New Work on the Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen!

After some technical to do(n’t), grunt gallery is excited to present our latest round of works now showing on the Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen. The 16 new works can be viewed on the screen until April 15, 2022. With this new selection of work, we continue to explore the theme of PLACE. Many of the submissions we received reflected our collective experience of the pandemic; Yan Liang’s The Collection of Thoughts composes them in a series of abstracted digital postcards, Kira Wu’s Auspicious Moment 2020 is a stop-motion collection of folding and unfolding fortune tellers reflecting on the place of body during the pandemic and the rise of anti-Asian hate crime. In Kat G Morris’s repeating gif work, Sense of Time, she imagines PLACE as a period of waiting — in-between the first and second dose of the vaccine and “social-media-scrolling wormholes.”

The new selection of works also include Ella Cooper’s V-formation; a work that brought to mind the importance of sharing the load of community leadership, of allowing a rotating movement of the position to allow for rest and the space to uphold each person for their contributions. Similarly, Christian Yves Jones and David La Nguyen (Kara Juku), present the vibrant The Petal – Cánh Hoa (2021), allowing our screen to be a space to celebrate drag, culture and local artists.

For scheduling info, you can now access the MPCAS google calendar for screening times from your desktop or phone, through mpcas.ca on the programming page. Timing is not exact as the screen may experience some loading delays throughout the day and we suggest arriving 5-10 minutes early to ensure that you can catch the program you’re interested in viewing.

As our ideas of PLACE continue to broaden with these works, we look forward to seeing your submissions for the upcoming deadline of February 7th, 2022, for our spring jury. More info about our next call for submissions will be announced soon.

New works:

Sydney Frances Pickering, kwékwa7
Edzi’u, the wind carries their names
Ella Cooper, V-formation
Phoebe Parsons, Terror Fervor
Deepali Raiththa, Dhundhloo
Alysha Seriani and Hazel Meyer, Marble presents “IT’S MY HOUSE”
Yan Liang, The Collection of Thoughts
Christian Yves Jones and David La Nguyen (as Kara Juku), The Petal – Cánh Hoa (2021)
Kat G Morris, Sense of Time
Gemma Crowe and All Bodies Dance, Near/Far
Emilie Crewe, ORINTHONICS
Rosalina Libertad Cerritos, Somos Shikilit (We Are Indigo)
Kira Wu, Auspicious Moment 2020
Josephine Lee, Kirogi (the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home)

You can read more about the new programming and find the full list of artists on the MPCAS website here.

Autumn / Winter Screen Hours:
Sunday to Thursday: 9:00 AM to 9:30 PM
Friday & Saturday:  9:00 AM to 10:30 PM

The MPCAS is produced by grunt gallery and generously supported by the Vancouver Foundation, RIZE corporation, Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Vancouver and Creative BC.

 

Images (clockwise from top left): Edzi’u, the wind carries their names, video (still); Christian Yves Jones & Kara Juku, The Petal – Cánh Hoa, video (still); Josephine Lee, Kirogi (the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home), video (still); Kat G Morris, Sense of Time, animation (still).

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Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen

grunt gallery launched the Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen (MPCAS) in December, 2019. The MPCAS is a 4×7 metre outdoor urban screen showing art-only content by and for the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood of Vancouver.

The MPCAS reflects its neighbourhood through artwork by local and commissioned artists, with a special focus on works exploring the area’s history, its current vitality and its future. This art-specific urban screen brings new digital technology to Mount Pleasant and the City of Vancouver with non-commercial programming around the theme of PLACE, presenting a diverse range of visual and media art by dozens of artists, community members, and community festivals reflecting on what it is to live in a changing Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. The MPCAS features commissioned work by Paul Wong, Amanda Strong, Kevin Lee Burton and Charlene Vickers, as well as curated content including programs by Justin Ducharme, Sebnem Ozpeta and Lianne Zannier. The screen also features original Digital Stories created by local residents specifically for MPCAS through a series of workshops led by artist Lorna Boschman. With over 6 hours of digital art, photography, video, time-based media, animation, performance, interactive art, GIFs, super 8 film, storytelling and more, learn all about the MPCAS programming at mpcas.ca.

The MPCAS is produced by grunt gallery and generously supported by the Vancouver Foundation, RIZE Corporation, Canada Council for the Arts, Creative BC, and the City of Vancouver. The MPCAS is part of the City of Vancouver’s Public Art program.

Location: Intersection of Broadway & Kingsway, Vancouver, on the east side of the Independent Building.

Visit mpcas.ca or follow the Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen on Facebook and Instagram to stay in the loop!

Digital Stories on the MPCAS:
grunt gallery and EastVan Digital Stories offer free workshops to Mount Pleasant residents who wish to create short videos around the theme of PLACE. Artists Lorna Boschman and Sebnem Ozpeta host workshops every season, walking participants through the process of digital story making!

Through the digital stories group process, you will be able to create and share your own authentic story by combining digital photos and/or video. Selected videos from the workshops will be shown on grunt gallery’s Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen and on digitalstories.ca.

To sign up, email Lorna Boschman: lorna (at) digitalstories (dot) ca

In the email include your name, email address, phone/text number, and whether you live in Mount Pleasant or Vancouver. Please include one, or two, sentences about why you would like to create a short digital story. Lorna will send you a list of things to bring to the workshop including several photos (from your phone or camera) and/or video that directly relates to your story’s theme.

Workshops fill up quickly, and a maximum of four people can register per workshop!

Special thanks to the Vancouver Foundation who made this project possible.

 

Image: Amanda Strong, Ghosts (still), 6 minutes, 2018.

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