Believe it or not, Matt Browning’s grids are each hand-carved from a single block of wood. The artist explains: “The work itself began as a challenge, whether or not I could take a piece of wood or any material really, and, through a series of selective cuts, expand that material, spatially and volumetrically, in a way that never actually separates the material from itself.” Hear more from Browning in the Biennial audio guide.
[Matt Browning (b. 1984), Untitled, 2016. Wood, collapsed: 3 ½ x 3 ½ x 18 ¼ in (8.9 × 8.9 × 47.6 cm); expanded: 17 ¾ x 17 ¾ x 4 in (45.1 × 45.1 × 10.2 cm). Collection of the artist; courtesy the artist. Photograph by Maegan Hill-Carroll and Vancouver Art Gallery]
Places in Vancouer Henry should take his boyfriend and girlfriend:
- that gelato place with 100 flavours
- Stanley Park (Blue loves the trees there)
- Richmond Night Market
- all the botanical gardens (he’s Soft like that)
- all of the escape rooms too
- Fright Nights at the PNE
- the Laughing Men on Davie
- Actually all of Davie and Denman (it’s the gay area)
- Little Sisters (book store and sex shop… Important stuff)
- Vancouver Public Library (seven floors, looks like a colosseum)
- Wreck Beach
- and some not nude beaches too probably
- VAG (Vancouver Art Gallery, also where all the protests in the city start)
- Granville Island (art and fortune telling and yummy food)
- Stormcrow Tavern (NERD BAR)
- Science World
Also Saltspring Island (hippy community. Blue definitely knows some witches there)
Added bonus there’s s cool walk on the Sunshine Coast where there’s a bunch of troll faces carved into the trees… And they’d have to take the ferry. They would love the ferry.
Conversations on Art and Science: Henrik Håkansson: An Introduction
Tuesday, December 2, 6:00 p.m. SAIC Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr.
Swedish artist Henrik Håkansson is a naturalist who has repositioned his fascination with nature into the art world, over time becoming an accomplished amateur expert. Focusing on the minutiae of nature, but often presented on a grand scale, his projects combine the interests of a biologist, ethnologist, and artist, recalling the 19th-century explorers who documented the natural and cultural riches of then little-known lands and unknown environments. Håkansson’s recent exhibitions include Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden; MIMA Sound Space, Middlesbrough, UK; and Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver. He was included in the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014), Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama, Japan (2011), São Paulo Biennial (2003), and 50th Venice Biennale (2003).