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Catriona Jeffries Gallery
Vancouver BC – May 15-Jun 20, 2009

Alex Morrison, Proposal for a new Monument at Freedom Square

Alex Morrison, Proposal for a new Monument at Freedom Square (2007), modelling clay and wood [Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 15-Jun 20]

Ron Terada, It Is What It Was

Ron Terada, It Is What It Was, neon sign [Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver BC, May 15-Jun 20]

LOADED examines social, political and economic conditions through a group exhibition of artworks that focus on these subjects. As well as a selection of gallery artists from Catriona Jeffries, the show includes others who are practising internationally. The featured artists are Rebecca Belmore, Sam Durant, Geoffrey Farmer, Brian Jungen, Myfanwy MacLeod, Alex Morrison, Kevin Schmidt, Ron Terada and Jin-me Yoon.

These artists explore the contemporary world using themes of power, accountability, democracy, history and activism. At the same time, many of the works transcend the specificity of time by incorporating references to events that took place in the 20th century, such as the Black Panther movement in work by Sam Durant; the Second World War in the drawings of Myfanwy MacLeod; and the protest movements of the 1960s in bronze monuments by Alex Morrison.

The selected pieces represent a range of media including sculptures by Geoffrey Farmer, an installation by Rebecca Belmore, a neon artwork by Ron Terada, and a parachute constructed from men's dress shirts by Brian Jungen. Kevin Schmidt's imitative bird call alarms and warns visitors. Jin-me Yoon examines our larger metaphysical relationship to the world through the embodiment of a distorted phantom figure.


Mia Johnson

 Sat, Jun 6, 2009