Eraser Street

Eraser Street Hubris, Humility and Humanity in the Making of a City! is an exhibition that mixes Robideau’s newest and oldest photographs of moments, milestones and monuments in Vancouver, tracing the character of the city and its residents during the last 40 years of non-stop growth. The work reflects upon the quality of life in Vancouver, the value of heritage, the economic engine of development, homelessness and the voice of the people. Robideau’s holographic satirical text charts history while critiquing the forces of government and commerce that have had a hand in shaping our urban environment.

Handmade black and white gelatin silver photographs are juxtaposed with computer mediated digital inkjet prints, reinforcing the flux of change experienced in these images. Robideau’s narrative embraces a lament for what has been lost, a celebration for what has survived, and an admonition for the future of a city still in its infancy.

Join us on Thursday April 9 from 7pm – 10pm for the opening reception of Eraser Street. There will be a forthcoming publication with an essay written by Clint Burnham. The exhibition runs from April 9 to May 16, 2015.



An Evening in the Archive with Henri Robideau: A fundraiser for the grunt Archive
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Drinks at 6:30 pm, Dinner at 7:30 pm | Ticket Info:

Roundtable on Housing and photography in Vancouver: Henri Robideau
Saturday, May 9, 2015  (1–4pm) at grunt gallery. | FULL EVENT INFO.
facilitated by Clint Burnham

Audrey Siegl
Wendy Pedersen
Lorna Brown
Eugene McCann
Jeff Derksen
Henri Robideau
Clint Burnham

Press Clippings:

Georgia Straight | Henri Robideau’s Eraser Street tackles displacement

grunt gallery gratefully acknowledges support from the Hamber Foundation towards this exhibition and catalogue. The artist would like to thank CUPE 15 for supporting the production of the Solidarity Era series. An additional thanks to the BC Arts Council for the project funding making this exhibition possible.


Artist Bio:

Henri Robideau is a photographer and cultural narrator. His life in photography spans nearly five decades – the medium providing both his profession and his means of artistic expression. He is best known for The Pancanadienne Gianthropological Survey, a two-decade record of eccentric Canadian landmarks; Flapjacks & Photographs, the biography of early British Columbia photographer Mattie Gunterman; and 500 Fun Years, the story of colonialism. Panoramic image collages, holographic text and narrative sequences are the hallmarks of his work, which has been exhibited and collected nationally and internationally. Since 1979, he has taught photography in half a dozen Canadian universities and is currently a sessional instructor at Emily Carr University. For the past twenty years his large format photographic skills have been in demand by Canada’s leading artists, whom he has assisted in the production of their work. He is currently exploring digital colour technology, alternative means of perpetual photographic presentation and writing anecdotal stories about the ironic tragedy of human existence.

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Eraser Street Talk

Exhibition Info | Facebook Event

Visit grunt gallery on Saturday May 9 from 1–4pm for a roundtable on housing and photography in Vancouver. This talk occurs in relation to Henri Robideau’s Eraser Street, currently showing at grunt gallery.

Eraser Street – Hubris, Humility and Humanity in the Making of a City! is an exhibition that mixes Robideau’s newest and oldest photographs of moments, milestones and monuments in Vancouver, tracing the character of the city and its residents during the last 40 years of non-stop growth. The work reflects upon the quality of life in Vancouver, the value of heritage, the economic engine of development, homelessness and the voice of the people. Robideau’s holographic satirical text charts history while critiquing the forces of government and commerce that have had a hand in shaping our urban environment.

Participants in the roundtable include Audrey Siegl, Wendy Pedersen, Lorna Brown, Eugene McCann, Jeff Derksen, Henri Robideau and Clint Burnham. The event will be facilitated by Clint Burnham and is free to the public.

Read the exhibition essay:
Henri Robideau: the Photography of Dispossession
Written by Clint Burnham

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AUDREY SIEGL (sχłemtəna:t in her ancestral name) is a Musqueam activist. She ran as a candidate for Vancouver city council for COPE in the November, 2014 municipal elections, and was active in supporting the Oppenheimer Park tent city. She lives on traditional Musqueam territory at the mouth of the Fraser River and works with the language and cultural department to revitalize the hən̓q̓əmin̓language. Siegl was also active in the Idle No More movement and in organizing the protection of the c̓əsnaʔəm (Marpole Midden) in 2012.

WENDY PEDERSEN is a well-known community organizer who has lived in the Downtown Eastside for more than twenty years. Formerly involved in the Carnegie Community Action Project, she has been part of protests and organizing of residents around the Pidgin restaurant, the Chinatown Height restrictions, DTES gentrification, the Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan (DLAP), and in support of the Oppenheimer Park tent city.

