WNDW + chART: new WNDW gallery opening October 5th @ 2043 14th Ave W

I'm very pleased to announce an upcoming collaboration with chART, a public art collective working out of Oak Park Fieldhouse for the next WNDW gallery installation at 2043 w 14th Ave, Vancouver.

Migrations, featuring the work of emerging Vancouver-based sculptor Emily Neufeld and Tehran-based interdisciplinary artist Pegah Tabassinejad, runs from October 5th-19th, with an opening celebration and remarks from curator/project director Lexie Owen + Artist Emily Neufeld on October 5th from 6-9pm.

WHAT: WNDW: Emily Neufeld + Pegah Tabassinejad: Migrations
WHEN: Opening: October 5th 6 - 9pm (with remarks at 7:30)
WHEN: Exhibition: October 5th - 19th
WHERE: 2043 14th Ave w, Vancouver


more about Emily Neufeld

Layers of memory and traces of psychic history accumulate in particular domestic spaces, and Emily's work investigates that lived history through the dialogue between the materials she uses and the spaces she creates. The materials are building materials: concrete, drywall, wood, insulation and glass, as well as dirt. The way the materials interact -- the interplay of different physical textures as well as the associations they precipitate in the viewer's mind -- is very important to the work. Emily is also uses photographs in her artwork, often physically manipulating them to add a sculptural element to an otherwise two-dimensional object.

The work begs the questions: Can a space ever be empty? What fills the spaces between the walls? Where does the content of a house end? At the doorway? In the yard? In the prairie itself? Do some spaces look in while others look out?

Emily was born and raised in Alberta, but now lives and works in Vancouver. Her prairie roots run deep, though the West Coast seems better suited to her ideologies.

more about WNDW

WNDW is an itinerant gallery space that inhabits residential windows. The project aims to bring contemporary art out of self-selecting high culture areas placing it directly into the quotidian life of the residential street. It is also a capacity building project- supporting Vancouver’s emerging artists by providing them with an innovative space to display their work as well as supporting them financially through the payment of artist fees.

Since it's inception in 2015 WNDW has hosted five exhibitions in a variety of residential neighbourhoods around Vancouver, supporting the work of eight emerging artists including TJ McLaughlan, Christian Vistan, Jasmine Baetz, Helena Hsieh, Stefan Sollenius, Ana Carolina von Hertwig, Emily Neufeld and Pegah Tabassinejad.

WNDW is administered through the Park Board’s Fieldhouse Studio Residency program at Burrard View Park, where project director Lexie Owen is currently artist-in-residence.

more about Pegah Tabassinejad

Pegah Tabassinejad is an Interdisciplinary artist with interests in directing experimental performances, net performances and interactive installations. She holds MFA in Interdisciplinary Art at Simon Fraser University and BA in Stage Directing from the Art University in Tehran. She also studied contemporary dance and choreography in Paris at Conservatoire de la Danse.

Her research is mostly around the notion of ‘presence’ with focusing on Gilles Deleuze and Gilbert Simondon. Pegah believes that the boundaries between disparate forms of art are thin; they constantly interact, influence and impact each other. She is recently interested in creating more interdisciplinary projects. As a theatre artist, Pegah is heavily influenced by visual arts especially and is practicing to make her performances between these two disciplines. Influenced by this, she recently created a performance based on Ibsen’s A Doll’s House that was a four-hour durational piece that does and does not happen on the stage. It explored the gap between the virtual and the real, and investigated the absence within the two worlds. She recently had a virtual installation named ‘Monitoring [Tehran]’ at TADAEX04 ( Tehran Annual Digital Art Exhibition) that had been installed for 12 days, questioning what is the real presence of Tehran dwellers.

Pegah has also created several dance and theatre performances, including her internationally acclaimed performance, Charisma, which has been performed in Iran, Netherlands at Dancing on the Edge Festival and Canada at Push Festival/ Push Off.

more about chART

chART Public Art is a long term research partnership between the community of Marpole and Emily Carr University of Art + Design. The project aims to support public art and community engagement through creativity and innovation. The research focuses on the sustainable cultural, environmental, social, and economic impact of public art within a community.

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