New Line has Arrived at The Monochrome Shop!!

Negative Comic Sans Zero
The monochrome shop is excited to introduce its newest product line, Mark Cunningham’s Negative Comic Sans Zero charcoal drawings. Mark will be spending time in the gallery producing as many of these as he can before the end of the project. Each drawing is a one off, is 9″x12″, and can be purchased for $50 unframed or $100 framed.

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Ithaca Smith’s Artist Talk: “On Blue in Green”

 

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Detail of “Sleepy Daddy” by Ithaca Smith, featured in the video “Blue in Green”

On Wednesday September 17th, Ithaca Smith gave an artist’s talk at Unit/Pitt Projects regarding her collaborative video piece with Andrew Smith, “Blue in Green”. The work itself is a 22:24 minute black and white single channel video loop, which also accesses dance and painting as disciplines. Listen in to the recording of Ithaca here, as she speaks about the pleasures of amateurism and intimacy, muscle memory in both painting and jazz improvisation, and engaging in the practice of the monochrome.

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MONOCHROMES MONOCHROMES MONOCHROMES and more

This week we’re coming back from the summer break by SELLING OUT! Yes, OUR BUYER WENT WILD, and we’re OVERSTOCKED. Nobody will undersell us on this AMAZING SELECTION OF MONOCHROME PAINTINGS. So get here early on Friday, September 12.

Actually don’t get here until 8pm, because we won’t be opening the doors until then (part of #SWARM15). The Monochrome Shop, an installation, exhibition, and sales/performance by Andrew Smith, Ithaca Smith, and Mark Cunningham, runs until October 11.

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UNIT/PITT Society AGM, Thursday September 4, 6pm

Women anarchist militiaThe UNIT/PITT Society for Art and Critical Awareness, which operates UNIT/PITT Projects, will be having its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, September 4 2014, at 6pm. The meeting will be held at 236 East Pender Street. Members, new members, and observers are welcome.

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End of summer at U/P: Behind the Wall closing, Chief Dan George reading series, Projector Verse

behind-the-wall-closingWe’re at the end of a hot summer in Vancouver, with a burst of activity to end the month of August. First is the closing reception for Behind the Wall x In Front of the Wall on Friday, August 22nd at 8pm. This project built slowly, from a collection of personal objects, then video installation, and is now complete with recently-added works by Alex Heilbron, Lauren Marsden, and Monsters. This week is the only chance to see the finished exhibition, either at the closing party on Friday, or during gallery hours until the end of the day on Saturday, August 23rd.

projector-verse-august-24After that, on Sunday, August 24th at 1pm, Kootenay School of Writing is presenting another installment of Projector Verse. In this series, writers are asked to interpret and speak about an already-existing written work, which is projected on the wall while they talk. What is really striking about these afternoon events is the quality of the discourse; the people who attend ask smart, incisive questions, sometimes contesting each others’ arguments, and creating an atmosphere where interpreting a literary work is not an exercise but art in itself.

dan-georgeOn Thursday, August 28th, we’ll be hosting another literary event, part of the Chief Dan George Reading Series organized by the Tsleil-Waututh Nation Sacred Trust. Elder Fred John, Wil George, Ray Hsu, reg johanson, Jen Currin, and Rachelle Rueben George will read works by Chief Dan George, and their own poetry, in an evening hosted by Stephen Collis and Christine Leclerc.

All that, plus the final evening of our Summer Screening Series on Wednesday, August 27. After that, we’ll be taking a very short break to get ready for the September launch of the Monochrome Shop, Wrong Wave 2014 in October, and a few other things.

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Behind the Wall talk, Lauren Marsden launch, reception, Sunday August 17

Behind the wall - listening party and project launch
This is the week that Behind the Wall x In Front of the Wall moves into its final phase, with more works arriving, a talk by the curators, premiere of an audio work by Lauren Marsden, the arrival of new works by Alex Heilbron and Monsters, the launch of a new book, and the closing event on Friday August 22nd.

The exhibition continues until Saturday, August 23rd, so there’s a limited amount of time to take this in. The curatorial discussion and Lauren Marsden project launch starts at 4 pm on Sunday; the closing event is at 8pm on Friday; public hours are Wednesday to Saturday, noon to 5pm.

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This week’s film: L’Homme Qui Ment by Alain Robbe-Grillet

The past two weeks of screenings of Marguerite Duras’ work have been fantastic, thanks to everyone who came out and shared their interest in both Nathalie Granger and India Song.  This coming week, we will be screening a film from one of her contemporaries, L’Homme Qui Ment by Alain Robbe-Grillet.

Much more well known for his novels, Alain Robbe-Grillet was the driving force behind the development of the New Novel (or Le Nouveau Roman).  His writing deals largely with the absence of meaning or a recognized truth, wherein there are multiple alternations of each story. The alibi, the excuse, the substantiation are the functions of his work. None of the proposed events within the story are guaranteed, and all are present.  Maurice Blanchot described the sensation of reading his work “as if we were seeing everything, without anything being visible. The result is strange.”

His obsession with violent crime and the erotic are paranoid and anxiety- and guilt-ridden, and his work is often highly problematic because of this.  He was a self-professed sexual deviant, who claims to write in order to gain control over his desires. His writing, as well as his films, are comprehensive examinations of the male gaze, which are taken on with the emergent dedication of a last resort.

Come out to 236 East Pender Street on Wednesday August 20th at 9pm for a short reading of his writing, and a screening of L’Homme Qui Ment.

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This Week’s Film: Nathalie Granger by Marguerite Duras.

Screenshots from Nathalie Granger (left) and India Song (right)

Screenshots from Nathalie Granger (left) and India Song (right)

Thanks to everyone who came to the screening of La Cicatrice Intérieure by Philippe Garrel while the fireworks were happening last week. For the next two weeks, we are featuring two films written and directed by Marguerite Duras, a prominent member of the Rive Gauche film movement, and a prolific novelist. The first is Nathalie Granger, screening tonight at 9pm, and the second is India Song, which will be screened next Wednesday. The Summer Screening Series continues until the beginning of September.

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This week’s film: La Cicatrice Intérieure by Philippe Garrel, feat. Nico

Summer Screening Series - La Cicatrice Intérieure by Philippe Garrel, feat. NicoThanks to everyone who came to the screening of Le Révélateur by Philippe Garrel on a cool, dark, rainy night. This week’s film is also a work by Garrel, La Cicatrice Intérieure, which features Nico. You can watch the film at any time of the day or night in our window (soundtrack is on 89.7 FM), or come to the screening event on Wednesday, July 30, at 9pm. The Summer Screening Series continues until the beginning of September.

Or, you can watch it here:

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tonight: Le Révélateur by Philippe Garrel, 9pm

Le Révélateur by Philippe GarrelTonight (Wednesday, July 23) we start our series of casual summer screenings at the Pitt, curated and introduced by Brynn McNab, with a viewing of Le Révélateur by Philippe Garrel at 9pm. Described by Ubuweb:

Surreal story of a 4-year old boy (Stanislas Robiolles) and his parents (Bernadette Laffont & Laurent Terzieff) made by Philippe Garrel days after May-1968 and student revolution defeat.

The film consists of starkly-lit tableaux which move deceptively slowly, a compelling mixture of fluid motion and static images. You can join us at 9pm for the screening, or view the film in our window at any hour of the day or night this week, or you can watch it here:

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