Eight Ounces Half a Pound: Guadalupe Martinez, Katherine Soucie, Tommy Ting
28 June – 8 Aug, 2014
Opening Reception Friday 27 June, 2014, 7:00 pm
Yee Fung Toy Society Singers performance at the opening reception, 7:00pm
Eight Ounces Half a Pound considers lost local histories of labour that have been silenced or overwritten through time. Referring to an ancient Chinese idiom, the phrase “half a pound, right ounces” was sung by ‘70s Canto-Pop star Samuel Hui — who gained notoriety for incorporating working class colloquialisms into his lyrics — and suggests that no matter what our efforts may be, we perpetually work to the same ends. Presenting the work of three exceptional emergent artists, Eight Ounces Half a Pound addresses the ghosts of those racialized labourers who once inhabited Vancouver, and the lost material archive of their experience and skill. Katherine Soucie works with pre-consumer waste from the textile industry, binding cast-off, discarded fabrics to create uncanny forms that recall the absent bodies of the workers themselves. Tommy Ting’s sculpture creates a facsimile of the dubiously dubbed “Iron Chink” machine installed in Steveston canneries at the turn of the twentieth century, which, as its name implies, was meant to replace the (dreadfully underpaid) Chinese fish butchers. Guadalupe Martinez, whose site-specific, research-based practice is concerned with ideas of dispossession and belonging, gathers detritus that might speak to to the neighborhood’s invisible pasts, assembling them within the gallery space as a vestige of lost movements, knowledge, lives and labour.
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Access Gallery acknowledges the generous support of the Canada Council, British Columbia Arts Council, the Government of British Columbia, the City of Vancouver, our members, donors and volunteers.