ABOUT FAÇADE FESTIVAL 2016
FAÇADE FESTIVAL 2016, an immersive and dynamic projection mapping experience, transformed the Robson Street façade of the Vancouver Art Gallery with the work of five Vancouver-based contemporary artists from August 30th to September 5th, 2016.
FAÇADE FESTIVAL 2016 was the 2nd year of the annual festival. The event aims to provide the City of Vancouver with a dynamic and interactive approach to place-making and visual art experience in the public realm. FAÇADE FESTIVAL 2016 takes cues from renowned visual arts festivals such as VIVID in Sydney, Australia, Luminato and Nuit Blanche in Toronto, which draw millions of attendees each year.
This public art project featured newly commissioned works by Eric Metcalfe, Barry Doupé, Rebecca Chaperon, Renée Van Halm, and Chris Shier and was organized by the Burrard Arts Foundation (BAF) in partnership with Microsoft and in collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery. In addition, technical mentorship was provided by projection mapping specialists, Go2 Productions.
Projections took place beginning at sunset from August 30th until September 5th. Each artist had a dedicated night from August 30th to September 3rd and on September 4th there was an encore presentation of all five artists’ works. The Grand Finale event took place on the evening of September 5th, kicking off at 8pm with a special projection-mapping presentation titled Divine Composition by Go2 Productions featuring exquisite time-lapse flower footage by famed cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg with a background score by renowned composer Alain Mayrand. This special presentation was shown again at 10:30pm. An encore of all artists’ works followed throughout the final evening.
LOCATION & TIMES
Vancouver Art Gallery, Robson Street side (Between Hornby and Howe Streets) from 8pm to 12am each evening.
August 30th – Eric Metcalfe
August 31st – Barry Doupé
September 1st – Rebecca Chaperon
September 2nd – Renée Van Halm
September 3rd – Chris Shier
Encore of all artists’ works
Projection mapping grand
finale event followed by
an encore of all artists’ works
Eric Metcalfe RCA
Eric Metcalfe epitomizes the avant-garde in Canadian art. Since the late 1960s, his art practice has crossed, and merged, disciplines: painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, printmaking, performance, video and film. His work has close ties with conceptual art and the Fluxus movement, which focused on the many intersections and blendings of different artistic media and disciplines, as well as contemporary cultural activities, especially jazz, which was an early interest and an important influence on Metcalfe. Born in Vancouver in 1940, Eric Metcalfe grew up in Victoria and was exposed to his lifelong passions of art and jazz as a boy. His first public show was in 1966, and in 1973, he co-founded Western Front, a pioneering, artist-run centre in Vancouver. In 1973, Eric (as his alter ego Dr. Brute) first painted the exterior of the Vancouver Art Gallery in his signature leopard spots as part of the Pacific Vibrations exhibitions. Mr. Metcalfe has a BFA (Visual Arts) with Distinction from the University of Victoria (1970); he has taught at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, at the University of British Columbia (as visiting artist), and through the Vancouver School Board. Metcalfe has received the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton award In 2000, The Audian Award in 2006 and the Governor General’s award in 2008. Last year, Eric also received an Honorary Doctorate from Emily Carr University. 2010, Eric was commissioned by the Cultural Olympiad to work with American composer George Lewis to create an interactive sculptural sound installation. Façade Festival 2016 will be Eric’s second involvement with Burrard Arts Foundation; in 2014 he created a mural, titled Stellar, located at 1030 West Georgia Street. Eric Metcalfe lives in Vancouver.
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Barry Doupé is a Vancouver based artist primarily working with computer animation. He graduated from the Emily Carr University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Media Arts majoring in animation. His films use imagery and language derived from the subconscious; developed through writing exercises and automatic drawing. He often creates settings within which a characters’ self-expression or action is challenged and thwarted, resulting in comic, violent and poetic spectacles. His films have been screened throughout Canada and Internationally including the Ann Arbor Film Festival (Ann Arbor, Michigan), International Film Festival Rotterdam (Rotterdam, the Netherlands), Anthology Film Archives (NY, New York), Lyon Contemporary Art Museum (Lyon, France), Pleasure Dome (Toronto, ON), MOCCA (Toronto, ON), Whitechapel Gallery (London, UK), Centre Pompidou (Paris, France) and the Tate Modern (London, UK).
Rebecca Chaperon attended Emily Carr University in Vancouver until graduation in 2002. On the visual journey through Rebecca Chaperon’s work one is repeatedly immersed in surreal versions of the world, places that waver just outside of our perception. Hovering crystals, palatial icebergs, mysterious caves, and psychedelic gardens make up some of the images found in each painting series. Her work shifts between treating landscape as figurative representation to highly symbolic spaces that hint at a mysterious narrative.
Her work is exhibited/collected internationally and she is a 2-time recipient of Canada Council Awards for her Antarticus series and a new series called Cave Paintings that is currently being developed. Her work is inspired by her love of all things mysterious and fantastic and by her consideration of human perception and existence.
Photo credit: Jackie Dives
Renée Van Halm
Renée Van Halm is a visual artist. She currently lives and works in Vancouver and on Hornby Island. Her undergraduate work was completed at the then Vancouver School of Art and she received an MFA from Concordia University in Montréal. In addition to over 30 solo exhibitions her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions such as: Architypes in Sydney (2004) and Tokyo (2005); weak thought (1997-98) at the Vancouver Art Gallery and Songs of Experience (1983) at the National Gallery of Canada. Most recently she exhibited Nudge, a body of paintings, at the Equinox in Vancouver and is working on a public art project in Vancouver called Off Centre, a large painted window. She is currently preparing for an exhibition of new work on the subject of modern architecture and the craft object for the West Vancouver Museum in 2017.
Van Halm’s work has been extensively collected publicly and privately in Canada and elsewhere. She taught for over many years at York University in Toronto and for two decades at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she is now professor emerita. Her work is represented by Birch Contemporary in Toronto and the Equinox Gallery in Vancouver.
Chris Shier lives and works in Vancouver BC. He began producing gifs in 2010 as part of the Dump.fm net art community before pursuing interactive code-based animation. Available primarily online, his work uses feedback effects and offset loops to create non-repeating, mutating forms. It is his hope to rekindle some of the creative spirit of the pre-corporatized internet. He has been shown at Centre Pompidou, Vancouver Art Gallery, 319 Scholes, and Western Front, also the digital galleries Electric Objects, NewHive, The Wrong Biennale, ANI GIF, and Parallelograms. He has also produced sites for MGMT, The New Pornographers, MTV, and his Gifmelter tool was employed most recently by Animal Collective.
FAÇADE 2016 STATS
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