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Exhibition Title: Crossed

Artist: Ahmad Tabrizi

Opening: Thursday January 15 (7-10pm)

Exhibition Dates: January 15-February 21, 2015

grunt gallery presents Crossed, an exhibition by artist Ahmad Tabrizi and curated by Makiko Hara. This multi-media exhibition creates a sense of portraiture compiled of Farsi script, piles of dressmaking pins, and glimpses of the artist himself – both visually and through audio.

Tabrizi studied comparative literature in Tehran, with an eventual goal to pursue a Ph.D in Persian Literature and a teaching career. His involvement in the student movement leading up to the Iranian revolution led to his flight from Iran after which he eventually found refuge in Vancouver.

“This installation [addresses] intellectual claustrophobia through language as a weapon of attack and defense; what is lost in the communication becomes loud sounds, weaponized sounds, sounds through the presence of pins. Pins are a universal symbol of pain, like a loud “ouch,” but silent at the same time.

It is also a portrait, but reduced to just eyes and language. The self-portrait of pinheads, though there is no specific self, is perhaps a very oddball portrait – oddballs of displacement and misplacement and the “door” separating Us and Them. The Persian language written on the “door” is used as decoration or beauty (surface). The English is used as tag or brandification – one as “unknown,” one as insult/poetry or slogan of the collective experiences of refugees, the exiled, marginalized or what is “normally” perceived as “the Others.”

– Ahmad Tabrizi, artist statement.

 Join us on Thursday January 15th from 7pm – 10pm for the opening reception of this exhibition. A curatorial text by Makiko Hara and an essay written by Lorna Brown will be available at the opening. The exhibition runs from January 15 to February 21, 2015.

Artist Bio:

Ahmad Tabrizi is an Iranian Vancouver-based artist who studied Persian literature in the University of Tehran in early 1980s. After arrival in Canada in 1987 as a political refugee, he studied at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, dropping out in the second year. Ahmad has exhibited in various venues throughout the 1990s including Helen Pitt Gallery, Surrey Art Gallery, Photo Based Gallery, “A Walk is” Gallery, Canadian Craft Museum, and Community Art Council, just to name a few. He has been doing performance art at various venues including Western Front and the Abbey Studio.

Tabrizi has also co-written a catalogue essay for Shirin Neshat’s exhibit at Artspeak Gallery (1997) and most recently contributed an essay for Ali Ahadi’s exhibition at grunt gallery (2012). Also, he wrote a short story for Ann Murray Fleming’s short film Pleasure Film/ Ahmad’s Story.

He received the Exploration grant from Canada Council for the Arts in 1996 as well as the Emerging Artist grant in 1998.

Tabrizi has been working in the film industry as a costume designer since 1998.

Curator Bio:

Makiko Hara is an independent curator based in Vancouver. Hara was the curator at Centre A: Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art between 2007 and 2013. She has curated numerous contemporary art exhibitions by Japanese, Canadian, and international artists for over 20 years in Japan and Canada. She has served as project coordinator for several international

exhibitions, including the Yokohama Triennale (2001/2005) and the Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale (2003). Hara was one of the three curators for the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche (2009) in Toronto. She has contributed essays to catalogues and magazines. Recent essays include an entry in Mutation, Perspectives on Photography, Paris (2011) and “Rethinking of Tokyo Art Speak,” in Institutions by Artists: Volume 1, Fillip (2012)



PDF Download | Ahmad Tabrizi exhibition and curatorial essay’s by Lorna Brown & Makiko Hara

Press Clippings:

Ahmad Tabrizi’s Crossed digs into loss and expression | Georgia Straight
A portrait of the artist as an exile | The Source

grunt gallery gratefully acknowledge the Hamber Foundation for making this exhibition possible.

Mainstreeters: Taking Advantage, 1972-1982

Exhibition Title: Mainstreeters: Taking Advantage, 1972-1982

Artist: Mainstreeters

Opening: Thursday January 8, 2015 (6pm - 9pm) @ Satellite Gallery

Exhibition Dates: January 9 - March 14, 2015

Exhibition Location: Satellite Gallery (560 Seymour, 2nd Floor, Vancouver, BC)

Mainstreeters: Taking Advantage, 1972-1982 is an exhibition, website and publication that takes a close look at a self-identified collective of socially and artistically motivated men and women who came of age on Vancouver’s Main Street—once the dividing line between a predominantly Anglo middle-class west side and a multicultural working-class east side. The exhibition at Satellite Gallery contributes to the larger project of bringing to light an under-recognized chapter of Vancouver art history.

