Built on an extremely valuable piece of land, Bloedel Conservatory was nearly closed in 2009 due to poor attendance, The fact that it remains as a utopic structure, while enduring the pressures of society around it, is both absurd and arguably invaluable. It contains and cultivates remote habitats in idealized realms, and is advertised as a container of healing properties for society. The experiential and historical consequences of the attributes of Bloedel Conservatory; its individuals, natural organisms, and structure, blends a host of contradictions. In this, there is an implied futurism within the cross-pollination of (structured) nature and (expansive) architecture.
Madison Killo is an artist and curator living in Vancouver, Canada. She received her BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2014. In December 2014, she curated the exhibition ‘Beginning the Shape’ at the Or Gallery. Through sculptural installations, her work architects atmospheres through the lens of existential, metaphysical and ontological affects. Structured through a theoretical and meditative process, they focus on the presentation of space as platform for experience.
Patrick Campbell is an artist and curator based in Vancouver, Canada. He received his BFA from Emily Carr in 2010. His work highlights and acknowledges the presence of societal histories. Informed by his formal training in photography, he seeks to preserve the lasting ephemera of these architectures. His practice often uses traditional cinematic modes of production – situated in installations that enhance the construction of place. The content of his work mediates between the public and the private, structuring narratives around fragments of the every day.