LORNA BROWN is a Vancouver artist and curator who has been producing work for the past 30 years. Active in the Association for Non-Commercial Culture in the 1980s and ‘90s, she was curator of Artspeak from 1999 to 2004. Her curatorial projects include Set Project, a series of exhibitions, performances, and events focusing on rehearsal and re-enactment in contemporary culture, and she was the project curator for Group Search: art in the library, a series of site-specific artists’ projects in the spaces and systems of the Vancouver Public Library (2006-2008). Brown’s art has been exhibited and collected locally and nationally, and since 2009 she has been on the board of Other Sights, a public art initiative, for whom she co-curated (with Clint Burnham) the Digital Natives project in 2011.

EUGENE MCCANN is an associate professor in the Geography Department at SFU. His research interests focus on urban drug policy, urban policy mobilities, urban development and urban politics, and the relationships between urbanization and globalization. Recent and forthcoming publications include Urban Geography: A Critical Introduction (co-ed. with Jonas, A. E. G., & Thomas, M, Wiley-Blackwell), and, with Miewald, C., “Foodscapes and the Geographies of Poverty: Sustenance, Strategy, and Politics in an Urban Neighborhood” (Antipode, Vol 46, Issue 2).

JEFF DERKSEN is an associate professor in the English Department at SFU. His areas of special interest are national cultures and the role of the state in the era of globalization; cultural imperialism and the politics of aesthetics; the poetry and poetics of globalized cities; the emergent global cultural front; culture and gentrification in global-urban spaces; architecture and urbanism; cultural poetics, cultural studies, and cultural geography. Recent publications include The Vestiges (Talonbooks) and After Euphoria (JRP Ringier/ECUAD).

HENRI ROBIDEAU ( is a Vancouver artist and photographer who has been exhibiting locally, nationally, and internationally since 1970. His work has appeared in group and solo exhibitions in Vancouver, Comox, Kelowna, Quebec, York (UK), Washington, Paris, and Mexico City, and is in collections in Houston (Museum of Fine Arts), Ottawa (National Gallery), Seattle (Seattle Art Commission), Surrey (Surrey Art Gallery), Vancouver (Vancouver Art Gallery), and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, among others.

CLINT BURNHAM teaches in the English Department at Simon Fraser University and has written the catalogue essay “Henri Robideau: the Photography of Dispossession,” which accompanies this exhibition. He is presently writing books on Slavoj Žižek and digital culture and on Fredric Jameson and Wolf of Wall Street. His essays on art have recently been published by the Kunsthalle Wien and on In the winter of 2014-15 he completed a residency with the Urban Subjects collective in Vienna.

——- Exhibition Essay: ——-
Henri Robideau: the Photography of Dispossession
Written by Clint Burnham

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grunt archives: attachments

Vancouver Independent Archives Week 2015 wraps…more to come soon.

A big thank you to Vancouver Foundation, VIVO, the Western Front, all the artists and presenters, volunteers, and everyone else who helped make Vancouver Independent Archives Week 2015 a big success, and a special shout out to everyone who came out for an event or two or six this week. We are very pleased by and proud of the diverse audience that places value in our archives. Stay tuned to this page for more news from the grunt Archives including what we are planning for VIAW 2016 ;~)


Still from the launch of the Western Front’s newly digitized Literary Collection.


Installation of Stacey Ho’s audio piece: A few ways to learn a couple things at VIVO.

Double Book Launch featuring Henri Robideau’s Eraser Street and Ethnographic Terminalia’s Terminus: Archives, Ephemera, and Electronic Art e-zine for Vancouver Independent Archives Week 2015

6pm Wednesday November 25th at grunt gallery

grunt is pleased to release Henri Robideau’s newest book Eraser Street: Hubris, Humility, and Humanity in the Making of a City, the catalogue for his exhibition of the same name earlier this year, featuring an essay written by Clint Burnham. Books will be for sale and the artist will be in attendance.

“Viewing Henri’s work is like taking a walk through Vancouver with an old master pointing out the sights of the city. Many are sites of resistance that show the struggle for affordable housing that has been increasingly lost over the last 40 years. The hand-written commentaries tell it all as they lay out with no holds barred the movement from the 1970s hippies to the present day hipsters steadfastly fighting to protect their communities from the onslaught of redevelopment”

Glenn Alteen, Curator’s Introduction

Henri has been photographing exhibitions at grunt for years and the archive is rich with his documentation work. Through his lens he has told the story of the grunt’s exhibition history along with so many other stories of Vancouver.