The Mainstreeters—Kenneth Fletcher, Deborah Fong, Carol Hackett, Marlene MacGregor, Annastacia McDonald, Charles Rea, Jeanette Reinhardt and Paul Wong—were an “art gang” who took advantage of the times, a new medium (video), and each other. Emerging from the end-stage hippie era, the gang drew from glam, punk and a thriving gay scene to become an important node in the local art scene. Their activities connect the influential interdisciplinary salon of Roy Kiyooka in the early 1960s with the collective-oriented social practices that emerged worldwide in the early years of the 21st century.

Like the current “digital natives” generation, the Mainstreeters were the first generation to grow up with video cameras. The resulting documents bring into focus a decade of their lives, including forays into sex, love, drugs and art.

Mainstreeters: Taking Advantage, 1972-1982 is curated by Allison Collins and Michael Turner and is a coproduction of grunt gallery and Presentation House Gallery. The exhibition is presented by Satellite Gallery. Mainstreeters launched with the December 2nd release of a video documentary chronicling the lives of the group. On January 8th the exhibition opens at Satellite Gallery along with the launch of the website, featuring selected images, videos and texts. Throughout the exhibition, Mainstreeter videos will be presented in storefronts along Main Street, and the project will be complemented by a publication featuring photographs and documents to be released in summer 2015.


Video: Watch the Mainstreeters: Taking Advantage, 1972-1982 documentary featuring footage from the Mainstreeters’ archives and new interviews with a number of the Mainstreeter artists.

Video Direction, Editing and Production: Krista Lomax

Mainstreeters: Taking Advantage 1972-1982 | Full Video
from grunt gallery on Vimeo.

Press Clippings:

Remembering Mainstreeters | Georgia Straight

Main Street ‘art gang’ remembered | The Westender

The Mainstreeters straddled Vancouver’s great divide, quietly | The Vancouver Sun

Mainstreeters: Taking Advantage, 1972-1982 explores important chapter in Vancouver’s art history | BeatRoute

Part 1: “Mainstreeters: Taking Advantage 1972-1982” curated by Allison Collins and Michael Turner | Vancouver Art Review

Exhibition Event Details:

Opening Reception: A free courtesy bus will take visitors from the opening reception of Mainstreeters: Taking Advantage, 1972-1982 at Satellite Gallery to the opening reception of Tom Burrows at the Belkin Art Gallery (UBC) on Thursday, January 8. The bus will depart Satellite Gallery for the Belkin at 8:30 pm and return downtown at 9:45 pm. | Visit Satellite Gallery’s website.

During the exhibition, Main Street Tapes will be show in storefronts along Main Street, including:
Eugene Choo, 3683 Main Street
Smoking Lily, 3634 Main Street
Lifetime Collective, 4386 Main Street

Performance of Kenneth Fletcher’s Camp Potlatch
Directed by Paul Wong
Thursday January 22 at 8pm
At Satellite Gallery.

Exhibition Tour and Conversation with Allison Collins and Michael Turner
Saturday, January 31 at 2pm
At Satellite Gallery.

Main Street Walking Tour with Paul Wong and Annastacia McDonald
Saturday, February 21 at 2pm
Meeting point: Helen’s Grill, 4102 Main Street

Drag Ball
Saturday, March 7
Location: Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main Street


Exhibition Title: Kitchen

Artist: Julia Feyrer

Opening: Closing Reception TBA

Exhibition Dates: November 1 - December 19, 2014

grunt gallery kicks off our 30th anniversary programming with a residency and exhibition with Vancouver-based artist Julia Feyrer entitled, Kitchen. Taking the form of an evolving installation in the main gallery space, Feyrer’s work engages with materials and documentation from the grunt archives in the production of a new, site-specific environment.

