Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library July 4-7, 2014


Return of the Mod Rod The month- long show of hot rods and custom motorcycles inside the Vancouver Art Gallery was big news in November 1968. There were 15 hot rods and custom cars alongside custom motorcycles from B. C. and Washington in a show that was to be one of a kind. The deal was finally inked this spring. The hot rod was a big hit on the show circuit winning awards for Best Engineering, Best Paint and Rod Sweepstakes at Vancouver’s Motorama show in 1973. It also won best paint, best upholstery and first in its class at the Portland Roadster Show and Glamour Rod of the Year at the two weeklong Oakland Roadster Show in 1972. But marriage and the need to buy a house saw Bill Traquair part with his treasured hot rod and, in 1972, he sold it to Ron Ford who lived in Nanaimo. Original builder Bill Traquair and son Shane trailered the car back from Parksville, returning the hot rod to the family after more than four decades. Vancouver Sun, July 4, 2014 Reposted in “CARS”


Robert Amos: Exhibitions reveal culture of the kimono At the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, I met Hitomi Harama, curator of one of two shows that introduce the traditional Japanese culture of the costume. She was dressed in a neat kimono in soft blue silk, her car keys tucked into the gentle folds within her morning gloryblue obi. As a fashion statement, this is far more interesting than what was being worn by most visitors to the gallery. Times Colonist, July 6, 2014

Prince George

Art has gassy message Sculptor Karl Mattson of Rolla (near Dawson Creek) towed the large item to Prince George and on Thursday morning a crane lifted it onto the gallery’s rooftop sculpture garden. The work weighs almost 1,000 pounds but its symbolism weighs considerably more than that. It is a functional temporary bunker in the event of a poison gas incident, and – all jokes about the old days of P.G.’s stinky pulp mills aside – up in the Peace Country, a sour gas event is a life-anddeath fear thanks to the active petroleum industry. Prince George Citizen, July 4, 2014


Aboriginal works get urban makeover Regina residents will have the last opportunity to see modern aboriginal art, music and culture collide at the MacKenzie Art Gallery this summer. Beat Nation: Art, Hip-hop and Aboriginal Culture exhibit is ending its two-year cross-country tour in Regina. Regina Leader-Post, July 7, 2014

Healing humour Some are punny. Some are dark. Some are playful. The works in Tragedy Plus Time, an exhibition that opened at Regina’s Dunlop Art Gallery on Friday, explore “the relationship between tragedy and comedy and the use of humour as a coping mechanism to deal with unpleasant and difficult circumstances.” Regina Leader-Post, July 5, 2014


Geoffrey Farmer brings light and shadow, sound and silence to AGO 0 It’s a measure of the esteem in which Geoffrey Farmer is held in the art world – and the anticipation that attends the debut of a new work by him – that a preexhibition talk and “slide show” by the Vancouver artist at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Jackman Hall drew more than 100 attentive attendees earlier this week. After, a reception in the gallery’s Walker Court was cluttered with a who’s who of prominent collectors, curators, administrators and fellow artists, Michael Snow, Scott McFarland and Shary Boyle among them. Globe and Mail, July 5, 2014

Geoffrey Farmer makes Henry Moore’s work ephemeral and fleeting Geoffrey Farmer is full of surprises. Just when you think you have a bead on the Vancouver artist’s playfully dense, thoughtfully absurd oeuvre, he goes and does this: at the Art Gallery of Ontario this week, Farmer opened a new work in the museum’s Henry Moore Sculpture Centre. Toronto Star, July 6 2014


Art curator Edythe Goodridge was called ‘mother’ of Newfoundland Edythe Goodridge had such sway with Newfoundland and Labrador culture that Memorial University orator Shane O’Dea ranked her influence equal to that of long-time premier Joseph Smallwood. “The New Newfoundland has both a father and a mother,” said Mr. O’Dea when Ms. Goodridge received a doctor of laws (honoris causa) from MUN in 1998. “Our father: Joe Smallwood who made us a province, who made us Canadians. And our mother: Edythe Goodridge, who made us a people, who remade us as Newfoundlanders.” Globe and Mail, July 6, 2014

New York

What’s It Like To Be A Docent In The Hellhole Factory Where You Used To Work? “Shelton is the only volunteer on the floor of the provocative [Kara Walker] installation who ever worked at Domino’s sugar refinery. Of the several ‘interpreters’ who are on hand to answer visitor questions, his is the only intimate connection to the factory. He found out about the exhibit through an article in the New York Times and knew immediately he wanted to be involved. The Atlantic, July 3, 2014

Words That Do More Than Signify Language and its interplay with medium and audience are examined in “Sites of Reason,” an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. New York times, July 3, 2014


A History of the Now, Found in Politically Charged Objects Two exhibitions at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London challenge viewers to rethink their relationship to everyday objects and consider the human costs. New York Times, July 6, 2014


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