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Isabelle Pauwels: Triple Bill

artspeak
Vancouver BC – Jan 26–Mar 1, 2008

Isabelle Pauwels - video still from Triple Bill

Isabelle Pauwels, Triple Bill (2007), video still [Artspeak, Vancouver BC, Jan 26-Mar 1]

Isabelle Pauwels' work is described as centering around language and social relations in conjunction with art, architecture and media. Triple Bill, a new three-part video work, is part documentary and part fiction. At some personal risk, it is based on visits made by the artist to pornography theatres, although pornographic subjects are never actually pictured. 

Pauwels believes pornography presents a huge reservoir to examine human behaviour, both in how the films and roles are scripted, and in the response they elicit from viewers. Using rapidly scrolling text screens, as well as recorded and edited conversation, she narrates her experience of the theatre's architecture, social behaviours and films. The work, which looks in part at what audiences want and how they consume, draws a correlation between the theatre and the gallery as sanctioned spaces for viewing and pleasure.

Isabelle Pauwels earned a BFA at Emily Carr Institute in 2001 and her MFA at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions at Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Mercer Union, Toronto; Or Gallery, Vancouver; and at Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver. Her work has also been included in exhibitions at Signal, Malmo; Alberta Art Gallery, Edmonton; and currently in eXponential Future at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver. In 2007, she won the prestigious VIVA award. The exhibition is accompanied by a publication co-produced with Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto.

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Isabelle Pauwels - video still from Triple Bill

Isabelle Pauwels, Triple Bill (2007), video still [Artspeak, Vancouver BC, Jan 26-Mar 1]

 Fri, Feb 8, 2008