Feyrer’s starting point is the kitchen—a space that has played a central role in the gallery’s social and creative life since its beginnings in 1984. A meeting space that entertained activities, conversations, and ideas fuelled by coffee, tea, beer, and wine, it has been a venue of literal and figurative “brewing”, where creative relationships have percolated over the years. The idea of the kitchen has long been a source of inspiration for the gallery, and the physical site has evolved into the present-day media lab and an exhibition space for innovative media works.

“Process-based and meticulously—if playfully—constructed, Feyrer’s work is both densely material and intellectually airy; that is, her work challenges the viewer to engage both a tactile experience in this present moment, while simultaneously considering the transformative potential of perception, over time and through space. Feyrer’s use of materials acts as a conduit for seeing and, importantly, for experiencing an archival document.” – Vanessa Kwan, curatorial statement.

More than an exploration of archival material, her work will also engage the heart of the kitchen environment: the social. Feyrer, in collaboration with the gallery, will produce a series of events that activate the installation. Window paintings for this kitchen exhibition is provided by Vancouver-based artist and animator Tasha Brotherton. These events will be announced on an ongoing basis, and will include the closing event in mid-December.

The gallery will also be producing a series of texts over the course of the exhibition and residency. These texts, written by curator Vanessa Kwan, will be made available at the gallery and online.


Part 1 – History creeps: the grunt kitchen and Julia Feyrer
Part 2 – Recordings
Part 3 – Notes

Fridge Logic: events at the Kitchen

Half an hour after the show is over, a random viewer is staring into her refrigerator, vaguely bemused by the fact that her six-pack of beer has somehow become a two-pack of beer. Rather than work out how this might have happened, it occurs to her to wonder how in the hell the kitchen took 30 years to turn into a sculpture.

Revisit some old narratives and sketch out a possible present one, with grunt gallery, Julia Feyrer and friends.
1985 – 2015

Thursday, December 4th: Drawing 7pm
Ballets for Miniature Aerial Drones: A Research Workshop
(with Donato Mancini)

Tuesday, December 9th: Reading 7pm
(with Vivienne Bessette)

Friday, December 12th: Recording 7pm
(with Pietro Sammarco)

Friday, December 19th: Solstice Party
(bar by Magic Mystery Bartenders)

Artist Bio:

Julia Feyrer (b. 1982, Victoria, BC) is a filmmaker and artist who lives and works in Vancouver. She graduated in 2010 with a Meisterschülerin from the Städelschule in Frankfurt, Germany. She has recently exhibited Escape Scenes at the Western Front in Vancouver. Other recent exhibitions include (in collaboration with Tamara Henderson), Bottles Under the Influence, at Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff (2013), Alternatives and Opportunities, Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver (2012), Irregular Time Signatures, Johan Berggren Gallery, Malmö (2011) and The Poodle Dog Ornamental Bar, Artspeak, Vancouver (2010). Her work has been included in the following group exhibitions The Intellection of Lady Spider House, Art Gallery of Alberta (2013), Phantasmagoria, Presentation House (2012), Children’s Films, Contemporary Art Gallery, Bielefelder Kunstverein, & International Project Space (2011  2013). Julia is also the co-editor of the audiozine Spoox ( and author of a series of artist books from Perro Verlag press.


The Book of Jests

Exhibition Title: The Book of Jests

Artist: Hyung Min Yoon

Opening: Thursday Sept 11 (7–10pm)

Exhibition Dates: Sept 11–Oct 11, 2014

Vancouver-based artist Hyung-Min Yoon presents a series of images that draws from an obscure collection of marginal religious illustrations by Albrecht Dürer. Originally used to surround religious texts, Hyung-Min Yoon reimagines their placement and purpose by framing them around contemporary political jokes of various cultures in their original languages.

This challenging combination strikes a balance between different historical and contemporary modes of ideology; the popular and the religious; and the individual and the state.

The Book of Jests is both the exhibition title and the name of the book that Hyung-Min Yoon has produced to house 25 contemporary jokes. Visit grunt gallery to view a selection of prints from the book, a newly created video that documents the book from cover to cover in our Media Lab, and to see the hand-sewn The Book of Jests protected by vitrine.

