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Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson, Consider the Belvedere

Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson, Consider the Belvedere (2015), production still, 16mm film [Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Burnaby BC, Sep 6-Dec 4]

Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson: The Last Waves

Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
Vancouver BC – Sep 6-Dec 4, 2016

Originally mounted as Bottle Under the Influence at the Walter Phillips Gallery in 2013, the narrative content of this immersive, ever-evolving installation travelled first to the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia before arriving at the Belkin under its current name. Although certain elements have changed, the installation remains a series of sets, in this instance, a bar, a laboratory and a hotel.

Available throughout the exhibition space are copies of The Night Times newspaper, inside which are descriptions of the artists’ dreams. Unlike the Banff iteration, the Belkin version provides a more literal degree of audience interactivity, where an ergonomic keyboard allows visitors to type in and momentarily project dreams of their own. Another added feature is the film Consider the Belvedere (2015) that the artists made at the Belvedere Apartments on Vancouver’s Main Street.

But of all that is new about this eerie exhibition, the most unusual addition is the artists’ collaboration with glassblower Brian Ditchburn, who is contracted by the University of British Columbia’s Chemistry Department to produce and repair materials more commonly associated with laboratory experiments than with art exhibitions. That Feyrer and Henderson are able to remind viewers that experiments in science and in art are not unrelated is testament to their witchy ways.

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Michael Turner

Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson, Bottles Under the Influence

Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson, Bottles Under the Influence (2012), production still, 16mm film [Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Burnaby BC, Sep 6-Dec 4]


 Sun, Nov 6, 2016