Fireworks and enlightenment at the Vancouver ContainerArt PNE

Aesthetic enlightenment in a big way at Vancouver’s ContainerArt temporary museum. Since 2009, summer after summer, fireworks have brightened the night sky above the contemporary art installations inside the containers.  Perhaps set off by those “I get it” moments of catharsis by visitors inside? I hope so.

Cheryl Hunter & Vanessa Lowe @ ContainerArt Vancouver 2011. Artist Statement

Artist’s Statement (abridged): It all started with the stunning photographs taken by Vanessa’s father in the late 1940’s, depicting Vancouver and the famous wrought iron gate erected by the CPR at Waterfront Station sometime around 1914. These photos convey family history in a rich visual narrative. (…) In “Port of Call”, history, as portrayed in … Continue reading

Tony Yin Tak Chu @ Vancouver ContainerArt 2011. Artist Statement

Name of Installation: Untitled 3   Arist’s Statement: Using discarded materials to make a piece of art connects to the environmental issue of recycling. This installation questions how we protect our environment (seascapes) against the ever increased threat of global waste dumping.  

Ross den Otter @ ContainerArt Vancouver. Artist Statement

Name of Installation: Ballet of the bay Artist’s Statement: “Through the reduction of my photographs to simple graphics, I chose to highlight “the ballet of the bay” where goods move fluidly from water to land.”

Miyuki Shinkai@ ContainerArt Vancouver 2011. Artist Statement

Title of installation: Luminous Boats. Artist Statement (extract): The port as whisper to our heart and mind to stay open to international affairs, marine environment sustainability as well as a broader spiritual enrichment to Vancouver’s connection to the sea.    

RAF digital (aka Rob Farrow) @ Vancouver ContainerArt 2011. Artist Statement

Title: Working  Artist statement:  We work so that our food tastes better and to impress our friends. We work to learn more, to praise God or sometimes just to keep from being bored. This series of images celebrates the shapes, textures and colours of the work that we do. The bigger the work, the simpler … Continue reading

Shin Lee @ ContainerArt Vancouver 2011. Artist Statement

Title of work: Peace and Comfort from our port Artist Statement (excerpt) : “The exhibit explores the serenity of the port – taking the concept and putting it on exhibition, on display. I am using clay sculptures with other materials (sand, paper, wood, etc). The clay sculptures-the principal pieces-represent peace and imagination. The exhibit is … Continue reading

The Guardian of the ContainerArt Temple…

…is a dragon made of steel.  Why does ContainerArt’s temporary museum in Vancouver need a dragon to protect it? Well, dragons, monsters, sphynx, lions in front of places of contemplation are a good idea: they serve an apotropaic function: they ward off evil.  For ContainerArt evil is distraction, vandalism, and generally not taking advantage of the … Continue reading

A Post-Clubbing ContainerArt Aesthetic Experience?

ContainerArt producers have an experimental mindset. At the PNE this year, museological experiments are being conducted to answer a question that has long vexed us: can a disco-like environment prepare and promote a visitor’s aesthetic experience?  In other words: can music, lights and dancing help to  “de-scramble” the ego-structures that prevent one to see beauty through art?  Ergo: if … Continue reading

The PNE introduces the largest ContainerArt temporary museum yet

An impressive milestone in the history of ContainerArt. In Vancouver until Sept 5th. Special thanks to Port Metro Vancouver