The opening reception for this exhibition will take place on Thursday September 11th, 7pm –10pm. The opening is associated with SWARM, an annual festival of artist-run centres. The exhibition runs from Sept 11– Oct 11, 2014.

Be sure to attend the artist talk on Saturday, September 27th, 12:30pm –1:30pm at grunt gallery, an event that’s a part of BC Culture Days.

The Book of Jests from Hyung-Min Yoon on Vimeo.

Artist Bio:

Born in Seoul, Hyung-Min Yoon studied at the Korean National University of Arts, Seoul (BFA) and Chelsea College of Art & Design, London (MFA). Her works seek to develop the idea of ‘aesthetic translation’ to uncover meaning in the ambiguities and contradictions that lie undetected in an era of globalization. Yoon’s current interest is in the role that printing technologies have had in the dissemination of ideas through time. Her works have been exhibited internationally in Korea, UK, Switzerland, Austria and Canada. She is currently artist in residence at Gyeongi Creation Centre, Korea.


The Book of Jests | Essay by Lorna Brown

Press Clippings:

 Artist reframes old master for modern age

| The Source

Yoon adds that in her work, she tries to match Dürer’s illustrations to the jokes she compiles. Although the religious drawings and political jokes may seem incompatible, Yoon says that the drawings in this piece are portrayed humorously and compliment her work.

“Dürer is an amazing artist who’s really playful with his drawing so it looks quite light and not that serious. It occurred to me that it’s would be a perfect match,” says Yoon.


Hyung Min Yoon: From Page to Screen

| Canadian Art

With that in mind, what does it mean to produce or consume a CD, a DVD or a glue-and-paper book when the music, pictures and literature they contain are now more commonly produced and consumed through one’s phone? Is it both a political and an aesthetic act to continue with these apparently obsolete forms, as it was in the 1980s when the digitization and increased corporatization of the music industry resulted in multi-track tape decks showing up at thrift stores, where they were purchased and put to use by musicians associated with the North American “lo-fi” indie movement? Are we now at a similar place with the hard-copy book?

Épopée – L’état des lieux

Exhibition Title: Épopée – L’état des lieux

Artist: Épopée – Groupe d’action en cinéma (Epic Group Action Film)


Exhibition Dates: July 21 - Aug 9, 2014


Our closing reception is cancelled because Artist Rodrique Jean is unable to make it to this event. You are welcome to attend the Queer Arts Festival screening on Tues Aug 5 at the Roundhouse. The exhibition at grunt gallery will run until this Saturday.

Off-site screening: Aug 5, 2014, 7:30 PM, Roundhouse Performance Centre
Creative Contributors: Tarah Hogue, curator; Rachel Iwaasa, Queer Arts Festival; Dazibao (Montreal, QC).

The installation L’État des lieux (The State of the Moment) and film screening of L’État du monde (The State of the World) is co-presented by grunt gallery, Queer Arts Festival and Dazibao.

Initiated by filmmaker Rodrigue Jean, Épopée is a collection of short films written and made in collaboration with male drug addicts and sex trade workers in Montreal. Set in the district known to residents as “the box,” an area bounded by the streets St. Denis, De Lorimier, Viger and Sherbrooke, the project was initiated following the shooting of the film Men for Sale (2008), when participants expressed the desire to create fictional works in addition to the documentary.

The project started with writing workshops that transformed into a website ( with short films written and acted out by the participants. Made up of stories – 9 Fictions and 13 Trajets – written and filmed in collaboration with male sex workers, Épopée uses cinema (writing, shooting, editing and screening) as a gesture and an instrument of freedom and community. These films are not portraits, whether real or fictional, of their protagonists; instead they combine to paint a highly emotional and political portrait of our first world, its structure and the segregation on which it is based.

L’État des lieux (The State of the Moment) will be installed as an alternating projection at grunt gallery over the course of July 21-Aug 9, 2014. Attend the closing reception at grunt gallery on August 6. Rodrigue Jean, Épopée Collective founder, and Serge-Olivier Rondeau, member of the Épopée Collective, will be present at this event. Special thank you to Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec (CALQ) for providing the artists with a travel grant.

Visit the Queer Arts Festival website to purchase tickets for the off-site screening of L’État du monde (The State of the World) happening at the Roundhouse Community centre on Aug 5.

