Abbas Akhavan and Marina Roy: Neighbours
Curated by Jennifer Matotek, Director/Curator
June 30 to September 4, 2016
Artists Talk and Reception: Thursday, June 30, 6:00-9:00 pm
Abbas Akhavan and Marina Roy share an interest in domesticated landscapes, where natural and constructed worlds collide. Here, they locate the library and gallery as public sites for leisure, contemplation, observation, and play. They transform the gallery into a host of hybrid spaces: a sculptural installation developed together onsite; walls of hedges configured as an indoor landscape and threshold between spaces; and a projection of Roy’s hour-long cel and collage animation, Apartment, set in a fictional apartment complex which slowly decays while being taken over by various lifeforms.
By using commonplace materials and creating familiar (yet strange) domestic images, Neighbours also alludes to the home, a private site of hospitality and hostility, secrets, and discovery.
Abbas Akhavan’s practice ranges from site-specific ephemeral installations to drawing, video, sculpture, and performance. Akhavan is the recipient of the Kunstpreis Berlin (2012), the Abraaj Group Art Prize (2014) and the Sobey Art Award (2015).
Marina Roy is a Vancouver-based artist working across a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, animation, video, performance, and writing. She was a recipient of the VIVA Award in 2010, and is currently completing her second book, titled Queuejumping.
Image: Marina Roy, Apartment, 2009, animation, 56 minutes. Image courtesy of the artist.