Once it is a story it remains one or fades…

Once it is a story it remains one or fades…

September 10th – October 22nd, 2011

Opening Reception and SWARM12 Event: Friday, September 9th, 8pm

New Location: 222 E. Georgia St.

Gallery Hours: Tues. – Sat. 12-5pm

Artists’ talk at Access Gallery on Thursday, October 20th, 6:30PM

followed by

Long Table Dinner at the Irish Heather on Thursday, October 20th, 8:30PM (artists in attendance)

“If I told you that what you are about to read is not a story, but only appears to be a story, and if you then continued and read through the artifact that only appears to be a story, but in fact is not, and you understood it as a story, then in your mind it would be lodged as a story and nothing you or I could say to the contrary would change that. Once it is a story it remains one or fades. It could be a series of lies or mistakes, but nevertheless it is a story or it doesn’t exist.” —Fred Douglas
In celebration of Access’ twentieth year we are inviting artists to re-imagine, re-think, and/or re-present their works from past Access exhibitions. Taking its title from the above quote by Vancouver poet and artist Fred Douglas Once it is a story it remains one or fades… is the first of two exhibitions exploring the Access archive. Once it is a story… presents the histories, narratives, and lifespans of past projects. Thinking about Douglas’ comments on the fading, Once it is s a story… also explores the life of an art object, where original contexts fade and new readings emerge.
This exhibition brings together three projects previously presented at Access. Each work centers on complex layers of histories and narratives, the institutional (history of Access), the personal (those of the artists), and the local (Vancouver itself). Evan Lee and Herman Kao present a video work from their 1998 exhibition New Work, which used found footage from the X-Files of Mulder and Scully contemplating the existence of God. Kyla Mallett offers her Legendary Teens project from 2000 in which she photographed and surveyed a group of teens who hung out at a White Spot restaurant in Tsawwassen. Micheal Markowsky re-imagines his 2008 project Two Sad Swashbucklers which explored the tragic histories of Errol Flynn and Captain Vancouver. In conjunction with these works Access has also invited emerging Vancouver-based artist Lyndl Hall to work with our archive in the development of a new work.
Artist Bios:

Lyndl Hall is a Vancouver-based artist exploring lines and line-makers as a means for constructing and navigating the spaces we inhabit. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University, Montreal in 2006 and graduated with a Masters of Applied Arts in Visual Arts from Emily Carr University, Vancouver in 2010. Hall has exhibited and published her work nationally and internationally and has an upcoming solo exhibition at the Burnaby Art Gallery in Spring of 2012.

Herman Kao is an architect based in Vancouver. His studio koka architecture + design is engaged in architectural, graphic, web, and exhibition design.

Evan Lee is a visual artist from Vancouver. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include The Nature of Things, Kamloops Art Gallery,In Dialogue with Carr at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and Triumphant Carrot: The Persistence of Still Life, Contemporary Art Gallery. Herman and Evan have been collaborating on art, design and architecture projects for over twenty years.

Kyla Mallett completed her MFA at UBC in 2004. Her work consistently deals with the intersection of language and the social realm, utilizing pseudo-anthropological strategies of research, collecting and archiving. She has often focused on transgressive activities in such cultural arenas as adolescence, girlhood, feminism, academia and art, using interview/statistical research, installation, photography, sound and video. She has exhibited at such institutions as the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris, the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Alberta, Presentation House Gallery, Artspeak, ThreeWalls in Chicago, and the Mount St. Vincent University Gallery in Halifax. Mallett is an Assistant Professor in Visual Art and Graduate Studies at Emily Carr University.

Michael Markowsky recently moved to Vancouver from Los Angeles. He makes semi-abstract artwork inspired by the landscape, while riding inside or on top of moving cars, buses, boats, trains and airplanes. In November he will become the first artist to visit the North Pole, as part of the Canadian Forces Artist Program. Michael was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, where he graduated with honors from the Alberta College of Art. Michael also studied at Cooper Union (New York City) and the Royal College of Art (London, UK), and Art Center (Los Angeles) where he obtained his Master of Fine Arts Degree in 2002.
Access Gallery gratefully acknowledges the Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, City of Vancouver, our members and volunteers. Access is a member of the Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres.

For more information contact Access Gallery at: access@vaarc.ca