About Épopée:

Épopée is a Montréal-based cinema action group, which carries out projects addressing present-day situations. The group disseminates its work through public talks and discussions, web distribution and art gallery installations. Since 2005, Épopée has focused on persons subjected to exclusion by the State and violence by its police. The group has created film projects in collaboration with sex workers and drug users, students and militants during and after the 2012 Québec Student Strike, and lately with Indigenous groups in the Brazilian Amazon.

The group’s works have recently been shown at Dazibao (Québec, CA, 2012), the Festival du nouveau cinéma (Montréal, CA, 2012), the Visions du réel film festival (Nyon, CH, 2013), Interference Archive (New York, US, 2013), and the Manif d’Art 7 (Quebec, CA, 2014). L’État du monde won a special mention in the Best Canadian Feature category at the Rencontres internationales du documentaire (Montréal, CA, 2013). Épopée has also brought its work to universities and collectives in Europe, the US, Canada and Québec.

Queer Arts Festival:

The Queer Arts Festival in Vancouver is an annual artist-run showcase of queer arts, culture and history. It celebrates the unique creative expressions of visual and performing artists who identify as part of the queer communities. QAF features a curated visual arts show, a community art show, and 3 dynamic weeks of cutting-edge performances and workshops from all artistic disciplines, including music, dance, theatre, literary and media arts.

Play, Fall, Rest, Dance

Exhibition Title: Play, Fall, Rest, Dance

Artist: Valerie Salez

Opening: Thursday June 26 (7-10pm)

Exhibition Dates: June 2 – July 5, 2014

Visit grunt gallery over the month of June to witness Valerie Salez’ Play, Fall, Rest, Dance, an installation that continously changes based on the creative output by children with disabilities. grunt gallery is proud to partner with KickStart Disability Arts and Culture to bring Salez’ project to Vancouver following a successful residency that occurred at Open Space (Victoria, BC) last year.

Artist Valerie Salez creates an environment that encourages artistic freedom, exploration and installation-making over the course of several weeks. Children participate in art-making sessions that reimagine the space through the use of various materials, some of which are repurposed from Salez’ past projects, and through performance, movement, sound and play.

The artist works with children with disabilities to emphasize the state of making and being, the pursuit of uninhibitied creative exploration that is void of rules, structures and concepts of ‘right or wrong’ and ‘perfection vs. mistakes’. Children are enabled with artistic autonomy and the artist thoughtfully guides them to explore their creative processes.

Visitors are invited to stop by the gallery throughout the month of June to see how the installation is reimagined, rebuilt and reconsidered during the month. The gallery is open to the public throughout the month of June.

Due to the nature of this project, there will be a closing reception on Thursday June 26, 7-10pm. The project will run from June 2-July 5.

Read the blog:

Press Clippings:

The Source: The artistry of play: installation showcases children’s art


Crafting an experience of Art-making: Valerie Salez’ Play, Fall, Rest, Dance written by Anastasia Scherders


Artist Bio:

Since 2003, Valerie Salez has been engaged in a multi-disciplinary art practice that includes performance, video, photography, sculptural installation, and collage. Her work has been both collaborative and solo. Often relying on provisional materials, it can be framed as arte povera and/or situationist in nature. For four years, Salez engaged in snow-shoveling performances/interventions at residencies across Canada. Video and photo documentation of these performances have been exhibited at university art galleries and artist-run centers in Canada, including the 2010 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad. Other collaborations include large outdoor sculptural installations with elements of performance. As well, Salez has produced a number of solo installations using collected objects and textiles that have been installed in various galleries across Canada. Interspersed throughout the aforementioned practices she produced large-scale collage works that have been purchased by private collectors and art banks. Valerie Salez grew up in the Yukon and currently dwells in Victoria, B.C.

grunt gallery gratefully acknowledges Arts-Based Community Development funding from the British Columbia Arts Council for making this project possible.

10 Years of State of Emergency

Exhibition Title: 10 Years of State of Emergency

Artist: ATSA

Opening: April 11 (5:30-7:30; 7:30-9:30pm), 2014

Exhibition Dates: April 11-May 17, 2014

(Vancouver, BC) – grunt gallery and Gallery Gachet are proud to co-present 10 years of State of Emergency (État d’Urgence), a multidisciplinary visual exhibition based on a retrospective of works from 1998-2013 during État d’Urgence (State of Emergency) and Fin Novembre (End of November).

