SWEAT: Gaye Chan

SWEAT: Gaye Chan

Launch: Saturday April 27 7-9pm

Saturday, April 27 to Friday, May 3, 2013 (please see performance schedule below)

Access Gallery / Project Space 222 E. Georgia St.


Part theater and part demonstration, SWEAT features artist Gaye Chan weaving baskets in a week-long performance. The baskets are made with bale straps, a common detritus of global capitalism found around nearly every box shipped across the globe, binding box to box, paper to paper, and everything to pallets. Chan has salvaged the bale straps from the streets, and from neighboring shopkeepers who save them for her. Some have agreed to do so in exchange for a finished basket, others have agreed just because.

Taking place in a Chinatown storefront encased in a semi-transparent white cube, Chan’s labor is visible only by her working hands inserted through ‘sleeves’ emanating from the cube’s back wall. Through one and the same body and action, SWEAT materializes simultaneous multiple subject positions created by capitalism – the devalued/invisible worker and the reified artist, both ever haunted by the deskilled consumer. The three same subject positions that exist everyday, albeit less acknowledged, in Vancouver’s old Chinatown as it undergoes its most recent episode of development.

Basket making instructions (in Chinese and English) are downloadable from nomoola.com/baskets

SWEAT is a part of Hawaii artist Gaye Chan’s ongoing work with EATING IN PUBLIC, a collective that she co-founded in 2003, and continues to serve as the hub of all of its multi-pronged activities. EIP implements interventions in public and private space “to rekindle the desire for the commons… and demonstrate that it is possible to take care of ourselves while we take care of each other.” EIP has initiated projects at over 800 sites that facilitate autonomous anti-capitalist exchanges and collective actions in a variety of forms.

Sat, April 27: 1 pm to 5 pm; 7 pm to 9 pm
Sun, April 28: 2 pm to 5 pm
Mon, April 29: 4 pm to 7 pm
Tues, April 30 1 pm to 4 pm
Weds, May 1: 4 pm to 7 pm
Thurs, May 2: 1 pm to 4 pm
Fri, May 3: 4 pm to 7 pm