Reading by Donato Mancini and Music by Nuthre (Jeff Morton)
510 Fort Street
Friday, June 23rd
Donato Mancini is a Vancouver based writer, composer and media artist.
Mancini will give a reading from his latest collection of poetry, Ligatures (New Star Books, 2005), which was recently short listed by the 2006 ReLit Awards.
In a series of interrelated suites, Donato Mancini’s début collection revisits, rearticulates and remixes key concepts behind the most radical writing experiments of the twentieth century: the use of linguistic restrictions to generate text; the incorporation of
found elements; typographical exploration of the visual properties of letters.
“Ligatures is a splendid read, a wake-up
call to both the eyes and the brain.”
Steve McCaffery, Apollinaire’s Bookshoppe
Glitch artist Nuthre (“nous-tres”), fresh from a European tour, will complete the evening with experimental electronica ranging from abstract explorations of pop music and Saskatchewan field recordings, to embarrassingly catchy, melodically-effusive metro-dork-outs; among other rhythmically challenging sounds.
Martin Golland (Guelph ON), Karina Kalvitis (Victoria), Robert Randall (Victoria), Curated by Roy Green (Victoria)
Opening Friday, June 2, 8pm until July 22, 2006
Artists’ Talk: Saturday, June 3, Noon
Spurred by the retreat into the privacy of the domestic space, this exhibit deliberates ideas of the home: as status symbol, architecture, shelter/security exterior and interior decor, investment/commodity, and as a site of personal expression and identity. This exhibit is curated by Roy Green (artist, poet), and features recent work by Martin Golland (Guelph ON), Karina Kalvaitis (Victoria) and Robert Randall (Victoria).
Martin Golland's new series of circular shaped oil paintings are studies in the perception and the depiction of interior spaces. Golland's canvases are anything but sedate: his interiors are as dizzying as a clothes dryer tornado. Arches, doorways staircases, windows and rooms bend, morph and merge in a painterly balance between order and chaos.
Karina Kalvaitis creates sculptural tableaux, which accentuate "the fine line between homes and cages." Kalvaitis combines elements of one-of-a-kind
designer furniture, 1950s interior design motifs with brilliant color schemes, and exotic fabric accoutrements. Her sculpture is reminiscent of both the circus and the nursery, and is enlivened by a similar whimsicality.
Robert Randall's small "portraits" of suburban dream homes are appropriated from vintage British Columbian real estate advertisements. These intimately scaled oil paintings on recycled pieces of lumber explore the relationship between the natural landscape and the man-made alterations to it. In addition to small paintings, Randall will be paint one of his images directly on the walls of Open Space. His enigmatic images provoke questions about the apartments, homes and businesses we inhabit.