The annual event État d’Urgence (State of Emergency) began in 1998 in downtown Montreal and was created by ATSA, a not-for-profit organization founded by artists Pierre Allard and Annie Roy. It was originally conceived to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The event itself is a 24-hour, 5-day refugee camp in support of people living homeless and under conditions of poverty. The event was created as a public intervention in the city and includes the provision of food, clothing and shelter as well as the production of hundreds of art works from multidisciplinary backgrounds. État d’Urgence was so successful that it has returned on an annual basis and now, 16 years later, goes by the name Fin Novembre.

The exhibition has been presented in numerous venues in Montreal, as well as cities across the province of Quebec. It is now touring Canada with exhibition dates planned in Fredricton, Calgary and Winnipeg, arriving in Vancouver to be co-exhibited at both grunt gallery and Gallery Gachet.

At grunt gallery, ATSA presents a selection of 30 ATSA art works and archives produced throughout the years of the event from 1997 to 2013, including the montage U pour Urgence presented at the Canadian Architecture Centre, Deposit, Last resort, Under surveillance, The Brasero and a collection of video capsules by Santiago Bertolino, Steve Patry, Henrique Vera Villanueva and Luc Sénécal. This selection shows the evolution of the event and all the political and social difficulties and challenges the artists experienced.

At Gallery Gachet, the 10 years of State of Emergency exhibition features artwork by over 20 artists—local, national and international—who made original contributions to État d’Urgence during the event’s run between 1998 and 2010. Included in these works are collaborative illustrations, sound track and photo projects; paintings on unconventional media; drawings, a survival handbook; miniature cardboard architecture and more.

Join us on Friday April 11 at Gallery Gachet (5:30-7:30) and at grunt gallery (7:30-9:30) for the opening receptions of 10 years of State of Emergency (État d’Urgence). Join us on Saturday April 12th (2-3pm) for the artist talk. These exhibitions run until Saturday May 17th, 2014.


Gallery Gachet (, 88 East Cordova Street, 
Vancouver, BC V6A1K3

Media Contact: Lee Williams 604.687.2468

grunt gallery
( 116-350 East 2nd Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T4R8
Media Contact: Karlene Harvey | 604.875.9516

ATSA wishes to thank the Conseil des Arts de Montréal en tournée for producing and staging the first exhibition and tour in Montreal, as well as the Conseil des art et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts for the Canada-wide tour.

Gallery Gachet and grunt gallery would like to thank the following funders:
Vancouver Coastal Health, Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, and the City of Vancouver.

Who is ATSA?

ATSA is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1998 by artists Pierre Allard and Annie Roy. The pair creates transdisciplinary works and events for the public realm that take the form of interventions, installations, performance art and realistic stagings. Their actions are born of a desire to raise public awareness of various social, environmental and heritage issues that are crucial and that need to be addressed. They aim to sway both the public and the media—in short, to motivate as many citizens as possible to take an active role in improving society.

ATSA is recipient of the 2013 Honourable mention for the Mayor’s Democracy Price, the 2011 Giverny Capital price, the 2010 Pratt & Whitney Canada Nature de l’Art Prize awarded by the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Citoyen de la Culture 2008 award handed out by Les Arts et la Ville and of the Artistes pour la Paix 2008 award.

ATSA is also proud to have been the spokesperson of Artists in the Art of the City Mouvement (2013),  5ème Sommet citoyen de Montréal (2009), 22ème Exposition inter-collégiale d’arts plastiques du Réseau Inter-collégial des Activités Socioculturelle du Québec (RIASQ 2010), and of Journées Québécoises de la Solidarité Internationale (2011). ATSA is a member of the board of RAIQ.

Produce, Consume

Exhibition Title: Produce, Consume

Artist: Matt Troy, Patrick Daggitt, Dan Leonard, Sammy Chien, Kim Asendorf, Michael Borris, Joseph Yølk Chiocchi, Chris Collins & James Hicks.

