To celebrate the closing of our exhibition. We invite you to join us at the Book Launch of the Unfixed, The Entangled Works of Chris Curreri and Laurie Kang. 

Critics and catalogue contributors, Sky Goodden and Jacquelyn Z Ross, will be in conversation to discuss how the idea of containers or vessels function as through-lines in the exhibition. Curator, Meredith Preuss, will be moderating.

FREE ADMISSION: To get your personal copy, please email admin@smithfoundation.ca. Each book is $30. 

June 5th, 2021 at 2 pm – 3 pm (PST)

Meeting ID: 891 7128 4844           Passcode: 405639

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89171284844?pwd=WUVYbWFvdXVqZGJaWjEyendST24yQT09

Unfixed is currently showing at Gordon Smith Gallery, every Thursday from 12:30- 5:30, by appointment only. BOOK HERE!

 

Please note​​​​​​​, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gordon Smith Gallery will be open by appointment only beginning April 22nd, 2021.​

 

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Thursdays: 12:30pm – 5:30pm 

 

Please make 1 booking for each individual visitor. There are a maximum of 10 bookings available per time slot.

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Time: Apr 10, 2021 02:00 PM Vancouver
 
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Seem, Chris Curreri, 30.5 x 30.5 cm, Gelatin silver fibre-based print, 2016 Courtesy of the Artist and Daniel Faria Gallery | @dfariagallery ⁠
Mother (detail), Laurie Kang, 27.5″ x 8″,  stainless steel mixing bowls, pigmented silicone, cast aluminum peach pit, powermesh, rubber, polymer clay, cast pewter, 2019
 
Unfixed explores how the concepts of fixing and unfixing operate as metaphorical and artistic strategies in the work of two Toronto-based Canadian artists: Chris Curreri and Laurie Kang. Through works of photography, installation, and sculpture, these artists suggest a network of connectivity between traditional understandings around photography, art history, and intimate personal narratives. They challenge the notion that living things operate through distinct categories and domains, and their work suggests that photography itself creates a rhizomatic, interrelated relationship between seemingly disparate ways of thinking about our bodies, the political, and the social.
 
Central to photography is fixing an image in time and space, thus capturing an authentic record of an event or moment. Yet the physical reality of the process and the inherent bias of the artist’s eye rarely fulfill that promise. Rather, materials change over time, and what’s left outside the frame is as important as what’s included. To fix and to unfix can be used as lenses through which to view the ebbs and flows of social tides, many of which have been at the forefront of global conversations throughout the last year; the COVID-19 pandemic, which highlighted the precariousness of our health, livelihoods, and relationships, has demanded the rethinking of our social norms so that we can protect one another. Likewise, the dismantling of monuments to racist leaders and imperialists throughout the summer of 2020, and the renewed understanding of the corruptibility of democratic institutions, signalled a social unfixing that was long in the works. That which was once taken for granted as unchanging has been called into question: that which was fixed became unfixed.
 
 

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE AS OF MARCH 19TH, 2020

 

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE AS OF MARCH 19TH, 2020

 
 
 
 
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The Smith Foundation is honoured to be the proud new owner of a 100 year old Steinway & Sons baby grand piano. Donated by Kathryn Allison in memory of her mother Barbara Allison, a friend and student of Gordon Smith.

The donation of the Steinway piano is in memory of my mother, Barbara Allison. She trained as an opera singer, but when she became a single parent, she went back to school to become a teacher. She met Gordon Smith when she took his Fine Arts Teaching Methods course at UBC. They became great pals and he encouraged her to nurture every child’s creativity, not just the prodigies. Gordon Smith inspired my mother’s teaching practice, and made it possible for me to paint murals all over my bedroom walls. She relented, only because he approved!

Kathryn Allison
Lixia Li plays the 100-year-old Steinway & Sons baby grand piano gifted to the Gordon & Marion Smith Foundation by Kathryn Allison. Photo by Cindy Goodman.