Henri Robideau is a photographer and cultural narrator. His life in photography spans nearly five decades – the medium providing both his profession and his means of artistic expression. He is best known for The Pancanadienne Gianthropological Survey, a two-decade record of eccentric Canadian landmarks; Flapjacks & Photographs, the biography of early British Columbia photographer Mattie Gunterman; and 500 Fun Years, the story of colonialism. Panoramic image collages, holographic text and narrative sequences are the hallmarks of his work, which has been exhibited and collected nationally and internationally. Since 1979, he has taught photography in half a dozen Canadian universities and is currently a sessional instructor at Emily Carr University. For the past twenty years his large format photographic skills have been in demand by Canada’s leading artists, whom he has assisted in the production of their work. He is currently exploring digital colour technology, alternative means of perpetual photographic presentation and writing anecdotal stories about the ironic tragedy of human existence.

grunt is also excited to launch the e-zine version of Ethnographic Terminalia’s Terminus: Archives, Ephemera, and Electronic Art. Produced in print following the workshop of the same name at VIVO Media Arts during ISEA 2015Terminus documents the presentations and collaborative process of attendants responding to electronic art works and theoretical frameworks that disrupt material, figurative, discursive, cultural, and political manifestations of the archive.


The workshop featured a presentation by Britt Galpen and Yasmin Nurming-Por in collaboration with grunt gallery’s Tarah Hogue on the concurrent exhibition Arctic Noise by artist Geronimo Inutiq, whose work tapped into the Isuma Archive as a means of responding to Glenn Gould’s celebrated composition “The Idea of North”.

Also presenting was Gabriela Aceves Sepúlveda speaking on her video piece Remdiating Mama Pina’s Cookbook which is screening in grunt’s Media Lab all week. Also in conjunction with Vancouver Independent Archvies Week, Gabriela will appear on the Artists in the Archive panel on Thursday November 26th, 7pm at the Western Front.

Kate Hennessy and Trudi Lynn Smith from Ethnographic Terminalia will be in attendance, along with Tarah Hogue.

Ethnographic Terminalia is a curatorial collective grounded in a commitment to pushing the boundaries of anthropological scholarship and contemporary art through interdisciplinary exhibitions. Since 2009 we have been curating group exhibitions in major North American cities (Philadelphia, New Orleans, Montréal, San Francisco, New York, and Chicago). These projects demonstrate how contemporary artists, anthropologists, and institutions are engaging with ethnographic methodologies and art. The majority of the exhibitions have been mounted as ‘para-sites’ or ‘off-site installations’ to the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association. They have facilitated and championed works that explore new media, new locations, and new methods in anthropology and cultural studies. The collective has worked with more than 110 artists and anthropologists to date, generating ongoing creative collaboration between anthropological researchers and practicing artists. Our exhibitions and the works in them have been widely reviewed and publicized in both discipline-specific journals and the popular press.

Volunteer Spotlight: Mallory Gemmel

One of the great things about working in the grunt archive is meeting the sharp and curious folks who come to research and volunteer their time with our collection. Mallory Gemmel is a 4th year Photography/Curatorial Studies student at Emily Carr who has been completing an internship in the archives this fall. She has been digitizing slides, prints, and text material and uploading it to our online archives database The Activation Map. Mallory wrote this reflective piece after coming across an exhibition that really spoke to her, Anna Banana’s Bananapost: 20 Years of Fooling Around with A. Banana (1990):

postbanana at grunt: 20-45 Years of Fooling around with A. Banana

Mallory Gemmel        

With a rich history and an organic and intuitive attitude, grunt has existed and remained as a space devoted to the arts community in Vancouver – expanding its arms to artists, curators, historians, archivists, students and many more. To an individual with keen interest of stepping into the community, the grunt’s life is unique, and it is rewarding to experience firsthand the three-decade continuum of contribution to Vancouver’s art identity.

Volunteering over the past weeks, I have had the opportunity to search and discover the vibrancy of the grunt’s archive, as a part of their Activating the Archive initiative. The project aims to digitize material from the archive and upload this content to their online database The Activation Map, increasing the access to information on past exhibitions and events to the public.

Sifting through documents, photographs, slides and publications I have been exposed to the work and collaborations of countless artists.

An artist whose work I have been digitizing and uploading since the coming to grunt is Anna Banana. Born in Victoria in 1940, Anna Long is a conceptual mail and performance artist under the alter ego of Anna Banana – a woman fascinated by bananas. Her work pokes fun at cultural phenomena, incorporating both performance and mail art (stamps, postcards, trading cards) that blurs the line between performer/audience and performance/ real life.

