Beijing-Vancouver, curated by Makiko Hara, is based on work produced in 2007-08 during residencies at Beijing's Red Gate Gallery. Halifax artists Garry Neill Kennedy and Cathy Busby spent four months researching and developing site-specific art works at Red Gate. The pieces reflected the artists' experience of being in Beijing before, during and after the Olympic Games.
Kennedy produced two large wall painting installations entitled, I Don't Want to Pay the Full Price and The Eight Banners, a Chinese History Painting. He has reproduced both in brilliant colours painted directly onto the walls of Centre A. The first piece covers the entire south wall of the gallery, an area over 2,000 square feet possibly the largest painting ever produced in Vancouver.
The second piece covers several other walls and refers to his celebrated work, The American History Painting, on view at the National Gallery of Canada. Busby, inspired by large-scale vinyl banners advertising products, created a series of giant photographic posters. Including two more produced for Centre A, her series is displayed as a large cube of images in the centre of the gallery.
Centre A, Saturday, September 12, 2pm
PUBLIC LECTURE BY GARRY NEILL KENNEDY:
Thursday, September 10, 7pm, Emily Carr
University, Room 301, South Bldg.
Hosted by the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver.
Garry Neill Kennedy is best known as a pioneer of conceptual painting and as the former president and professor of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) for 23 years. His accomplishments as an artist, teacher and administrator were recognized in 2003 with the Order of Canada and in 2004 with the Governor General's Award for Visual Arts. Cathy Busby's work addresses increasingly globalized and corporatized conditions. She has a long-time interest in posters and printed matter and their potential for grassroots communication. Busby holds a BFA from NSCAD, and an MA and PhD from Concordia University.