ACME Studios will be hosting a closing show for the current exhibit in the Labyrinth Gallery Friday, September 23rd, from 6-11pm 112 East Hastings Street.
The finale will feature artists in attendance within a more intimate atmosphere- closed studios with viewing opportunity, drinks and a casual environment.
Back alley entrance, between Hastings and Pender, look for the doorman in an ACME Studios shirt.
The ACME Studio Building (112 E. Hastings) currently houses the Labyrinth Artist Society which is an artist-run collective, and has recently founded the Labyrinth Gallery; a back-alley entrance curatorial space between Columbia and Main street. In coordination with the City’s mandate to develop the 100 block/south side Hastings a series of fundraiser art exhibits will be presented; creatively utilizing the building’s rear foyer, main, and descending stairwell, main floor foyer, ascending to the top floor.
ACME Studios houses 18 studios, 3 galleries (GAM, Remmington & Labyrinth), and over 40 artists, ranging from photographers, painters, sculptors, jewellery designers, textile artists, and musicians.
Friday, September 9, 6 pm – 2 am Labyrinth Gallery @ ACME Studios Vancouver’s largest organized studio building, ACME Studios, will open its doors on Friday, September 9, 2011 for SWARM 12. The recently formed Labyrinth Art Society will present an exhibition from within ACME’s eighteen studios housing the building’s forty plus artists with works ranging from photography, painting, sculpture and video to design, jewelry and more. The non-profit Labyrinth Art Gallery (labyrinthgallery.org) is the venue: a back-alley entrance exhibition space between Columbia and Main streets that creatively utilizes the building’s stairwells and foyers over three floors. Curated by the Labyrinth Art Society with the assistance of the artists in the building, this exhibition will showcase the best works from some of the city’s most promising emerging artists in the spirit of collectivity and collaboration. Proceeds from all sales will be returned to the aritsts and used in coordination with the City’s mandate to develop the 100 block/south side of Hastings Street in a series of fundraiser art exhibits. The event will include a cash bar, cheese plates, music and dancing. The lower level of the building will house the Planet Claire Pop-Up Shop (http://www.planetclaire.ca/), featuring sustainable and ethically produced fashion for both men and women as well as jewellery, art and home décor, all of which is hand-selected by Claire from mostly local designers. Two exhibitions will take place simultaneously with the Labyrinth Gallery’s reception. The Remington Gallery (108 E Hastings) will feature works by resident artist Ross Lastname and the Gam Gallery (110 E Hastings) will present the hot rolled steel sculptures of Marina Glynn followed an evening of live music with Those Boys Cassidy and the Tishomingo String Band, by donation. For more information visit www.gamgallery.com. Swarm began in 1999 as an event to mark the launch of Vancouver’s artist-run centre programming season, bringing together some of the city’s most vital and innovative contemporary art spaces to open their doors on a single frenetic evening. Swarm soon grew to a multi-night event, incorporating more and more of the city’s ephemeral artist-run initiatives: small DIY spaces, studios-turnedgalleries, roaming public projects, artist collectives, hybrid projects, and more. These initiatives join PAARC member centres to present a diverse spectrum of artistrun culture — the integral and innovative core of the city’s vibrant art community.
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Challenging Aboriginal cultural borders, ACME Studios announces the erecting of massive Aboriginal street art – a night of 18 open studios, three gallery receptions, live music and celebration all under one roof.
Vancouver, BC – Tuesday, Sept 6th, 2011
In Conjunction with artist Sonny Assu’s solo exhibition at The West Vancouver Museum on Sept 14th and ACME Studio building’s full open building crawl of Sept 9th– the artist has partnered with the building’s event and curatorial departments in erecting the 16 ft. x 8 ft. Coke – Salish piece on Hastings street.
|sonnyassu.com Regarded as a ‘Vanguard’ for his piece in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s exhibit, How Soon Is Now?, Sonny Assu continues to push the boundaries of contemporary art by challenging the perception of Aboriginal art.|
An interdisciplinary artist, Assu merges Aboriginal iconography with the aesthetics of popular culture to challenge the social and historical values placed upon both. An exploration of his mixed ancestry, his work appropriates or transforms items of consumer and popular culture to trace the lineage of his own personal life. Interested in ideas around Aboriginal issues, branding and new technologies, he works across many boundaries and disciplines and in doing so, reveals a ravishing oeuvre that speaks to many.
|ACME Studioslabyrinthartistsociety.org/Developed and founded in 2009 by David Dupery (The Rickshaw Theater, No Fun City, Narrow Lounge, Rumpus Room ) ACME studios houses over 40 artists and three galleries. Registered (by LGS) as a Non-Profit Society in 2011 The building exists as Vancouver’s largest organized studio block in Vancouver- featuring major interior and exterior curatorial projects over the next two years.|
Curated by: Neal E. Nolan
Curatorial statement by: Neal E. Nolan.
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Friday at 8:00pm – July 30 at 1:00am
Labyrinth Gallery – ACME Studios rear entrance
112 East Hastings
Misanthropy gallery founders, Neal Nolan, Eben Bender and Celia King will be hosting a series of exhibits throughout Vancouver this summer. Embracing the challenge of a variety of maladroit locations by manipulating an astute curatorial agenda, applying consideration into the medium of work, process and technical application of each exhibit in order to effectively maintain a cohesive aesthetic in conjunctive regards to each location and it challenges.
The first of this series, curated solely by Neal Nolan, with the special assistance of VIVO Vancouver, is situated as the founding exhibit at Labyrinth Gallery featuring a seven tier video installation and fundraiser presented by the Misanthropy Gallery curators for the ACME studio building in development of their Labyrinth Gallery exhibition space initiative.
The open themed selected work spans a variety of international artists including Postgraduate of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design Russell J Chartier. Whom, along with his video art practice, has also worked in Broadcast Television with various networks including A&E and The History Channel.
From London, UK, the exhibit also embraces artist Kiron Hussain, winner of the Animate Projects Award for Best Experimental Film at the London Short Film Festival, and our own local artist Brian Kent Gotro, class of 2000 BFA graduate from UBC Okanagan, who’s work has shown internationally in Hong Kong, Russia, Norway, Berlin, New York, Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg, Kelowna and Vancouver.
For additional information on these and other artists included in the exhibition please see Bios and links below.
*Friday, July 29th**, 2011*
8pm – 1am
Rear entrance- 112 E. Hastings
ACME Studio building.
As part of building towards the founding of the alley entrance curatorial space (Labyrinth Gallery), and in coordination with the City’s mandate to develop the 100 block/ south side Hastings alley between Columbia and Main street at 112 E.Hastings (ACME Studio building), a series of fundraiser art exhibits will be presented creatively utilizing the building’s rear foyer, main and descending stairwell, main floor foyer and assenting to the top floor.
l’esprit d’escalier Artists:
Brian Kent Gotro
Riel McGuire: Poeta Productions
Neal E. Nolan et Darren Read
Gameboysound: Feat- Sarah M. Zwaryck
The mandate of the Labyrinth Gallery is to support a variety of creative media to both artists and curators resident to the ACME Studio Building and local to Vancouver.
The gallery hosts a panel of directors accepting open curatorial submissions starting August 1st, 2011. (Labyrinth Artist Society)