In February of 1990 grunt held an exhibition of Banana’s work, entitled Bananapost: 20 Years of Fooling Around with A. Banana. The whimsical show consisted of an accumulation of Banana’s visual work: stamps, drawings, paintings and collage. Alongside this material she conducted sound performances and introduced video documentation of her 1975 and 1980 Banana Olympics. The show also included documentation of her many publications: The Banana Rag, VILE Magazine and International Art Post to name a few. At the time, her presence as a mail artist was internationally recognized. She was interested in using the stamp as an art form and created a limited edition stamp sheet and book for the retrospective at grunt.

grunt’s archive is proof of the vitality of art within Vancouver, both in the past and today. Calling up reference to new work, the archive holds documentation of artists who are thriving and very much engaged within the community. Anna Banana is currently exhibiting another retrospective at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in collaboration with Open Space entitled, appropriately enough, 45 Years of Fooling around with A. Banana.

This living and growing connection that grunt and it’s archive has to the present life of the artistic community was something I was unaware of when I began working in the space. Searching through numerous shows, names, and work, Anna Banana is only one example of a name I came across both in the archive as well as daily discussion with the individuals at the gallery. It is exciting and encouraging seeing that past efforts of community and artistic engagement continue to fortify the contemporary art scene, knowing archival materials will continue to hold purpose and importance within the understanding and production of art.

I am excited and eager to continue to explore the contents of the grunt’s archive – the entirety of its holdings, and its overall distinction as a well-respected center for art within Vancouver.


If you are interested in researching in the grunt archives or would like to find out more about volunteering, please get in touch

 Dr. Gabriela Aceves Sepúlveda at Vancouver Independent Archives Week 2015

grunt gallery is pleased to present Gabriela Aceves Sepúlveda, Assistant Professor at SFU’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Vancouver Independent Archives Week.

Dr. Sepúlveda will be presenting as part of the Artists in the Archive panel, hosted by the Western Front on Thursday November 26th at 7pm.

Archives at artist-run centres are a unique resource for artists and the community at large. Indispensable as sites for engagement with histories, they also offer space for creativity and new productions. “Artists in the Archive” will feature presentations by artists who are actively working with archives. Discussions will be aimed at linking the actions and strategies of artist-run centres, who have made significant strides to maintain their archive, with the ongoing work of artists who rely on the preservation of these vulnerable materials.

grunt will be exhibiting her piece Remediating Mama Pina’s Cookbook in our Media Lab from Saturday November 21st through Saturday November 28th. Drop by anytime we are open (Tues-Sat 12pm-5pm) to have a look.

In addition, grunt will be hosting a double book launch on Wednesday November 25th at 6pm for Henri Robideau’s Eraser Street and Ethnographic Terminalia’s e-zine Terminus: Archives, Ephemera, and Electronic Art, the output from their workshop at VIVO in August during ISEA 2015. Dr. Sepúlveda was a presenter at the workshop and her work is featured in the e-zine.



Vancouver Independent Archives Week 2015 publication 

The Western Front, VIVO Media Arts, and grunt gallery have collaborated on a special publication for Archives Week. Pick up your copy at any of the Archives Week events listed within and enjoy the intangible version in the meantime.

grunt gallery and the Native Education College present Dr. Kristin L. Dowell at Vancouver Independent Archives Week Monday November 23rd.


Dr. Kristin L. Dowell will share her presentation Artist-Run Archives/Indigenous Art Histories at the Native Education College, Monday November 23rd, 12PM.

Over the last two years I have embarked on research in the grunt gallery’s archive to explore the vital role of this artist-run centre in supporting the creation and exhibition of contemporary First Nations art. Social memory, cultural protocols, radical voices, and a range of First Nations contemporary art practices emerge, composing vibrant Indigenous art histories that serve as alternatives to dominant narratives about Vancouver’s art world. In this talk I will share several examples uncovered in my research that reveal the invaluable resource of the grunt gallery’s archives for understanding the impact of contemporary First Nations art within this artist-run centre and the contributions this rich archive makes to a deeper knowledge of Canadian art practice.

grunt is excited to have Dr. Dowell back in Vancouver and to partner with the Native Education College for this event. More Archives Week events and details to come soon.

