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Shelved: Krista Belle Stewart, Randy Lee Cutler, Lucien Durey and Katie Kozak
April-August 2014

Shelved is a project involving artists who examine various archives and filing systems and produce discursive and experimental library spaces through research, curatorial, and publication projects. Over five months, artists Krista Belle Stewart, Randy Lee Cutler, Lucien Durey and Katie Kozak will present rotating displays at the Burnaby Art Gallery, Artspeak Artist Run Centre, and the Ridington Room at the Art + Architecture Library at The University of British Columbia.  

Krista Belle Stewart is an artist who lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her work engages the complexities of intention and interpretation made possible by archival material, approaching mediation and story-telling as a process of development to unfold the interplay between personal and institutional history. Stewart’s work for Shelved is based on an investigation/ unearthing of Rebecca Belmore’s 2009 performance work in which 500 loonies were buried in the lawns of the Burnaby Art Gallery. Stewart is a member of the Upper Nicola Band of the Okanagan Nation.

Randy Lee Cutler's contribution to the Shelved project involves a curated selection from Artspeak's library, which includes books and other media accumulated over the institution's 28-year history, that highlights themes of gender studies, queer theory, critical race theory and science fiction—not necessarily in that order. The selection, presented as a limited colour spectrum, will be arranged in each location so that it is easily available for visitors to browse. This project also includes a limited edition poster. Cutler is a Vancouver-based artist who has authored numerous essays published in catalogues and by C magazine, The Fillip Review, Texte zur Kunst, Canadian Art, Artspeak Gallery and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Lucien Durey and Katie Kozak’s collaborative project Baba’s House is comprised of works produced during the artists’ year-long, self-directed residency in the home of Sophie Ostrowski, Kozak’s Ukrainian-Canadian grandmother, who lives in the small town of Creighton, Saskatchewan. During their time at Baba’s, they produced a series of scanned compositions of ephemera, photographs, and beloved objects found throughout the house. In this iteration of the project, household artifacts are displayed alongside scanned arrangements. See more of Baba’s House online at Baba's House will be on display at UBC Ridding Room Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9am-8pm; Mondays, Thursday and Fridays from 9am-5pm; Saturdays 10am-5pm, and closed on Sundays. 

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country. / Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil  a investi 157 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

Public Programming

Fireside Talk with Krista Belle Stewart
Thursday, March 20, 6:30-8:30pm

In Collaboration With:

Artspeak Canada Council