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Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens, The Prophets

Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens, The Prophets (detail) (2013-15), mixed media [Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jan 13-Apr 9] Photo: Richard Ibghy

To refuse/To wait/To sleep
M&A

Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
Vancouver BC – Jan 13-Apr 9, 2017

Gabrielle Hill, Tidal Economies

Gabrielle Hill, Tidal Economies (2014), basketball hoop and plastic wire casings [Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jan 13-Apr 9] Courtesy of the artist

Gabrielle Hill, Tidal Economies

Gabrielle Hill, Tidal Economies (2014), blankets, rope and tobacco [Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jan 13-Apr 9] Courtesy of the artist

This timely group exhibition, focused on the vagaries of neo-liberalism’s “new normal,” includes a range of artists and collectives brought together to “investigate belief and prediction in economic models, precarious labour and illicit and marginalized markets.”

In the multi-channel video The Common Sense (2014), Melanie Gilligan presents a science fiction mini-series where technological innovation stands in for market relations and their effects on our bodies and on our social interactions. Gabrielle Hill’s Waste Lands (2016) begins with the artist foraging discarded copper wire insulation in the furtive folds of the False Creek Flats, while Ibghy & Lemmen’s The Prophets (2013-14) uses everyday materials to construct hand-made models based on “concrete data and mental abstractions.” Raqs Media Collective presents a video of account holders anxious to withdraw their money from a bank in anticipation of an imminent collapse, while Marianne Nicolson edits the provincial flag.

A second, not unrelated exhibition is M&A (2016) by Goldin+Senneby, in which the artist duo has worked with an investment banker and a computer scientist to develop an Aladdin-like predictor of mergers and acquisitions (hence the title). Using this system, the duo invested their share of the exhibition’s production budget in the stock market and employed an actor to rehearse a script – a rehearsal that will end only when, or if, the money runs out.

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Marianne Nicolson, Tunics of the Changing Tide: Dzawada’enuxw Histories

Marianne Nicolson, Tunics of the Changing Tide: Dzawada’enuxw Histories (2007), acrylic, brass, abalone and silver inlay on wood [Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jan 13-Apr 9] Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Two Rivers Gallery, 2015

RAQS Media Collective, Re-run

RAQS Media Collective, Re-run (still) (2013), video [Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Jan 13-Apr 9] Courtesy of the artists



 Wed, Feb 8, 2017