Dr. Kristin Dowell is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Florida State University whose research explores the intersections of media technology, artistic practice and activism for Indigenous rights and social justice.  A Fulbright Scholar, she received her PhD in cultural anthropology with a certificate in Culture and Media from New York University in 2006.  For the last fourteen years she has engaged in collaborative community based research with Aboriginal filmmakers, artists and activists in Vancouver, Canada. She is the author ofSovereign Screens: Aboriginal Media on the Canadian West Coast (2013) an ethnography of Aboriginal visual sovereignty through on-screen film aesthetics and off-screen production practices. Her articles have appeared in the journals American Anthropologist, Anthropologica, and Transformations and in edited volumes, including Native Art of the Northwest Coast: A History of Changing Ideas, winner of the 2015 Canada Prize in the Humanities.  She is currently working on a research project that explores the social history and contemporary practice of Aboriginal experimental film and media art in Canada.

 grunt gallery, Western Front and VIVO Media Arts Centre are excited to host an inaugural Independent Archives Week from November 22–28, 2015.


This week will contain interactive programming to engage the Vancouver community and raise awareness with artist-run centre archives. Tours, performances, public talks, screenings, publications and hands-on youth & family archive workshops will be a part of the activities planned.

Vancouver artists have a long and recognized history as cultural innovators, activists and archivists – their work, preserved in the distinct collections of the participating centres has captured moments in Vancouver’s cultural evolution, while at the same time often becoming a catalyst for societal change. Archival collections, at ARCs, provide a unique “grassroots” window into the alternative and social histories that shaped our city (urban Aboriginal, visible minority, LGBTQ, feminist, social justice, environmental, “counter-cultural”) – as seen through the lens of our artists as observers and commentors. Our project emphasizes these relationships between contemporary culture and social movements (and how they spur social change), draw attention to shared experiences/struggles across communities that are diverse in age, ethnic background, sexual orientation, and gender.

The distinct curatorial focus of each participating centre makes each of these collections unique – it is these differences that will be celebrated through programming that increases public access to these archives. Our current digital age has made us all into our personal “archivists” and “curators” – selecting and preserving photos, video and text that inspire and motivate us. Archives week will connect residents to a greater collective community/art heritage.

More info to come.

DIG Revisited | Posted September 28, 2015
Written by Dan Pon

The idea for Vancouver Independent Archives Week began in December 2014, with a Saturday afternoon of presentations and discussions called DIG, showcasing recent projects around grunt’s and other artists’ archives and inviting participants to tour the grunt archives and enjoy refreshments in grunt’s kitchen. Despite some nasty weather, folks trickled in and by mid afternoon we had a full house in the gallery’s neighbouring amenity space.IMGP0004

Starting things off with a short performance, Igor Santizo and Emilio Rojas gave a talk on their May 2013 project ThisPlace Vancouver, a piece that they, along with fellow artist Guadalupe Martinez, conceived of as a response to Background / Vancouver, a 1972 photo mapping expedition of the city done by Michael de Courcy, Taki Bluesinger, Gerry Gilbert, and Glenn Lewis. ThisPlace culminated in an exhibition at grunt and a companion website that includes a link to the original Background / Vancouver site.

In advance of the massive Mainstreeters exhibition at the Satellite Gallery that would open a month later, project co-curator Allison Collins gave DIG attendees a sneak preview of digitized material from artist Paul Wong and his peers’ personal archives that told the story of a group of friends coming of age in East Van in the 70s, the origins of the Main Street art/bohemian scene, and Wong’s rise to art stardom. Allison’s insights and anecdotes on her and Michael Turner’s research and curatorial process made for an engaging behind the scenes look at the work that went into this rich retrospective. You can check out the Mainstreeters project site and video documentary here.

Finally, artist Julia Feyrer spoke on her ongoing residency project Kitchen. Curated by Vanessa Kwan as part of grunt’s 30th Anniversary programming, Kitchen reimagined the grunt kitchen prior to its renovation into our Media Lab space. Once the center of social life at grunt, the kitchen was reconstructed in the gallery space from archival photos, stories and ephemera, and reactivated with a series of workshops, curatorial texts by Vanessa, and, of course, Julia’s own spin on grunt’s annual solstice party that included the now infamous falling man stunt. More info on Kitchen here.

DIG was a great event, but we knew we had to do it bigger and better in 2015, so this November we are partnering with our longtime contemporaries VIVO Media Arts and the Western Front to bring you a full week’s worth of archive programming. We look forward to seeing you there.

Dan Pon
grunt archives




Sept 23, 2015: WestEnder Article | grunt gallery Throws Open the Archives

Dan Toulgoet photo

“Because the nature of our collections is so different, we’re all doing it very differently. It’s an interesting conversation going on between these three spaces,” explains grunt co-founder and program director Glenn Alteen. “Their emphasis is on saving, because so much of their stuff is from the ‘70s and has become very brittle, whereas our stuff is more from the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, so we’re not on that same salvage paradigm.”

