Our Exhibits

The Vancouver Art Gallery presents exhibitions of work by artists ranging from historic masters to leading-edge contemporaries. These include major thematic exhibitions, presentations of solo artists and smaller, more focused showcases. In a typical year, 2 to 3 exhibitions are borrowed from other institutions and 10 to 12 exhibitions are developed in-house, drawing on our permanent collection and loans of works from around the world. In addition, the Gallery tours a few of its exhibitions each year.

Past Exhibitions

How Soon Is Now

February 7 to May 3, 2009

Kristi Malakoff
Target, 2005/8
crepe paper party streamers
Photo: courtesy of the artist

Artists in the exhibition:
Jackson 2bears
Abbas Akhavan
Sonny Assu
Noah Becker
Raymond Boisjoly
Cedric, Nathan and Jim Bomford
Aaron Carpenter
Antonia Hirsch
Allison Hrabluik
Instant Coffee
Christian Kliegel
Germaine Koh
Kristi Malakoff
Kyla Mallett
Luanne Martineau
Damian Moppett
The Music Appreciation Society
Lucy Pullen
Marina Roy
Samuel Roy-Bois
Carol Sawyer
Kevin Schmidt
Kathy Slade
Ken Singer
Mark Soo
Erica Stocking
Dan Starling
Brendan Tang
Kara Uzelman
Holly Ward
Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky
Paul Wong
Contemporary art from here. Now.

How Soon Is Now is a selection of recent art from the province of British Columbia. Drawing on diverse formal, material and conceptual approaches, the exhibition brings together a dynamic group of artists who work in a range of media, with a mix of sculpture, painting, video, audio works, architectural interventions, site-specific projects and events.

A number of recurring metaphors and motifs run throughout the exhibition: the recording studio, the rehearsal space, the devalued object, the space of social interaction, architecture, the unconscious, literature and narrative, and a sense of experimentation and risk. Artworks are situated inside and outside of the gallery space proper; on the grounds, at the entrance, in the windows, in the lobby and behind gallery walls, inviting viewers to look awry and question the conventions of spectatorship.

Taking a cue from a song by English rock band The Smiths, the exhibition title evokes a central characteristic of the work—a sense of immediacy that speaks to the present moment. Bringing together divergent forms of artistic practices, How Soon Is Now recognizes some of the important shifts in contemporary art that privilege event over object, process over product, interaction over contemplation. Organized according to shared connections between works rather than a single theme, gallery spaces become a venue for a range of experiences, be they transformative, social, sensory, introspective or political.

How Soon is Now is organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Kathleen Ritter, Assistant Curator. This exhibition is presented with Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad and is supported by the British Columbia Arts Council and the Province of British Columbia.


Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad