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Isabelle Pauwels: B and E

Presentation House Gallery
North Vancouver BC – Jan 31-Mar 22, 2009


Isabelle Pauwels, production still from B & E (2008), video installation [Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver BC, Jan 31-Mar 22] Courtesy Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver.


Isabelle Pauwels, production still from B & E (2008), video installation [Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver BC, Jan 31-Mar 22] Courtesy Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver

Isabelle Pauwels, production still from B & E (2008), video installation [Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver BC, Jan 31-Mar 22] Courtesy Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver

Isabelle Pauwels has quickly gained renown for her innovative conceptual audio-visual installation pieces. In her engaging work, she employs such devices as video monitors, microphones, video projections, televisions, telephones, audio equipment, and electronic and manual typewriters in an exploration of concepts of labour, building codes, the machine-made versus the handmade, relationships between language and thought, and the development and applications of technologies.

B and E is a solo exhibition of two new media installations shot in the decaying Fox Cinema on Main Street in Vancouver, and in the rural West Flanders home of her grandparents before it was closed. Pauwels delves into the zone where documentary realism intersects with the artifice of staging, and in examining viewers' expectations and the nature of spectatorship, she implicates her viewers into negotiating with spaces that are psychologically complex.

Belgian-born Isabelle Pauwels, graduated with a BFA from Emily Carr Institute and and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since 2001, her work has been shown in solo exhibitions at Contemporary Art Gallery, Artspeak, Or Gallery, and Catriona Jeffries Gallery in Vancouver and at Toronto's Mercer Union and Blackwood Galleries. It has also been included in group exhibitions at Signal (Malmo, Sweden), the Alberta Art Gallery in Edmonton, and in the eXponential Future exhibition held at Vancouver's Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery last year.

In 2007 she was honoured with a prestigious VIVA award from the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation. Pauwels will present an artist talk at 2 pm on Saturday, February 21 and an overview of her art practice is the subject of a Presentation House Gallery publication. This coming spring, she will be participating in an exhibition at CSA Space and in a group exhibition at the Helen Pitt Gallery.

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ARTIST TALK:
Saturday, Feb 21, 2 pm
Presentation House Gallery
333 Chesterfield Ave.
North Vancouver BC
604-096-1351

Mia Johnson


 Thu, Feb 5, 2009