Funded by a Field of Interest grant from The Vancouver Foundation, all three centres will present programming throughout the week of Nov. 22-28 with the goal of engaging the public and raising awareness around the operation and challenges that come with these types of non-traditional art archives.

“The archives become more and more important as time goes on,” says Alteen. “It’s really kind of the crux of what we do, because it allows us to make connections over decades.”

Read the entire article here.

July 24, 2015 | Funding Announcement for Archives Week

Central Vestiges by Tom Knott, May 1988

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An Evening in the Archive with Henri Robideau

An Evening in the Archive with Henri Robideau
A Fundraiser for the grunt Archive

Saturday April 25, 2015

at grunt gallery
Drinks at 6:30 pm, Dinner at 7:30 pm
Tickets: $50 | Purchase Tickets here.

You are cordially invited to grunt gallery’s “An Evening in the Archive with Henri Robideau,” a tribute to Henri’s work as a photographer over the past 45 years with special emphasis on his focus on history and the archive. Our fundraising tribute and dinner will coincide with and celebrate Henri’s upcoming exhibition, Eraser Street – Hubris, Humility and Humanity in the Making of a City!, running from April 9 to May 16. Marian Penner Bancroft will speak about Henri’s contributions, as an artist, to Vancouver. Please join us for this special dinner where a selection of digitized videos from our archives, produced for our 30th anniversary, will also be screened.

Over the past five years, grunt gallery has focused on developing its archive and archival projects such as Robideau’s Eraser Street and the recent MAINSTREETERS – Taking Advantage, 1972 – 1982. Since 2010, our special initiative—“Activating the Archives”—has released archival materials in the context of new curatorial projects, commissions, and scholarship, working to create sites such as Ruins in Process–Vancouver Art in the 60’s (2009); ATA – Activating the Archive (2012); Ghostkeeper (2012), celebrating the digital and performance work of Ahasiw Maskegon Iskwew; and Background/ThisPlace (2013).

This fundraiser will focus on grunt gallery’s archival activities and the importance of producing work based in or around archival research. “An Evening in the Archive with Henri Robideau” is  the first of several events highlighting our archive—and other archives—celebrating the work being produced by artists engaged with archives throughout the city.

There will be opportunities to donate to specific programs and projects related to our archive. We look forward to telling you about our upcoming initiatives. grunt’s Archivist, Dan Pon, will be available to present a tour of the archive and share some of his recent initiatives.

For more information contact Karlene Harvey at

grunt gallery | 604-875-9516
116 – 350 East 2nd Ave, Vancouver, BC, V5T 4R8


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After Hours – Photo Exhibit @ Mainspace

CAPIC (Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators) presents- “After Hours”- a photo exhibit showcasing what professional commercial photographers enjoy photographing during their own personal time. A juried exhibit for our members with the mandate: What is your secret passion? What is it you  photograph when you are free to photograph whatever you want?

Organizations Mandate
CAPIC Vancouver is a chapter of the National organization that is the collective voice and advocate for professional photographers, illustrators and digital artists
in Canada. We work hard to maintain industry standards, create a community, fight for copyright protection, and much more. Our work helps all the professionals in our industry. As a professional association, CAPIC’s mission is to promote quality and creativity as well as good business practices. CAPIC continues it’s efforts to support image creators through the creation of resources such as fee schedules and business practice surveys which are designed as a necessary reference for any Illustrator or Photographer getting started in the Industry.

Name and Address of Venue
Mainspace Gallery
350 East 2nd Ave, Vancouver, BC

Date and Time
Opening Reception is April 9 from 7-10 pm the the show will be open 12-5 April
10, 11, 12. please enter through the grunt gallery next door.

This exhibition coincides with Eraser Street by Henri Robideau at grunt gallery. 

Organization or Event website

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Past Exhibitions

pi’tawkewaq | our people up river
March 5th to April 11, 2020
Artist: Meagan Musseau
Curator: Laurie White

January 10 to February 22, 2020
Artist: Couzyn van Heuvelen
Curator: Ryan Rice

a sentimental dissidence
November 1st to December 14, 2019
Artist: Gabi Dao
Curator: Vanessa Kwan

a study in restraint, nanlaban
September 6 to October 19, 2019
Artist: Anton Cu Unjieng
Curator: Glenn Alteen

nindinawemaganidog (all of my relations)
July 2 – August 3, 2019
Artist: Rebecca Belmore
Curator: Glenn Alteen
May 10 – June 22nd, 2019
Artists: Sejin Kim & Inyoung Yeo
Curator: Vanessa Kwan

