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July 10-September 2013

The Burnaby Art Gallery is pleased to announce KIOSK, an installation at Civic Square, Bob Prittie Library, Metrotown that will play host to a series of unique public art projects this summer. Designed by artist/designer Rebecca Bayer to evoke the form of an information booth, the structure will be the base for a series of projects that launch from the form and function of a kiosk. Six local and international artists will alternate sharing and transforming the purpose-built structure through the months of July to September. Commissioned by the Burnaby Art Gallery with support from BC Arts Council, KIOSK presents performances, installations, exchanges, and conversations for a pedestrian public to encounter.


Gaye Chan: SWEAT | July 10-14
Reception: Thursday, July 11, 6-8pm
A five-day long performance that’s part theatre and demonstration, SWEAT features Gaye Chan weaving baskets made from bale straps collected from neighbouring shopkeepers. SWEAT is a part of Chan’s ongoing work with EATING IN PUBLIC, a collective that she co-founded in 2003.

Chan, born in Hong Kong and immigrated to the United States in 1969, received her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute and is currently a professor and the Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Hawai'i. She is a conceptual artist who is recognized equally for her solo and collaborative activities that take place on the web, in publications, the streets and galleries. Her recent work often ruminates on how cartography and photography simultaneously offer and occlude information.

Rebecca Bayer: GIVE AND TAKE | July 16-August 11
Reception: Friday, July 26, 6-8pm

GIVE AND TAKE is a “free store” for books, magazines and small objects. In collaboration with passers-by and volunteer shopkeepers, the kiosk will collect and distribute the ephemera of everyday life, one piece at a time. Referencing the state of changing infrastructure the area surround Metrotown is currently experiencing, GIVE AND TAKE accepts constant change, simultaneously reflecting and absorbing surrounding situations.

Bayer teaches and mentors at UBC School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture and at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Bayer holds a Master's of Architecture from UBC and a MFA from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (London). Bayer is one of five artists-in-residence collaborating at Ten Fifteen Maple as part of the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation Field House program.

Reception: Wednesday, August 28, 6-8pm
Utilizing the kiosk as a small personal sign shop, Kwan will be the kiosk's eccentric sign-maker, not selling anything, but quietly proliferating signs on the outer surfaces and spaces of the kiosk. Over the course of two weeks, the signs will accumulate as sandwich boards, hanging signs, banners, and so on. The aim is to introduce an unusual sculptural and emotional quality to the site. As the weeks progress, the site will become more visually hysterical, beginning with “open” and “closed” and diversifying from there. Signs will be hand-painted on pre-cut, primed plywood.

Kwan will occupy the kiosk from noon to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Kwan is a Vancouver-based artist and programmer. Her most recent project is Sad Sack, an ongoing series of collaborative events, objects, thoughts and writings about melancholy.

Laiwan: FREE SAGE: FREE ADVICE | August 30-September 15
Reception: Saturday, September 7, 2-4pm
Beginning with the question “What advice would you like to give to the world?” this project engages with Burnaby elders, collecting what they see for our future, giving attention to their enduring presence and significance in our communities. The title hints toward ideals of generosity — in the wisdom of both our elders and of the plant world. Members of the public who visit the kiosk will be offered free wisdom from the elders while visiting seniors can also contribute free advice during the exhibition. A free dried bundle of hand-picked sage for burning and cleansing prepared by fellow artist Cease Wyss will be offered in return. All the advice will be entered into a manual typewriter that is connected to a computer to convert the entries into music. This work continues Laiwan's explorations into musicality and somatic intelligence. Laiwan will occupy the Kiosk every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 4 to 7pm. 




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Laiwan investigates embodiment through performativity, audio, music, improvisation, and varieties of media — along with bodily and emotional intelligence — so as to unravel and engage presence. She is an artist, writer, educator, curator and activist. Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, of Chinese origin, she moved to Canada in 1977 to leave the war in Rhodesia. She founded the Or Gallery in Vancouver in 1983 and teaches at Goddard College in Washington State in the MFA Interdisciplinary Arts Program.

Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed | TBA
(Location to be confirmed)

Artist statement to come.

Jickling experiments with the possibilities of form, participation and meaning-making across disciplines and publics. Her projects often take shape as site-specific sculptures, public installations, events, exchanges, photographs, multiples, printed matter and other ephemera. Atypical forms of distribution, entrepreneurial scheming and audience-seeking are important strategies for supporting and disseminating her work.

Reed works with spe­cific groups of peo­ple such as Twin Peaks fans, les­bian sep­a­ratists and high school art teacher can­di­dates. Reed favours col­lab­o­ra­tors that reflect her inter­est in par­tic­i­pa­tory cul­ture, affin­ity groups, and fantasy-based sub­cul­tures. Her projects take ver­nac­u­lar form as tele­vi­sion shows, pub­li­ca­tions, post­cards and other forms of eas­ily trans­mit­table and dis­persed media, so as to cir­cu­late back into the com­mu­ni­ties from which they are generated.

KIOSK was made possible with the support of BC Arts Council. For more information find us on Tumblr website.