What was originally intended to be a round-up of just five new galleries to check out, quickly grew as more and more less obvious art spaces revealed themselves to me… Most of the places on this list were started by artists looking for ways to exhibit art, support other emerging artists, and build community. Here’s the who, what, when, where and why on nine relatively new, unexpected places to see art:
August Studios is a large, renovated warehouse space including artist studios, a members clay studio, an exhibition gallery, and an event space for things like workshops and pop-up events. It’s run by Mark George, who has a background in fine art, architecture and woodworking. George curates exhibitions, and organizes creative workshops and events.
The space is decked out with wooden trusses and 22-foot-high ceilings, allowing for large installations and performances. The programming is focused on community and making art a viable business for artists. As George describes, “We work with artists we like as people as well as their art. We are still getting our feet under us with a more art- and experience-centric agenda; our previous year was largely focused on pop-up product-oriented events. We’re working towards an inclusive and diverse program for artists-in-residencies, non-profit run events, and outside curators working with marginalized or disenfranchised community members — we have space to offer.” George has already begun talking to some of his favourite artists in Vancouver, but is also eager to learn about those he doesn’t know. “I’ve recently seen the photography of Sara Gulamali and was blown away,” he says. Fun events so far have included a clothing repair night, woodworking workshops with George himself, and an ongoing collage night with collage artist Lydia Ceclia. Follow @august_studios for the latest.
1320 E Pender St.
Atelier 8.18 is a gallery in the home of artist, curator, and educator Kyla Bourgh, started in March 2021. Not only does it allow Bourgh to exhibit the art of her artist-friends, but she also gets to live with a regular rotation of it. Group exhibitions and creative events have been known to be held in the large outdoor space behind the building. All the art is for sale, with a goal of making art collecting easy and accessible. The Atelier is open to the public during the Opening and Finissage of an exhibition, or by appointment. The multi-talented Bourgh also runs a virtual crit club, providing an informal platform for artists from around the world to view and critique each other’s work in a supportive environment. Bourgh is currently preparing for a summer residency in France and will be raising funds through the Atelier’s next event, ‘Unknown Art Sale’, on June 25th from 1-4pm. Artwork ranges from $5-$500. Follow @atelier8.18 for more details on this and other events.
8 East 18th Ave.
4by4 on 5th
Started by artist James Koester, the 4by4 on 5th concept is simple: display art in four street-facing windows, change the installation every two weeks, and, in the words of Koester, “keep things fun, fast, fresh, flexible, and friendly.” Located at 234 East 5th Avenue, the concept began as a response to its rapidly gentrifying area and aims to provide an accessible space for artists to share their work and communicate their messages with passersby. There are no price tags in these display windows! Follow @4by4on5th to view an archive of exhibitions and to find out what’s next.
234 East 5th Ave.
YARD SPACE GALLERY
Heidi Holmes is an artist and the founder of Yard Space Gallery, a place for emerging and experimental practices, located in a private yard. Started in 2021, YSG provides space to exhibit art that is challenging to present in traditional gallery settings. To date, exhibitions have included ceramic art, audio and video installation, biodegradable work, and a baking performance. As YSG is unfunded and cannot pay for the creation of new artwork, it invites artists to reinvent existing artwork in new contexts. Holmes considers herself a custodian of the space and plans to pass on the role in the near future, allowing the space to evolve and develop to continue to serve its community. DM @yardspacegallery to book an appointment.
Collaboration and community are key to the innovative 560 Gallery, which combines an exhibition space with a high quality frame and print shop. The Gallery is led by Anna Kasko (pictured above) of KASKO Frame Works and John Goldsmith of PrintMaker Studio. Both are artists working in photography who started their respective companies in 2020 using the front portion of the shop as a gallery. In their own words: “560 Gallery is a locally-minded art space with an interest in exhibiting emerging and established artists. Our ambition is to use innovative approaches in the presentation of contemporary art while making art more accessible. We like to think of the gallery as a community oriented ‘third space’ and we seek fellow creatives to engage us and the local arts community.” Earlier this year, they launched Curated Editions, a limited edition print series co-curated by Kasko, Goldsmith, and Miret Rodriguez of Curated Tastes. Each month, they invite a different artist to create an art edition, with prints selling for $200 each. The current artist is Sandeep Johal, and past artists have included Christian Nicolay and Kirk Gower. The project will culminate in a group show at 560, displaying the first print of each edition. Kasko explains, “Our focus is with the underserved and underrepresented. We are also wanting emerging curators to come in and create shows to grow their experience in the field. We are seeking ways in allowing the community to grow within the fine arts by doing workshops, artist talks, studio rentals and by having the gallery!” Coming up is an exhibition by Emma Letho and Genevieve Dionne, opening on July 16th. Save the date!
