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News / November 14, 2016

40 Artists Announced for New Vancouver Triennial

Featuring painting, drawing, animation, ceramics, textiles, audio and installation, the exhibition will open at the Vancouver Art Gallery on December 3.
Alison Yip's site-specific mural <em>Gazebo</em> will be part of "Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures," opening December 3 at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Courtesy the artist and Monte Clark Gallery. Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery. Alison Yip's site-specific mural Gazebo will be part of "Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures," opening December 3 at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Courtesy the artist and Monte Clark Gallery. Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery.

The Vancouver Art Gallery has announced the 40 participating artists in its new triennial Vancouver Special.

The exhibition intends to offer a comprehensive survey of the city’s contemporary art scene and its shifts since the 2010 Winter Olympics.

The inaugural edition, “Ambivalent Pleasures,” is co-curated by Daina Augaitis, Vancouver Art Gallery’s chief curator/associate director, and guest curator Jesse McKee, head of strategy at 221A.

Featuring artworks ranging from painting, drawing, animation, ceramics, textiles, audio and installation, the exhibition will be on view at the Vancouver Art Gallery from December 3, 2016 to April 17, 2017.

“Vancouver Special echoes the archetypal housing style that was popular in Vancouver between the 1960s and 80s, and has been embraced again as an iconic symbol of the city,” said co-curators Daina Augaitis and Jesse McKee in a release. “The title of the inaugural exhibition within this new triennial format, Ambivalent Pleasures, points to the ever-present gap between where we are and where we’d like to be. The artworks in the exhibition offer many possibilities for visitors to negotiate today’s complex world and these works remind us to locate the pleasures in our own experiences of encountering, considering and navigating the pluralistic conditions of today’s city.”

Here are the 40 artists participating in the new triennial:

Derya Akay

Maya Beaudry

Raymond Boisjoly

Eli Bornowsky

Rebecca Brewer

Colleen Brown

Matt Browning

Mark Delong

Kim Dorland

Barry Doupé

Michael Drebert

Julia Feyrer

Jeneen Frei Njootli

Tamara Henderson

Colleen Heslin

Julian Hou

Allison Hrabluik

Gareth James

Garry Neill Kennedy

Tiziana La Melia

Khan Lee

Arvo Leo

Lyse Lemieux

Glenn Lewis

Anne Low

Elizabeth McIntosh

Jordan Milner

Antoni Oko

Ryan Peter

Sylvain Sailly

Rachelle Sawatsky

Walter Scott

Krista Belle Stewart

Angela Teng

Mina Totino

Ron Tran

Tristan Unrau

Charlene Vickers

Brent Wadden

Alison Yip