Mark your calendars! Vancouver’s best-loved, late-night art party returns on Friday, November 23, 2018! The theme for the Fuse Vancouver Art Gallery November 2018 is FUSE: Object Lessons.

In dialogue with the evocative fall exhibitions, this edition of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s signature evening will awaken guests to a new consciousness around how objects transmit, transfer and emanate their material wisdom to the world.

Featured Performers at the Fuse Vancouver Art Gallery November 2018: No Fun Radio | Jamey Braden | Guadalupe Martinez with Special Guests | Chandra Melting Tallow | Jeneen Frei Njootli | Immigrant Lessons | Todd-Rod Skimmons Simmons

With FUSE, the Gallery comes alive with art, music and performance. Since its inception in 2005, thousands of visitors have converged at the Gallery to experience innovative and experimental live art, explore the exhibitions on view and relax with friends in the FUSE artist bars.

What can objects teach us? How do we learn from them? Do their meanings change when brought together as a collection? At this upcoming edition of FUSE, the kinds of knowledge that objects hold is considered, as well as how they transmit, transfer and emanate their material wisdom to the world.

FUSE: Object Lessons takes its inspiration from the intricate gowns presented in Guo Pei: Couture Beyond. Blending Chinese cultural tradition and heritage with contemporary aesthetics, Guo Pei’s haute couture creations exemplify how a seemingly simple object—a dress—can be elevated beyond a functional object. FUSE: Object Lessons is further provoked by Dana Claxton: Fringing the Cube. In Claxton’s videos, photos and performances, she uses regalia, clothing and other culturally specific objects to think through representations of Indigenous peoples and cultures, speaking back to the ongoing impact of settler colonialism on contemporary life. Also on display this season are A Curator’s View: Ian Thom Selects and The Metamorphosis, exhibitions that are both drawn from the Gallery’s permanent holdings, highlighting the rich narratives that exist between these objects as a collection.

Specific to Claxton’s exhibition will be the program Small Practices of Deep Looking, which invites artists Jamey Braden, Guadaloupe Martinez, Chandra Melting Tallow and Jeneen Frei Njootli to respond to the specific force of single works within the show. Downtown Eastside independent radio station No Fun Radio will animate an artist bar as a space where sound and music function as therapy. Immigrant Lessons, a collective of artists and performers, use dance and fashion to confront discrimination and promote equity. Todd-Rod Skimmins Simmons brings his collection of records to the Gallery for an audio-visual reflection on the histories of music that he works with.

Object Lessons is curated by Pablo de Ocampo with production support by Erika Lim and the entire staff of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

· JAMEY BRADEN is an artist engaged with non-idiomatic, improvisational making-processes for creating material, text-based, moving image and performative works. Prioritizing impulse and a poetics of ambiguity, her works reach for release while often diverting into comedic and/or confrontational territory that implicates the viewer and invites participation.

· PABLO DE OCAMPO lives in Vancouver where he is Exhibitions Curator at Western Front, one of Canada’s leading artist-run centers for contemporary art and new music. He has curated screenings, exhibitions and performances at galleries, cinemas and festivals internationally. From 2006 to 2014, de Ocampo was artistic director of the Images Festival in Toronto, and in 2013, served as the programmer of the 59th Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, History is What’s Happening. He was a founding member of the collective screening series Cinema Project in Portland, OR.

· JENEEN FREI NJOOTLI is a Vuntut Gwitchin artist and co-creator of the ReMatriate Collective. In her interdisciplinary practice she uses media such as performance, sound and textiles. Much of her work deconstructs the history of the materials she uses. She investigates their relationship to trade, cultural regalia and the politics of Indigenous art.

· IMMIGRANT LESSONS is the soul child of dance artists Kevin Fraser and Alyssa Amarshi with Jason Bempong, Sophia Gamboa, Marisa Gold, Sharon Lee and Joshua Ongcol. Individually, their work has explored issues of sexual orientation and gender identity, feminism, racial discrimination, cultural erasure, intersectionality and mental illness. Immigrant Lessons is a combined front to aid in the creation of more opportunities in dance, stage performance, film, urban performance, concert dance, as well as community development for POC and other marginalized communities.

· GUADALUPE MARTINEZ is an artist, researcher and educator living in Vancouver. Her practice explores the poetic and political relationship between the body, memory and place. Through a research-based practice, Martinez creates installations and performances that elicit the invisibility of particular narratives and their historical relation to identity, time and place. Her ongoing research in performance art and pedagogy infuses her artistic and teaching practices through embodiment, phenomenology, healing, and the decolonization of bodies and institutions.

· CHANDRA MELTING TALLOW is an interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker and musician of mixed ancestry from the Siksika Nation. In 2017, they produced Rapture of Roses, a short film, live soundtrack and accompanying performance for Unsettling Colonial Gender Boundaries as part of Queer Arts Fest. Common themes throughout their practice involve confronting ghosts of intergenerational trauma and their relationship to the body, utilizing humour to subvert oppressive structures of power, and surrealism. In addition to co-editing Coney Island Babythey composed the original score for the film and have performed a live variation using electronic soundscapes.

· NO FUN RADIO (NFR) is an independent non-profit broadcasting platform with a focus on music, sound art and cultural production. It was initiated by a desire to give voice to underrepresented creative efforts and communities in Vancouver and the networks that support them. NFR invites local and visiting programmers to broadcast from the station’s location on East Cordova Street and also maintains its mobility—they have the ability to broadcast remotely from galleries, event spaces, studios, outdoor presentations, et cetera. They represent a diverse array of musical styles, cultural perspectives and opinions. The growth of NFR has meant an active engagement in Vancouver’s music and arts scene, not only representing events but also facilitating them as frequently as possible.

· TODD SIMMONS (aka Todd-Rod Skimmins aka TRodd aka Roddrick Von Skimminsonhiemerenstien Esq. Esq.) is an artist drawn to multiple media. Visual artist, DJ/producer and performance artist, Todd-Rod seeks to curate experiences by DJ-ing things, people and ideas with the audience’s emotions serving as both medium and canvas.

· When: 8:00 pm to 12:00 am | Friday, November 23, 2018
· Where: Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street
· Admission: $15 for Gallery Members | $29 General Admission
· Advance tickets are available for purchase online for both Members and General Admission
· A limited number of tickets will be available at the door


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