|BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS|
Exhibition catalogue produced and published by the October Show|
1983; No ISBN; 140 pages, softcover, 11" H x 8.5" W
Illustrated throughout in black & white
Steve Harris: The Bride Stripped Bare
Russell Keziere: Vancouver in Criticism
David MacWilliam: On My Arrival in Vancouver
Avis Lang: October Notes
Barbara Daniel: Le Plus Ca Change
Curatorial statements by:
Daina Augaitis, Todd Davis, Mary Gingerich
Josie Kane, Robert Linsley, Helga Pakasaar
"All works were made in the past year unless otherwise noted."
Each artist has a full page, usually consisting of one image and some text by the artist. Some pages have no text other than artist's name and the title of the artwork, other pages include artist statement, artistic additions, or biographical information. There is no consistency, but this reference will show you one work by each artist listed below.
This exhibition was self-organized by the artists as a "salon de refuses" in competition with the Vancouver Art Gallery's inaugural exhibition at their then new location at the Vancouver court house. The artists, then as now, were not happy with the VAG's policies of intertwining themselves with big business. The result, then as now, was almost total exclusion of local artists in favor of big name blockbuster exhibitions intended to increase membership and revenues. It is particularly poignant to read the 1983 essays in light of the VAG's 2010 campaign for a huge new gallery, the campaign well funded by developers.
"The Director has sought, and found, high-powered executives and
professionals to sit on Council, ensuring that the domination of Vancouver's
business elite is more thorough there than at any time since VAG's
Bancroft, Marion Penner
Haraldsson, Arni Runar
Lukacs, Richard Attila
Van Der Mey, Bob