Opening: Friday March 28 (7-10pm)

Exhibition Dates: March 28 – April 11, 2014

Produce, Consume transforms grunt gallery’s media lab into a multifaceted playground of website artworks and displays. Visit grunt gallery for this special weeklong exhibition that invites the public to access and explore new tools for sharing, seeing, and becoming.

Matt Troy, grunt’s Media Lab artist-in-residence, has invited artists and teams around the globe to participate and facilitate interactive art websites. The exhibition includes the premiere of three commissioned artworks by Vancouver-based artists Patrick Daggitt, Dan Leonard, and Sammy Chien. Five international artworks will be screened by Kim Asendorf (Germany), Michael Borris (France), Joseph Yølk Chiocchi (United States of America), Chris Collins (United States of America) and James Hicks (United Kingdom).

These nine art sites include a tool to create something: a file, jpeg, mp3, gif, or text. Each file explores a component of human sensory interaction: sound and audio; touch and feeling; seeing and being seen; commerce and language. User engagement with these tools creates a file that is catalogued and immortalized forever online.

The role of the traditional ‘artist’ is subverted as the artists act as faciltators, programmers or playground supervisors within this online landscape. The audience is encouraged to explore these digitally created tools, producing new works by interaction and participation.

Join us at grunt gallery on Friday March 28 (7-10pm) for the opening reception of Produce, Consume. This exhibition runs until Saturday April 5th.

grunt gallery gratefully acknowledges the Canada Council’s Project Grants to Media Arts Organizations, Groups and Collectives for making this exhibition possible. grunt gallery would also like to thank their operating funders: Audain Foundation, City of Vancouver, and the British Columbia Arts Council.

one man’s junk

Exhibition Title: one man’s junk

Artist: Laura Moore

Opening: Thursday February 20, 2014 (7-10pm)

Exhibition Dates: Feb 20 - Mar 22, 2014

Join grunt gallery on February 20th for the opening reception of one man’s junk by Toronto-based artist, Laura Moore.

New technology drives the manufacturing of new electronic products. But during this pursuit of the new and improved, what happens with the obsolete?

Laura Moore hand-carves blocks of limestone into outdated electronic devices. Contradicting the indispensability that most discarded electronics face, these tributes monument how once-valuable objects become undesired commodities.

Moore began one man’s junk during an artist in residence program at the Thames Art Gallery. The artist states an ongoing interest in creating tensions between the permanent versus disposable and the interactive versus the inert. The limestone sculptures includes a computer monitor, printer and hard-drive tower measured to a 1:1 scale; stacked onto a wooden pallet.

“Stone, the material of my work, moves me in principal because it is familiar and I find its resistance stimulating. It is the monuments and sculptures that tell our history, it shapes our continents while intriguingly remaining mutable.” – Laura Moore, Artist Statement


one man’s junk questions what happens when an object shifts from a prized possession to a nonentity, and asks you to find value amongst junk, waste and the discarded.

grunt gallery is pleased to announce that this will be Moore’s first exhibition in Vancouver, British Columbia. The artist will be in attendance for the opening reception.

Artist Bio:

Laura Moore has an MFA from York University, a BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and a Diploma of Art from Fanshawe College.

Currently, Laura’s 2010 series Kernel Memory is installed at the St. Catharines City Hall Sculpture Garden; this work is on exhibit until September 2016. In June 2014, components of Laura’s new series one man’s junk will be installed as part of the Contemporary Art Forum, Kitchener and Area Biennial (CAFKA) and in the group exhibition Material World at the Indianapolis Art Center in Indiana, USA.
In the past, Laura has exhibited her work at; Station Gallery (Whitby ON), Ontario Science Centre, Oeno Sculpture Garden (Bloomfield ON), Thames Art Gallery (Chatham ON), Siena Art Institute (Siena Italy), Shoshana Wayne Gallery (Santa Monica CA USA), Leaside Sculpture Trail (Uxbridge ON), Peak Gallery (Toronto ON), Stride Gallery (Calgary AB), Cambridge Galleries, Glenhyrst Gallery of Brant (Brantford ON) and Anna Leonowens Gallery (Halifax NS).

