Bellevue Art Museum will present the work of six Canadian artists in two related exhibitions on view June 14 to September 14, 2003. Bounce showcases the work of Vancouver, British Columbia artists Brian Jungen, Myfanwy MacLeod and Damian Moppet. In Through the Out Door features three Toronto-based artists: David Armstrong-Six, Germaine Koh and Nestor Kruger.
Each of these artists are attracting national and international attention for their reinterpretation, discourse and deviation from current schools of thought. The exhibitions are organized by Power Plant, Toronto, Ontario. Philip Monk curated Bounce and Xandra Eden curated In Through the Out Door.
Bounce looks at three young Vancouver, BC artists whose work deviates from the “Vancouver School” of photo-conceptual art that has dominated the art scene there in recent years. The aim of the exhibition is to highlight the sculptural dimension of the artists’ practices and their dialogue with art outside their city. Common to the works is a playful, yet at times perverse, handling of the ready-made materials of mass culture.
Included in the exhibition is Brian Jungen’s Shapeshifter, constructed from sectioned, white- plastic, stacking patio-chairs, rearranged to represent a whale and looking like something one might find in a science museum. In December 2002, Jungen received $50,000 as a winner of the prestigious SobeyArt Award, a Canadian prize recognizing contemporary artists under 40 years old.
Myfanwy MacLeod’s cute on the surface with subversive undertow sculptural pieces derive from Disney’s movie, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. A rustically elegant outhouse reminds the viewer of the
homily “a man’s home is his castle”, while a stack of wood, reflects on the backwoods adventures of the Hillbilly slacker culture.
Damian Moppett searches for examples of impulses toward disorder that are repressed within capitalism. Gaining inspiration from Peter Paul Rubens, Moppet searches for a contemporary complement to this old master’s depictions of Peasant festivals, he finds his comparison in the skateboard culture.
In Through the Out Door refers to an idea, a figure of speech that conveys both a refusal to conform to conventional patterns of behavior and a crossing over of boundaries, whether physical, social or intellectual. It signifies a way of encountering the world from a critical perspective. To walk in-through-the-out-door is to be met with resistance. The new works by these three artists break with expectations linked to their institutional surroundings and play with special perception and social boundaries. The individual works have the ability to bring together diverse ideas into one particular moment or situation.
Advancing the concepts of his recent structures that ooze liquids David Armstrong-Six will realize a large geodesic dome in the Museum’s Court of Light, that will incorporate the viewer’s physical encounter with the concept of work.
Germaine Koh continues her investigation of social boundaries through the integration of everyday activities, both inside and outside the gallery walls. For this exhibition, Koh constructed a weather device that brings in outside weather into an otherwise controlled environment.
Known for his large-scale wall paintings that incorporate the surrounding architecture, Nestor Krüger will extend his unconventional manipulations of perspective and create a site-specific piece for Bellevue Art Museum.
Both exhibitions will be found in and outside the Museum – from the third floor terrace to the front
entrance. A shared catalog for Bounce and In Through the Outdoor accompanies the
exhibits and contains essays by exhibition curators Philip Monk and Xandra Eden.
the tiny kingdom, 2001
(wood and mixed media, 13 1/2' x 4' x 4')