition in Stanley Park

June 19, 2017
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By Maika Nguyen

Students from SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts will display artwork in Vancouver’s Stanley Park on June 22 and 23, as part of the Laboratory Landscape exhibition. This free public event focuses on how landscapes are conceptualized, experienced, visualized, and represented. The artworks will only be showcased for two days on-site, so be sure to mark your calendars. The exhibition is the outcome of a two-part course modeled as a studio laboratory.

Laboratory Landscape is part of the LandMarks 2017, a nationwide exhibition engaging with Canada's 150th year. Representing B.C. along with Emily Carr University, and alongside 16 participating universities nationwide, 17 SFU graduate and undergraduate students will honour indigenous culture, while generating new forms of experiential learning and works that showcase the diverse talent of B.C.’s emerging artists.

What is a site-specific installation?
Site-specific works are created to be displayed publically at a certain location. Famous pieces are, for example, Ken Lum’s Monument for East Vancouver or the People Amongst the People by Susan Point. The works draw from and respond to their specific environments.

The Laboratory Landscape exhibition is a two-day event and includes public tours of the site-specific works in Stanley Park.

The exhibition artworks include:

Let Me In by Jessica Chu, Michelle Gougani, Nico Yu: the Lord Stanley statue will hold a long curtain with a text questioning the idea of belonging and in the Rose Garden another curtain will be installed with references to memory and romanticization.

Can-odes by Krystle Coughlin, Rachelle Tjahyana: an installation repurposing invasive plant species into folded paper canoes, displayed and available at the Stanley Park Nature House.

Can-odes by Krystle Coughlin and Rachelle Tjahyana Photo: Rachelle Tjayana.

Bear Garden by Emily Marson: a photographic installation that depicts the former Stanley Park polar bear pit as a ruin. The photo refers to art historical paintings of ruins.

Hollow by Carli Howden, Andi Icaza-Largaespada, Sophie Vandenbiggelaar: a brochure and a projection event considering the famous Hollow tree’s history and presence in Vancouver culture as well as the notion of windstorms and wildfires.

This Is Where It Started by Oscar Alfonso, Carolina Krawczyk: a text-based project using colourful banners to reflect on our relationship, understanding, and assumptions of Stanley Park as a public site.   

One With Nature by Josie Dawson-Whisker, Phoebe Huang, Lori Lai: faux-motivational images displayed on signs at Beaver Lake, Third Beach, and Stanley Park Pool / Concession stand which address the relationship of the body to the park and nature.

One With Nature by Josie Dawson-Whisker, Phoebe Huang, Lori Lai.

Silently Suffocated by Roxanne Charles: an artist sit-in in which the artist, employing traditional Salish weaving techniques will take a ceremonial approach to illustrating the resilience of Indigeneity on the West Coast.

Plastic Picnic by Stéphanie Gagné: a picnic performance event composed of culinary art, visual installation, and performative recreation.

For a full schedule of exhibition events and tour times, visit the Laboratory Landscape website and to see images of the works and process follow the class’ Instagram channel @landscape.laboratory.

Laboratory Landscape is part of LandMarks2017/Repères2017. LandMarks2017/ Repères2017 is created by PIA (Partners in Art), presented by TD and is a Canada 150 Signature Project, working with Parks Canada and 16 participating universities and colleges across Canada.

LandMarks2017/Repères2017 national curriculum brings curators and artists into conversation with faculty, undergraduate and graduate students from 16 participating universities across the country, generating new forms of experiential learning and site-specific artworks that showcase the diverse talent of Canada’s emerging artists.

Please visit the LandMarks2017/Repères2017 website for a full list of all curators, artists, projects, events, and locations included in the project: www.landmarks2017.ca.