Villy Svarre, Pacific Great Eastern (PGE) general manager Einar Gunderson (left, head in noose) and Premier W.A.C. Bennett (right with black hat, head in noose) take part in the inaugural arrival ceremonies of the PGE in Williams Lake, B.C. August 30, 1956, courtesy The Province
Discussion between artists Stan Douglas and Tim Lee, with writer Michael Turner as interlocutor.
Saturday, March 23, 3PM
560 Seymour Street, 2nd floor
Please join us for a discussion by notable Vancouver visual artists Stan Douglas and Tim Lee about different approaches to working with historical photographs, films and audio-visual materials. Both artists often work with material culture from the past, investing it with new meanings. They will provide insights into their research processes and ideas about media histories. Michael Turner will act as an interlocutor in the discussion; drawing on his extensive knowledge of the cultural life of this city.
This discussion will take place against the backdrop of Presentation House Gallery’s NEWS! exhibition, based on the press photography collection of The Vancouver Sun and The Province newspapers. This unique working archive holds a breadth of material that includes over a million photographs. The exhibition spanning the analogue era of news photography from the late 1900s to the mid 1990s presents a disjunctive collage of the history of the city.
The acclaimed artist, Stan Douglas, creates films, photographs and installations that reexamine locations and past events. His large-scale photographic mural at SFU Woodward’s is a reenactment of the Gastown Riots of 1971. His current project is a cinematic stage production, Helen Lawrence, set in post-war Vancouver that has involved the production of 3D electronic recreations of Hogan’s Alley and the Hotel Vancouver.
Tim Lee’s renowned media artworks often involve reenacting famous moments in the history of popular culture. His most recent multimedia installation, Blowin’ in the Wind, Bob Dylan, 1963, 2013, currently at the Asia Society Museum in New York, is a karaoke pavilion featuring the artist’s cover of the Dylan’s eponymous folk anthem.
Michael Turner is a Vancouver-based writer and art critic whose fictions—the most recent being 8×10, 2009—are composed of multiple genres and mediums. His current curatorial endeavour, A Postcard from Victoria, opening this May at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is based on a 1983 video by Robert Morin & Lorraine Dufour, with commissions by contemporary artists.
NEWS! is made possible with assistance from the The Vancouver Sun and The Province newspapers, and is curated by Helga Pakasaar, Presentation House Gallery.