Monte Clark Gallery

November 15th, 2011

Location: #105, 525 Great Northern Way Vancouver, BC  View Google Map
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Monte Clark GalleryMonte Clark Gallery

Run by the animated and age-defying Monte Clark, his eponymous gallery, which has an additional outpost in Toronto, represents both emerging and senior artists such as Mark Lewis, Canada’s representative to the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009. With many of his artists living and working in Vancouver, the city and its environs figure prominently as a subject in many of his artists’ work. While his artists work in all media, the gallery is particularly renowned for its representation of photographers including Chris Gergley, Howard Ursuliak and Stephen Waddell, all of whom have been influenced by the long shadow of prominent Vancouver-based artists like as Stan Douglas, Rodney Graham, Jeff Wall and Ian Wallace (who collectively are often referred to as the ‘Vancouver School of Photoconceptualists’, although they themselves appear to ignore the term.) Recently, a trend away from photography has been noted in Monte Clark’s stable. In early 2011, Roy Arden, a senior artist best known for his poetic photographs of the unsavoury back alleys and construction sites of Vancouver and its suburbs (and an artist associated with the ‘Vancouver School’), exhibited a surprising mix of collage, painting and sculpture at the Contemporary Art Gallery. Similarly, artists like Karin Bubaš and Evan Lee have explored painting with startlingly satisfying results. You may be alternately welcomed or barked at by the gallery’s beautiful grey standard poodle, Asher. (EL)


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