30th Anniversary Kick-Off Party
Thursday Aug 28th
6:30-8:30 | Free to the public.
You’re invited to grunt gallery on Thursday, August 28th for a cake-cutting event that will kick off grunt’s year-long 30th Anniversary celebrations! The event takes place at grunt and the adjoining Amenity Space. We will cut the cake at 7:15pm. We will serve wine and iced tea, this event is family friendly and you’re encouraged to bring your little ones to the event. The party is also dog-friendly.
Artist Sola Fiedler will have her Vancouver tapestry on view in the Amenity Space. Sola produced this work in her studio at Main Space over the last few years. This monumental work is truly spectacular and representative of the important work that happens regularly in our builidng. Whether you’re an old friend of grunt or a new one, we want to celebrate this momentous time with you.
No need to RSVP. Come one, come all, and invite your friends.
Social Objects (Sonny Assu and Lorna Brown)
Artist Sonny Assu has designed a series of custom ovoid-shaped coasters that riff on Main Street’s cultural aesthetic. Artist Lorna Brown has created a poetic design for grunt gallery’s growlers, the work refers to returning from where one begins – recognizing the return of Brew Pubs to Brewery Creek. Both are limited editions and will be available for sale at grunt gallery or can be found at various restaurants and businesses along Main Street.
Another edition includes placemats that map a cultural history of Mount Pleasant. The placemats refer to local culture-makers and the importance of remembering a diverse range of cultural venues that are still existing or have since disappeared. The placemats project is in partnership with the Mount Pleasant Historical Society and the Mount Pleasant BIA.
Take a look at them here.
Saturday Oct 11th @ The Anza Club
7pm-1am | Ticket-based event.
Save the date for a grunt gallery celebration featuring local musicians, DJ, and artists. Let’s get together and celebrate 30 years!
Event info here.
Julia Feyrer: The Kitchen
A new media installation commission by artist Julia Feyrer uses material from the archives to re-envision the grunt Kitchen – a former meeting ground and social space at that has transformed over the past 30 years.
Event info here.
A special invite-only event for grunt’s founders.
The release of an beautifully reflective eBook publication that features a selection of written texts and essay’s that span three decades at grunt gallery. Edited by Hillary Wood and Audrey MacDonald; Produced and designed by Renee Mok.
30th Video Project Launch
Curated by Alex Pimm. grunt gallery releases performance video’s from our archives over the next 12 months. The video’s will be released on social media. Keep an eye out for future screening events at grunt gallery!
FutureLoss by Zoe Kreye
Project dates: January 1st – April 30th, 2015
Publication launch and exhibition: Fall/ Winter 2015
Is there a corner where you can feel the change?
Hold this heavy until the weight grows warm.
Is this how we create an artifact we can preserve?
grunt gallery’s 30th anniversary year is about revisiting histories, and acknowledging the unique mix of influences that have shaped us as an institution. The social life of our neighbourhood figures large, and this year we feature projects that extend into the community, and artists who work in and through the networks of relationships surrounding us. Vancouver-based artist Zoe Kreye’s practice has consistently engaged with these (often intangible) elements of social interaction, and her project addresses a defining aspect of the Main Street corridor: change.
FutureLoss, as the name suggests, anticipates a state of longing. This state – related to the inevitability of loss – has no clear sensibility, but underpins so much in our affective and cultural lives: melancholy, nostalgia, memory, love.
Over the course of 12 weeks, the artist will engage directly with shop owners, organizers and residents in discussions around what it means to hold space in a shifting landscape. Space, on this strip and in this city, is currency, and Kreye’s practice reaches through the overarching narratives of real estate, gentrification and speculation to consider the poetics of an individual’s connection to place. What bodies exist here? What corners? And in between these – what would the absence of one or the other look like?
Kreye’s practice quietly proliferates: she will meet with participants in their own spaces, and work with them to create discrete objects and impressions in plaster. These works–abstract, raw, wrinkled, angular–will be combined to form a collective sculptural utterance, a statement from the community that is both abstract and earnest. Not quite documentary, but certainly infused with real bodies and things, FutureLoss is a portrait of this neighbourhood, the spaces between our sense of connection, and the certainty of change.
A publication will accompany this project, with an exhibition and launch in late 2015. Find project updates at futureloss.ca
Art is social. For more on grunt’s 30th anniversary, and the future, visit grunt.ca.
Event info here.