The Art Gallery at Evergreen kicks off its twentieth anniversary season with Theatre Theatre, an exhibition from 10 September 2016 through 30 October 2016 that brings together four video works that live in the space where visual art meets theatre in the moment just before the curtain rises and the moment just after it falls. Building upon the Evergreen Cultural Centre’s unique position as home to the only professional theatre and professional art gallery in the region, the exhibition will draw together the multiple disciplines that have come to define the Evergreen’s artistic history and contribution to the communities its programs serve.
Theatre Theatre takes the theatrical curtain as its starting point. Prior to a performance in the theatre, the curtain hides from the view of the spectator the material facts of a performance: actors, props, sets, etc. or, in other words, it obscures the scene of the action.
The spaces behind or in front of a closed curtain are spaces of anticipation about what is to come once the curtain is raised. The spaces behind or in front of a closed curtain are spaces of anticipation about what is to come once the curtain drops.
These four videos are presented in a unique mise en scene within the gallery where the works themselves create an intriguing mise en abyme in which, alone and together, they refer to the setting that they have created. Each work is presented in its own particular setting. Yet, all the works share the same gallery space simultaneously with the inter- play of light and sound from each work creating the envi- ronment for each and every other other work.
Deborah Edmeades: Deborah Edmeades was born in the UK and lived in South Africa before moving to New York City, where she lived for 17 years. She currently lives in Vancouver. Edmeades has shown work in the US, Canada, UK, Europe, Mexico, Brazil and Korea and has received grants form Franklin Furnace Archive (New York) as well as serving on their peer review panel. She was also a guest lecturer of performance art at the University of Texas at Austin.
Adad Hannah: Adad Hannah was born in New York in 1971, spent his childhood in Israel and England, and moved to Vancouver in the early 1980’s. He lives and works between Montreal and Vancouver. Hannah received his BFA from Vancouver’s Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 1998 and his MFA from Montreal’s Concordia University in 2004. His work has been exhibited interna- tionally including solo and group exhibitions at National Gallery of Canada, Liverpool Biennial, Vancouver Art Gallery and the Samsung LEEUM Museum (Seoul) among others. He will be collaborating for second time with acclaimed Quebec filmmaker Denys Arcand for the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.
Oliver Husain is a filmmaker and artist based in Toronto. In 2015, his solo exhibition beside the point was shown at Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto; and his work was included in Architecture by Artists at 221a, Vancouver, Depth of Perception at Oakville Galleries and Magick Lantern Cycle at Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg. In 2016, Husain’s work was featured in a group exhibition at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and a solo exhibition at Gallery Clages, Cologne. Later this year his work will be exhibited at The Galleria Mall, Toronto and The Western Front, Vancouver.
Carol Sawyer lives and works in Vancouver. She has exhibited widely in both solo and group shows across Canada and in the U.S., and been the recipient of numer- ous Canada Council and BC Arts Council grants. She has completed three photo-based projects for the City of Van- couver Public Art Program, the most recent of which is a large multi-panel photographic work permanently installed at the National City Works Yard. Following the exhibition of her The Natalie Brettschneider Archive at Carleton University Art Gallery in 2016, she will present this exhibi- tion at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in the fall of 2016. Sawyer is also a singer, and frequently performs improvised music with her ensemble ion Zoo.