An Exploration of Resilience and Resistance
March 15 – April 22nd, 2019
Artist: Kali Spitzer
Curator: Glenn Alteen

March 5, 1819
March 5 – March 5th, 2019
Artist: Rebecca Belmore
Curator: Glenn Alteen

Strident Aesthetic: Towards a New Liberation
January 10 – March 2nd, 2019
Artist: Carlos Colín
Curator: Glenn Alteen

2068: Touch Change
November 2 – December 16th, 2018
Artist: Syrus Marcus Ware
Curator: Vanessa Kwan

Woven Work From Near Here
September 7 – October 20, 2018
Artists: Debra Sparrow (θəliχʷəlʷət), Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, Hank Bull, Jovencio de la Paz, Kerri Reid, Matt Browning, Melvin Williams, and Merritt Johnson.

March of the Monarch Public Performance
August 30, 2018
Artist: David Khang

The Blue Cabin Exhibition | Jeremy & Sus Borsos
June 15 – July 28, 2018

Motion Within Motion | Azadeh Emadi
May 2 – May 12, 2018

Requiem for Mirrors and Tigers | Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa
February 22 – April 21, 2018

Ghost Spring | Derya Akay, Dilara Akay
January 5 – February 17, 2018

2167, An Indigenous VR Project | Danis Goulet, Kent Monkman, Scott Benesiinaabandan and  Postcommodity
December 19 – 21, 2017

You won’t solve the problem with an air freshener | Dominique Pétrin
October 27 – December 9, 2017

Technical Problem | Aileen Bahmanipour
September 8 – October 14, 2017

UNGALAQ (When Stakes Come Loose) | Maureen Gruben
June 9 – July 29, 2017

Contingent Bodies | Brigitta Kocsis
March 3 – April 15, 2017

Three Cities: Prayer and Protest | Mere Phantoms (Maya Ersan and Jaimie Robson)
January 13 – February 18, 2017

#callresponse | Christi Belcourt and Isaac Murdoch, Maria Hupfield, IV Castellanos and Esther Neff, Ursula Johnson, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Tania Willard, Marcia Crosby, Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory, Tanya Tagaq
October 29 – December 10, 2016

Tomorrow, Tomorrow. | Mark Hall-Patch
September 8 – October 15, 2016

Four Faces of the Moon | Amanda Strong
July 22 – August 20, 2016

High Kicks into the Light Forever and Ever and Ever | Elizabeth Milton
May 27 – June 25, 2016

análekta | Merle Addison
April 7 – May 8, 2016

Sausage Factory | Weronika Stepien and Stephen Wichuk
Feb 25 – Apr 2, 2016

Remote Viewing | Noxious Sector
8 Jan – 13 Feb 2016

FutureLoss | Zoe Kreye
3 December – 19 December 2015

Génération Sacrifiée | Sayah Sarfaraz
22 October – 28 November 2015

Remediating Mama Pina’s Cookbook | Gabriela Aceves Sepúlveda
23 November – 28 November 2015

Catastrophe, Memory, Reconciliation | Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo
10 September – 10 October 2015

ARCTICNOISE | Geronimo Inutiq (madeskimo)
Guest curated by Yasmin Nurming-Por and Britt Gallpen.
Produced in conjunction with ISEA.
5 August – 22 August 2015

Diptychs | Mark Igloliorte
4 June – 18 July 2015

Eraser Street | Henri Robideau
9 April – 16 May 2015

MAINSTREETERS: Taking Advantage, 1972-1982 | Kenneth Fletcher, Deborah Fong, Carol Hackett, Marlene MacGregor, Annastacia McDonald, Charles Rea, Jeanette Reinhardt and Paul Wong
Off-site exhibition @ The Satellite
Curated by Michael Turner and Allison Collins
8 January – 15 March 2015

Chopper | Brandon Vickerd
26 February – 28 March 2015

Crossed | Ahmad Tabrizi
15 January – 21 February 2015

Kitchen | Julia Feyrer
1 November – 19 December 2014

gruntCraft | Youth Project by Demian Petryshyn
Summer – Winter 2014

Double Book Launch & Poetry Reading | Janet Rogers & Chris Bose
9 October 2014

The Book of Jests | Hyung Min Yoon
11 September – 11 October 2014

Épopée: L’état des lieux | Groupe d’action en cinéma (Epic Group Action Film)
Co-presented with Dazibao and Queer Arts Festival
21 July – 9 August 2014