Exhibition Essay:

one man’s junk: Digital Monument by Luke Siemens


Abandoned Machines by Genevieve Michaels

Thank you to the following funders:

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Thank you to grunt’s operating funders:

The Audain Foundation
The City of Vancouver
British Columbia Arts Council
Canada Council for the Arts

Nothing to Lose

Exhibition Title: Nothing to Lose

Artist: Rabih Mroué

Opening: Friday January 10 (7-10pm)

Exhibition Dates: Jan 10 - Feb 8, 2014

Beirut artist, Rabih Mroué, returns to Vancouver with a video installation exhibition entitled, Nothing To Lose.

This exhibition questions what we know and what we have read, the tumultuous relationship between fact, fiction and construed narratives. Mroué’s practice explores the media’s ability to reinterpret and misinterpret, and the subjective impact this has on the public.

His performances are both conceptually and politically bold, using the backdrop of Lebanon to construct works that speak to everyone. When inquired about past projects Mroué states, “My works deal with issues that have been swept under the table in the current political climate of Lebanon.” His practice emerges from a generation of artists in Beirut that came of age during the civil war (1977-1990); works often address the aftermath, using photography and video to deconstruct and reconstruct its devastating consequences.

Presented with grunt gallery and PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. Join us for the opening reception of Nothing to Lose on Friday, January 10th (7pm–10pm). The exhibition is at grunt gallery from Jan 10 – Feb 8, 2014.

grunt gallery is also pleased to announce that there will be a workshop by Rabih Mroué on Art & Politics on Saturday, January 11th from 12noon-4pm at grunt gallery. This workshop is intended for performance artists, theatre actors and those involved with the performing arts. Admission to this workshop is $20 (student rate TBA), please email glenn(at) to sign up. This workshop has limited space available so be sure to sign up soon!

PuSh events with Rabih Mroué:

Rabih Mroué is no stranger to the city of Vancouver. Mroué provided an artist talk at PuSh Festival in 2012 and returns as a 2014 PuSh artist-in-residence. PuSh Festival is hosting a breakfast series event with Mroué on January 17 ( and will be presenting “The Pixelated Revolution” at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts from January 15 –18 ( Be sure to buy tickets to these events before they sell out!

Press Clippings:

Tate Modern: On Three Posters 2004

Georgia Straight: Rabih Mroué’s Nothing to Lose digs into war-making and picture-taking

The Vancouver Sun: PuSh Festival preview: Rabih Mroué

The Commentary: Pod cast interview with Rabih Mroué

The Vancouver Sun: Rabih Mroué: finding the humanity in a suicide bomber

The La Source: Multidisciplinary artist captures the political and the personal

grunt gallery: Interview article by Gizem Sözen & Eylül İşce


Image(s), mon amour Fabrications: Rabih Mroué


Artist Bio:

Rabih Mroué was born in Beirut and lives between Beirut and Berlin. He is an actor, director, playwright, visual artist, and contributing editor in the Lebanese quarterly Kalamon and TDR (New York).

He is also a co-founder and board member of the Beirut Art Center (BAC). He is a fellow at The International Research Center: “Interweaving Performance Cultures”/Freie Universität- Berlin, 2013/2014.

In addition to his main work in theatre, Mroué’s recent exhibitions include: CA2M, Madrid 2013, Museé de la Dance (2013), dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel (2012), Templhof, Berlin – Hebbel theater, the world UnFair exhibition (2012), Lunds konsthall, Lund (12 March – 8 May 2011); Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts), London (23 March – 14 May 2011) and Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart (22 May – 31 July 2011); and Tranzitdisplay, Prague (10 June – 14 August 2011), BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht (21 May – 1 August 2010), Performa 09, New York (2009); 11th International Istanbul Biennale (2009); Tarjama/Translation, Queens Museum of Art, New York (2009); Soft Manipulation – Who is afraid of the new now?, Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg (2009); Sharjah Biennale (2009); Medium Religion, ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe (2008); and Les Inquiets. 5 artistes sous la pression de la guerre, Centre national d’art et de culture Georges Pompidou, Paris (2008). In 2010, he was awarded an Artist Grant for Theater/Performance Arts from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts 2010, New York and the Spalding Gray Award 2011 and Prince Clause Award, 2011.

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