Presentation House Gallery Auction
We are huge fans of the Presentation House Gallery’s consistently thought-provoking programming. Their fundraisers are just as carefully conceived and celebrated for the noteworthy selections presented for auction offering some rare opportunities to access work by emerging and established artists, both local and international. The first incarnation of the September Issue, their newly rebranded annual art auction takes place on September 22 with cocktails, dinner and dancing to music programmed by renowned artist Stan Douglas – as well as the exciting live auction of more than twenty works of art. The broad range of artists featured coincides with Presentation House Gallery’s dedication to exhibiting art that fosters dialogue and engages diverse audiences. September Issue #1 offers a unique selection of artworks by internationally renowned artists like Rodney Graham to under-appreciated talents such as Enn Erisalu. Be sure to check their website often for updates on available works. Presentation House has just confirmed their upcoming much-deserved and much-needed move to the Cates Building on the North Shore so this is an exciting moment to support an important local institution (as well as score a fantastic work of art) as they start the process of expansion. Here are five gems from their upcoming auction we urge you to consider for your collection:
Between Dreaming and Living #5, 1985
cibachrome print, edition 2 of 3
61 x 50.8 cm
Courtesy of the Artist and TrépanierBaer Gallery, Calgary
$3,000 – $4,000
Vikky Alexander has been a consistent participant in the dialogue around photography in Vancouver, working in this media (and others) since her return from New York where she was very much at the heart of the pivotal movement questioning the authority and authenticity of the image through appropriation. Between Dreaming and Living #5 is a seductive early work constructed from layering two slides together – a West Coast landscape and an image of a beautiful woman’s sultry gaze similar to those found in fashion magazines. Both idealized depictions in their own right, the landscape and figure reflect the types of fantasy-inducing aspirations and desires commonly promoted in mass media. In marrying these two slides, Alexander unites seemingly oppositional forces in photography – the compulsion to depict and the compulsion to construct – and the title of the work also makes playful reference to both the reality and fiction captured in this photograph. Alexander’s work is in numerous significant collections including the National Gallery of Canada, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Inverted Drip Painting, 2012
liquid acrylic on linen, gold leaf frame
101.6 x 76.2 cm
Courtesy of the Artist
$80,000 – $90,000
Rodney Graham’s conceptually rigorous and highly original practice which includes photography, video, sculpture and installation has made him one of the most important artists working today. For over a decade now Graham has also been creating paintings and drawings, and Presentation House Gallery has managed to secure one of his highly desirable Drip Paintings for auction which quotes the work of modernist painter Morris Louis. Like Louis, Graham has created works in this series by pouring paint down the raw canvas. He explored this process in his monumental photographic triptych The Gifted Amateur, Nov. 10th, 1962, 2007 which features the artist himself in an impeccably styled modernist home posturing as an archetypal painter at work. The Gifted Amateur links Graham’s Drip Paintings to his larger performative and photographic practice and by consciously referring to Louis’ process in these works, Graham plays on both the artist and viewer’s canonized and romanticized notions of the art historical figure. Graham has exhibited extensively internationally and his work is in major public institutions around the world.
Wax Crayon Composition Study #2, 2011
24 wax crayons on glass
43.1 x 33 cm
Courtesy of the Artist
$2,000 – $3,000
Emerging artist Jeremy Hof is at the fore of artists in Vancouver exploring the possibilities of painting. Hof pushes the boundaries of the media by creating works that act as both painting and sculpture – his process often involves building up layer upon layer of paint to a critical mass before stripping away a portion which reveals the very process of the work’s construction. In Wax Crayon Composition Study #2, with a painterly sensibility, Hof has applied melted crayon onto the verso of a glass surface creating a blurred riot of vibrating colour – the work celebrates the relationship of different hues as they vie beside one another. Hof’s labour-intensive works are in high demand since their process can dictate that they are months or years in the making. In 2008, Hof was the recipient of the prestigious RBC painting prize and in 2011 his work was acquired by the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Robe du Soir de Grès, Paris, 1984
contemporary inkjet print
59.5 x 42 cm
Courtesy of the Artist
$3,000 – $5,000
Frank Horvat was already an accomplished photographer in the early 1950s when he met Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson on his first trip to Paris and decided to pursue a career in photojournalism. Known primarily for his highly influential fashion photography, he applied the strategies of photojournalism – capturing real life situations using a 35mm camera and available light – to this field and helped define its “Golden Age”. In Robe du Soir de Grès, Horvat has captured an evening dress by Grès, the French haute couture fashion house, in an unconventional manner – the model holds her arms up above her head, obscuring her face and creating a lavish sculptural column of sensuous fabric. The work comes from a series shot for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Magazine in which Horvat was allowed full creative control, resulting in this progressive and unusual image. Horvat’s work has been published in major fashion magazines including Elle, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar and his photographs are in major public collections internationally including the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Look for Presentation House Gallery’s presentation of his solo exhibition opening in October, 2012
Courtesy of the artist and Winchester Galleries, Victoria
$15,000 – $18,000
Michael Morris is renowned for his technically astonishing and visually dazzling abstract paintings that often incorporate sculptural elements such as mirrors that act to engage the viewer with the work. Recently, for his exhibition at the Satellite Gallery, Morris recreated five versions in different colours of Palomar, a work which was originally shown in Younger Vancouver Sculptors, an important exhibition curated by Alvin Balkind for the UBC Fine Arts Gallery in 1968. Palomar is based on Morris’ screenprint that was inspired by the Palomar Observatory in San Diego County. Recalling many of his abstract paintings, Palomar consists of a field of colour constructed from numerous vertically divided sections. In this three-dimensional interpretation of a two-dimensional image, Morris explores volume and space, made more complicated by his use of transparent Plexiglas. Morris has been an influential figure in the West Coast art scene since the 1960s and in early 2012 his work was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Morris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery.
Here and Elsewhere is a media sponsor of the 2012 Presentation House Auction