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I'm very proud to announce I am curator for 4 artists (Rob Scharein, Laura Lee Coles, Dave Leith and Mark Nazemi) into one of the biggest media shows this year! Not only will this be Paul Wong's (2005 Governor General award winner) showcase of the current landscape for media art in BC, but a final celebration and farewell to ON MAIN GALLERY.

 

OMG – On Main Gallery presents: THRU THE TRAPDOOR
A major interdisciplinary art event featuring over 50 artists and curators.
Artistic Director: Paul Wong
Producer: Rick Erickson

Opening: Tuesday Apr. 22, 8 – 10 PM
Exhibition: Apr 23 – 25, 12 – 8 PM Free Admission
Performances, Interactive Works, Artist and Curator Talks: Apr 23 - 25, 6-8 PM
Art Party: Saturday Apr 26, 8PM – 2AM $10 Admission
1965 Main St., Vancouver

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Site-specific installations, projections, visuals, sculpture, performance, music, relational experiences, assemblages, constructions, participatory happenings, sound, interactive art, and more…

Trapdoor is a 5-day exhibition concluding with a monumental closing event. This is the final act and the end of an era for 1965 Main St., an important and innovative creative hub since 1993. It has been the home-base for VIVO Media Arts, Alderbridge Mini-Storage, Gallery 1965, New Forms Festival, and many other organizations and artists.

On Main Gallery has occupied one of the storefronts since 2007. In 2012 this space was expanded and completely renovated by Rick Erickson, who put in a “secret trap door” leading down to Alderbridge Mini-Storage, a labyrinth of 70 spaces in all shapes and sizes, with 6500 sq. ft. of storage lockers.

We have invited dozens of artists who will be transforming this unique warehouse into an amazing site for experiencing contemporary art. They will respond to the architectural features of the site, along with ideas of memory, history, the present, the future, consumption, and hoarding.

 

Together, they are some of the best new and established talent in Vancity, collaborating to create something extraordinary. Within these spaces, there will be a camera obscura, an Ames room, peep holes, a grand piano, interactive sound and internet works, immersive environments and intimate personal narratives. These projects mix traditional media with newer technologies, combining photography and video with everything from found objects, dirt, wood, and concrete, to infusions of the more ephemeral: performance, sound, projections and interventions.

Over 30 Projects by 50 artists and Curators (subject to change)

Amy Fung
Annie Briard
Attila Richard Lukacs
Brian Howell
Cam Andrews
Charles Rea
Christian Pelech
Dan Leonard
David Campion
David Khang
David Leith
DRIL Art Collective
DJ Clarence and Wilson Hart
Elisa Ferrari
Emily Neufeld
Evann Siebens
Glenn Alteen
Hammock Residency
Howie Tsui
Instant Coffee
Jay Senetchko
Jessica Bushey
John Brennan
Joe Sarahan
Jonathan Middleton
Jonny Sopotiuk
Katherine Coe
Kenneth Yuen
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun
Laura Lee Coles
Leo Stefansson
Lynn Chen
Makiko Hara
Michael Edward Miller
Michael Yahgulanaas
Mark Nazemi
Olivia Fauland
Patrick Campbell
Patrick Daggitt
Rachel Iwaasa
Randy Gledhill
Robert Scharein
SD Holman
Sebnem Ozpeta
Steven Tong
Sydney Southam
Tommy Chain
Trevor Discoe
Vjeko Sager
Wynne Palmer
William Bros
AND MORE…

For the closing Art Party on Sat. April 26, we are going all out creating a spectacular experience. Happening in a combined 10,000 sq. ft. of space, the Art Party will include the upstairs, downstairs, and parking lot of 1965 Main St. There will be video mapping on the building exterior, and we will feature an additional lineup of performers, DJ’s, musicians, and visual artists for this stellar event.

This is going to be legendary, harking back to the free spirit of 1980’s artists’ warehouse shows.

Sponsors/participating organizations to date: Bomber Brewing, Cinevolution Media Arts Society, grunt Gallery, Hybridity Media, New Forms Festival, Or Gallery, VIVO Media Arts Centre, and more…

DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW!