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Body Slam

Vancouver Art Gallery
Vancouver BC thru Sep 5, 2005

Tracey Emin - I’ve Got It All
Tracey Emin, I’ve Got It All, (2000), inkjet print [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, to Sept 5] Courtesy the artist and Jay Jopling/White Cube, London

The human body has emerged as a dominant subject of contemporary artistic practice over the past three decades. Body Slam is a set of four provocative contemporary exhibitions showing at the VAG this summer which focus on the human form. The show features exhibits by Franz West, one of Europe’s leading contemporary sculptors; Theodore Wan, the late Vancouver photo-conceptualist; Wang Du, a Paris-based, Chinese-born sculptor; and a group exhibit entitled Body: New Art from the U.K. Body Slam is being presented in juxtaposition with an exhibition of historical works by the legendary sculptor Rodin.

The more than 25 works by Austrian artist Franz West include interactive sculptures, as well as, pieces illustrating his wickedly subversive humour and sense of the grotesque. West has exhibited in Documenta IX and X, the Venice Biennale and Skulptur Projekte, Münster and had solo exhibitions at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; the Renaissance Society, Chicago and the Kunsthalle, Basel. Theodore Wan's exhibit is comprised of a series of medical photographs from the 70s and 80s that bridge scientific illustration, performance and self-portraiture. Wan submitted his body to various procedures, instruments and technologies of medical examination and treatment to create the work.

Wang Du’s Parade series presents elaborate three-dimensional figures inspired by two-dimensional images found in magazines, newspapers, television and the Internet. Wan's exhibition, in three installations, addresses a variety of topical subjects including politics, the military, celebrity, ecology and sexuality. Body: New Art from the U.K. explores new contemporary works by 14 influential artists, including some from the yBa (young British artists). These artists view the human body both as a site of social dissent and as a subject of complex social interactions.


Allyn Cantor

 Mon, Jun 13, 2005