Lectures and Talks

The Gallery's public lectures, classes and discussion groups presented by artists, curators, art historians, critics and collectors are springboards for understanding and appreciating the world of art and visual culture, for exchanging ideas and for debating issues. These events take many forms, ranging from traditional slide presentations to informal artists' talks in the galleries. They bring renowned scholars, critics and artists to Vancouver, setting local art and artists in an international framework and drawing together some of the brightest minds of our time.

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*TICKETED EVENT | All programming is in the Gallery and free with Gallery Admission unless otherwise indicated (*).
Dates and times are subject to change. Please check back for complete up-to-date listings.

MAY 15
TUE 7pm
The Cinémathèque
1131 Howe Street
Vancouver BC
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Nuclear Sublime
ATOMIC Study: Speaker Series

ATOMIC Study: Nuclear Sublime is the final event in the programming series related to the exhibition BOMBHEAD. This film and video programme contains works by Bonnie Devine and Rebecca Garrett, Pierre Huyghe, Bruce Conner (on 35mm!), a premiere documentary by Jesse Andrewartha and new work by Erin Siddall.

Film critic William C. Wees describes the nuclear sublime as “the astonishment amounting almost to terror, the horror and [the] sacred awe felt by those witnessing a nuclear explosion—from a safe distance, of course.” ATOMIC Study: Nuclear Sublime presents visual reproductions of the bomb and its impact, exploring myriad ways that nuclear energies have affected and will continue to affect the material and immaterial aspects of human experience throughout time.

This program of experimental film and video works is presented in partnership with Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society and will also present a selection of Jesse Andrewartha’s autoradiograms in the cinema lobby.

Doors at 6:30 PM / Program at 7 PM
Duration: 90 minutes
Free and open to the public.

Jesse Andrewartha Photography & Radiation (2018), 35mm film

Bruce Conner LOOKING FOR MUSHROOMS (long version: 1959–67/1996), 35mm film
Music by Terry Riley "Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band"                   

Bonnie Devine and Rebecca Garrett Rooster Rock—The Story of Serpent River (2002), Betacam

Pierre Huyghe Untitled (Human Mask) (2014), film
courtesy of Hauser & Wirth New York

Erin Siddall The Pen (2015–2018), HD Video

Artist Biographies

Filmmaker and photographer Jesse Andrewartha examines the collision of humankind with the physical world, using the photographic image to reveal domains that extend beyond our senses. A Render Efficiency Supervisor with Sony Pictures Imageworks, Andrewartha is a veteran of the visual effects industry and is active in the Vancouver analog film community and has screened works at film festivals such as BLUE and SDUFEX.

Setting himself and his work in critical opposition to mainstream American society, versatile and restlessly inventive artist Bruce Conner (1933-2008) was a key part of the San Francisco Beat scene in the late 1950s. He first became known for his assemblages, which were crafted from an assortment of cast-off materials. He gained international admiration for his surrealistic sculptures and innovative avant-garde films, which he made under the influence of his friend and fellow experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage. Like his assemblages, his films were collages, which he produced by splicing together found and new footage. Referring to his wide-ranging and experimental output, he claimed: “A lot of things I’ve been involved in I’ve done because nobody else was doing them.”

Bonnie Devine was born in Toronto, Ontario. She is a member of the Serpent River Ojibway First Nation in Northern Ontario, but lives and works in Toronto. Drawing on a life-long interest in textiles and storytelling and blending these with traditional First Nations technologies such as basketry, weaving and sewing, Devine has developed a unique visual vernacular. In addition to drawing, sculpture and installation, Devine writes, publishes and performs her narratives as explorations of the traditional Ojibway themes that are the trajectory of her work. 

Rebecca Garrett is a Toronto based artist whose use of media is situation specific. Her work in film, video and installation has always been multiple and mixed, evolving out of painting and into single channel experimental films in the late 1970’s, film installations in the 1980’s, and a concurrent production of gallery based mixed media installations and community based videos in the 90’s. Her recent and current works brings together and weaves multiple practices, places and lines of inquiry.

Pierre Huyghe’s works blur the boundaries of established contrasts: the living and the lifeless, the real and the symbolic; animal, man and machine. Since the early 1990s, Huyghe has worked with the exhibition format as a mode of presentation, challenging its conventional forms and setups. Huyghe was born in Paris in 1962, and now lives and works in New York and Chile. He has presented countless solo exhibitions, including at MoMA, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; LACMA, Los Angeles; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Tate Modern, London; and Ludwig Museum, Cologne.

Erin Siddall is a Vancouver-based visual artist whose practice considers the problem of how to represent the unrepresentable with photography—from invisible environmental hazards, to hidden histories and traumatic events. Her current work investigates nuclear histories within a new era of escalating risk. Siddall holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia (2017), a Bachelor of Media Arts from Emily Carr University (2011), and has screened and shown in solo, public or group contexts at galleries and festivals such as Access Gallery, Satellite Gallery, CSA Space, The Helen and Morris Belkin Art Gallery, Gallery 295, Nuit Blanche Saskatoon, The Western Front Gallery, Capture Photography Festival, Winsor Gallery, and the Burrard Art Foundation Studio.

Free and open to the public.

*TICKETED EVENT | All programming is in the Gallery and free with Gallery Admission unless otherwise indicated (*).
Dates and times are subject to change. Please check back for complete up-to-date listings.