Play, Fall, Rest, Dance | Valerie Salez
2 June – 5 July 2014

10 Years of State of Emergency | ATSA (Pierre Allard and Annie Roy)
11 April – 17 May 2014

Produce, Consume | Matt Troy
28 March – 5 April 2014

one man’s junk | Laura Moore
20 February – 22 March 2014

Nothing To Lose | Rabih Mroué
Co-presented with PuSh Festival
10 January – 8 February 2014

location/dis-location(s): contingent promises | Jayce Salloum
25 October – 30 November 2013

Mamook Ipsoot | Desiree Palmen and youth
18 October 2013

Don’t Go Hungry | Bracken Hanuse Corlett & Csetkwe Fortier
Curated by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun
5 September – 12 October 2013

Trapez & Dynamo Lines | Josephin Böttger
Co-presented with New Forms Festival
12 September – 15 September 2013

The Big Foldy Painting of Death | Ian Forbes
21 June – 27 July 2013

Agente Costura | Lisa Simpson
5 July 2013 (1 night performance)

Background / ThisPlace | Michael de Courcy (w/ Glenn Lewis, Gerry Gilbert, Taki Bluesinger); Emilio Rojas, Guadalupe Martinez, and Igor Santizo.
10 May – 8 June 2013

Strange Songs of Trust and Treachery | Laura Lamb
5 April – 4 May 2013

Gutter Snipes I | Cal Lane
15 February – 23 March 2013

Holding Our Breath | Adrian Stimson
4 January – 9 February 2013

Remains | Mark Mizgala
13 December – 6 January 2013

The Sea Is A Stereo | Mounira Al Solh
11 October – 1 December 2012

Do The Wave | Jonathan Villeneuve
6 September – 6 October 2012

Amelogenesis Imperfecta (How Deep is the Skin of Teeth) | David Khang
6 September – 22 September 2012

BLIZZARD | Jamasie Pitseolak, Nicholas Galanin, Tanya Lukin-Linklater & Geronimo Inutiq
In the media lab Northern Haze: Living the Dream (2011) directed by Derek Aqqiaruq
5 July – 4 August 2012

Qiqayt, 1982 | Emilio Portal
29 May – 23 June 2012

Here There Nowhere, Flaccid Means Without End | Ali Ahadi
6 April  – 12 May 2012

Ghostkeeper | Ahasiw Maskegeon-Iskew, Archer Pechawis, Adrian Stimson, Cheryl L’hirondelle, Sheila Urbanoski & Elwood Jimmy
21 April – 28 April 2012

H20 Cycle | François Roux
16 March – 31 March 2012

Ominjimendaan/ to remember | Charlene Vickers
23 February – 31 March 2012

The Symbolic Meaning of Tree | Christoph Runné
6 January – 11 February 2012

Pin-Up | Colette Urban
28 October – 3 December 2011

Like A Great Black Fire | Rebecca Chaperon
8 September – 15 October 2011

Taking Care of Business | Immony Men
9 July – 6 August 6 2011

Skullduggery | Robert McNealy
28 May – 25 June 2011

The Pigeon’s Club | ATSA (Pierre Allard and Annie Roy)
20 May – 21 May 2011

Old Growth | Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
21 April – 21 May 2011

grunt gallery’s volunteers are working to make all of our past exhibitions available in an online archival database called The Activation Map.  If you can’t find the information you are looking for, please feel free to email our Archives Manager, Dan Pon:

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Sausage Factory by artists Weronika Stepien and Stephen Wichuk
Essay written by Alla Gadassik:  Sausage Factory publication

análekta by Merle Addison
Essay written by Dana Claxton: analekta publication – FOR WEB


Catastrophe, Memory, Reconciliation by Osvaldo Ramirez Ostillo.
Exhibition essay by Alexis Hranchuk.

Eraser Street by Henri Robideau
Exhibition essay written by Clint Burnham.

Ahmad Tabrizi exhibition and curatorial essay by Lorna Brown and Makiko Hara.
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Julia Feyrer texts by Vanessa Kwan
Part 1 – History creeps: the grunt kitchen and Julia Feyrer
Part 2 – Recordings
Part 3 – Notes
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Hyung-Min Yoon exhibition essay by Lorna Brown
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Laura Moore exhibition essay by Luke Siemens
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Jayce Salloum exhibition essay by Keith Wallace
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Ian Forbes exhibition essay by Noah Becker
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Laura Lamb exhibition essay by Anakana Schofield
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Cal Lane exhibition essay by Robin Peck
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Adrian Stimson exhibition essay by Elizabeth Matheson
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David Khang exhibition essay by Koan Jeff Baysa M.D.
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Ali Ahadi exhibition essay by Ahmad Tabrizi
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