560 Clark Drive
Since the beginning, Creative Director Shannon Pawliw of this Chinatown-based gallery has been referring to it as “this gallery”. The name stuck. Since Pawliw is herself a graphic designer and practicing artist, the branding concept for THIS Gallery came together easily. An exhibition space occupies the second floor, with room to host creative arts events like poetry readings, performances and workshops, and a studio and office space for Pawliw. The gallery is open to submissions from artists and the art on view is for sale (proceeds are split), allowing Pawliw to sustain the running of the gallery herself. In the future, she hopes to collaborate with neighbouring Carnegie Centre to bring arts programming to the centre. THIS Gallery, THIS residency, THIS workshop… THIS community. Buzz #227, Thursday to Sunday, 10AM-5PM.
475 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2T7
A beautifully designed boutique in the South Cambie area, with thoughtfully curated goods for you and your home, Cadine features its own clothing line, fine jewellery, leather goods, home goods, and fresh florals harvested from their design studio in Southlands. The second floor loft, which overlooks the store, is dedicated to rotating art exhibitions. Currently on view, through July 2nd, is an exhibition of botanical paintings by Andrea Simmonds. Past exhibiting artists include Alison Bane, Chelsea Hornsby, Jason York, and Holly Marie Armishaw. Co-founder Paula Yi says, “Cadine endeavours to curate thoughtful exhibitions of various art forms and disciplines, and facilitate a unique platform for open expression, bridging artists and art appreciators. The Cadine Gallery has become a destination for interior designers seeking original fine artwork for clients while also being a place where individuals serendipitously discover the ‘perfect piece’ for their space.” A few artists they would love to work with include Hermentaire, Yoko Kubrick, Nicotye Samayualie, Arnold Goron, and Sergio Roge. Follow @ShopCadine for information on new art exhibitions and events.
3345 Cambie St.
Located in the south east alley at Broadway and Quebec, started by artist Mark DeLong – a self-taught artist working in a range of media including sculpture, drawing, painting, and sequential art. I don’t know too much more, but DeLong’s a pretty cool artist with Canada-wide recognition! Follow along @peanuts_gallery_.
South East Alley at East Broadway and Quebec
UNDER MY DECK GALLERY
This is literally an exhibition space located under the back deck of settler artist/letterpress printer/amateur navigator Carly Butler’s home in Ucluelet. Inspired by other unconventional exhibition spaces around the world, Under My Deck Gallery started in 2021 in response to a lack of space for exhibiting experimental or installation art, including sound art. At my time of visit, there was art on display by Nuu-chah-nulth artist Hjalmer Wenstob, from Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations of Clayoquot Sound. Butler and Wenstob have also collaborated on an exhibition (it’s currently on view in Victoria, presented by the Victoria Arts Council) that interrogates the stories transmitted through their commonly held histories. As for what’s coming up next, Butler says she plans to build walls.
@umd_gallery for details.
This artwork is going to be on the moon 'for eternity' – CNN
Jafri’s work, “We Rise Together — By the Light of the Moon,” is scheduled to fly into space on a United Launch Alliance rocket powered by engines developed by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. The launch is scheduled to take place at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, in the first week of March.
The work is an engraving depicting a male and a female figure surrounded by 88 hearts.
“The original artwork was this beautiful heart motif. Two figures entwined, reconnecting and around them is blossoming flora, fauna,” explained Jafri. He says he wanted to capture “the unification of humanity through love and empathy” in his design.
“We Rise Together — By the Light of the Moon,” by Sacha Jafri. Credit: Selenian
For his canvas, a gold alloy was developed over two years to withstand the extreme environment on the lunar surface whilst keeping the artwork intact. But the piece isn’t intended only for extraterrestrial art lovers.
“When we land the physical work of art on the moon, a little beep sounds in the control room,” said Jafri. On that signal, 88 NFTs will be released for sale back on Earth.
Jafri plans to donate all proceeds to humanitarian charities. “I’m hoping to raise a huge amount of money for the four main charitable concerns of our world — health, education, sustainability, and equality,” he said.
A lunar lander will place the work in a crater known as Lacus Mortis (the Lake of Death) where it will remain “for eternity.” According to Jafri, the mission will take between five days and two weeks to reach the moon, depending on conditions.
Art on the ISS
In April last year, another Israeli artist, Liat Segal, and Yasmine Meroz, a physicist at Tel Aviv University, created an artwork that can only exist in space.
Making use of the lack of gravity in space, “Impossible Object” is a tiered structure of gold-colored metal tubes released water. On Earth the water would fall to the ground but in space it created floating elements around the sculpture.
It was activated as the ISS orbited at around 400 kilometers above the Earth. Meroz and Segal had predicted that the water might wrap around the structure, forming a liquid shell, but in practice it behaved quite differently, forming floating orbs.
“Impossible Object,” by Liat Segal and Yasmine Meroz. Credit: Eytan Stibbe and Rakia Art Mission (Ramon Foundation)
“We didn’t know what the dynamics of water will be in microgravity — what does a piece of water look like?” said Segal. “We’re used to filling our hands with water, filling vessels. In this case the water isn’t held by any vessel. It’s only held by this skeleton structure.”
As artists get creative in space, Segal anticipates innovation.
“Many technologies were developed as a result of the space race, to accommodate for a new physical reality,” Segal added. “Now art and culture can enter this new physical reality. It will force the creation of things that we cannot expect, that could not happen otherwise.”
Jafri is also enthused about the creative possibilities and believes private space missions will open up new opportunities for artists. “I think people are tapping into people’s obsession with space,” he said. “It’s a new market for the art world to tap into.”
Rich Russians’ Art Buying Is Target of US Crackdown on Trade-Sanction Cheats – BNN Bloomberg
(Bloomberg) — The US crackdown on trade-sanction violators is turning to the art world as authorities track down works bought or sold by ultra-rich Russian tycoons.
Through a series of subpoenas, federal prosecutors in New York are demanding high-end auction houses in the US turn over years of records as they seek to determine if art was smuggled offshore or if proceeds from sales were transferred illegally, according to a person familiar with the investigation.
Among those named in the subpoenas are sanctioned Russian tycoons Andrey Melnichenko, Viktor Vekselberg and Roman Abramovich, along with Ukrainian billionaire Ihor Kolomoisky, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t yet public. The records requested of auction houses include any previous dealings with the men, according to the person, who didn’t disclose all the companies that were served subpoenas.
Of the major auction houses contacted by Bloomberg, Christie’s International Plc said it “cooperates and complies fully with law enforcement as and when we are required to do so.” Phillips Auction House said it has measures in place “to ensure that no individual or institution targeted by sanctions are able to do business directly or indirectly through our salerooms.” Sotheby’s and Bonhams & Butterfields Auctioneers Corp. didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the US has expanded sanctions targeting Russian businessmen and companies with ties to Vladamir Putin. That’s led to seizures of luxury assets, from a yacht in the South Pacific to art work in a French gallery. The US Justice Department also plans to seize a Greenwich Village townhouse linked to Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska.
Read more: Art Seized at US Homes Part of Crackdown on Wealthy Russians
With its search of auction houses, the department is looking to track down “professional sanctions evaders” — people who help the wealthy avoid restrictions and launder money. This month, prosecutors charged two men, including a former FBI special agent, with aiding Deripaska and violating sanctions.
According to Georges Lederman, an attorney who specializes art crime and asset forfeiture cases, the crackdown has been the result of greater coordination between the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, which oversees the sanctions list, and prosecutors trying to stop money laundering.
“In the past if you violated a sanction, you got a big fine and then you had to implement a more sophisticated anti-money laundering program,” Lederman said. “But now, because of Russia sanctions and heightened awareness, there is a greater referral of money laundering prosecutions.”
In recent months, prosecutors in Manhattan have narrowed the focus of their inquiries, asking about specific artworks bought years ago, as well as some real estate, according to the person familiar with the matter. The probe is being led by the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York and the federal KleptoCapture task force, which was set up to police Russian sanctions. A spokesman for KleptoCapture declined to comment.
$50 Million Monet
Fertilizer tycoon Melnichenko, with a net worth estimated at $12.7 billion by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, is said to have purchased Monet’s “Le Bassin aux Nympheas” for 40.9 million pounds ($49.6 million) in 2009. Abramovich is Russia’s second-largest steelmaker and previously owned London’s Chelsea Football Club. His ex wife, Daria Zhukova, was a Russian art collector.
KleptoCapture’s lead prosecutor Andrew Adams told the NYC Bar Association in November that his team was focused on taking “assets off the table” before they could be moved to other jurisdictions.
One such alleged facilitator was UK businessman Graham Bonham-Carter, who was indicted in October and accused of trying to transfer artwork owned by Deripaska, who is under US sanctions. Using a shell company, Deripaska purchased 18 pieces of art at a New York auction in 2008, a decade before he was sanctioned, according to an indictment. The art works were kept in a New York storage facility until Bonham-Carter allegedly try to ship them out of the country in 2021.
Bonham-Carter is fighting extradition from the UK to the US to face charges.
In the wake of a 2020 Senate report on sanctions evasion in the art world, major auction houses and private sellers started including as a standard condition in contracts that the buyer or seller not be sanctioned or engaged in criminal activity, said Thomas C. Danziger, a New York-based attorney specializing in art law.
The leading auction houses have implemented voluntary anti-money laundering programs, but that may not be enough to prevent the true owners of art works from shielding themselves themselves behind webs of corporate structures or relatives.
“Putin’s banker is unlikely to walk into a gallery on Madison Avenue and buy a Picasso,” Danziger said.
©2023 Bloomberg L.P.
St. John's International Airport Unveils New Art Installation – VOCM
St. John’s International Airport has unveiled a brand new art installation to welcome arriving passengers.
The piece, Art Upon Arrival, includes 24 illustrations on eight structural columns in the arrivals area are adorned with brightly colored, graphic images that harken to all things St John’s such as food, plants, nature and music.
Artist Molly Margaret says after an extended period working on the project it’s fun to see public reaction to the piece.
— Gerri Lynn Mackey (@GerriLynnMackey) January 31, 2023
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