Artist Talk: Michael Turner - thoughts on practice -


am I thinking
what you think
I a t in ing?

 
DateSunday, January 21, 2018 - 10:00am

Cost

Free

Location

RM 511 at 205 Richmond St. W.

Michael's talk begins at a fall dinner held at the “recreational residence” of a middle-aged couple who patronize the arts not as venture philanthropists but as quiet no-strings-attached art collecting board members who give generously of their time and, when asked, their expertise (but also their money). On this occasion the couple had placed a number of high circular café tables in what might be called their ballroom. After filling our plates at the buffet table, we gathered at these smaller tables and ate, drank and chatted. The table Michael joined included a private collector, a senior manager at a public gallery and an independent curator -- all of whom Michael is acquainted with, all of whom know him as a writer. The topic of conversation he walked into was the Vancouver Art Gallery’s recently opened Dana Claxton: Fringing the Cube exhibition.

(con’t)

Michael Turner is a writer of fiction, criticism and song based in the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. His books include Hard Core Logo (1993), The Pornographer's Poem (1999), Fred Herzog: Vancouver Photographs (with Grant Arnold) (2007), 8x10 (2009) and, most recently, 9x11 and other poems like Bird, Nine, x and Eleven (2018), while reviews and features have appeared in magazines and journals such as Art 21, Canadian Art, Mousse and Modern Painters. He has contributed essays to anthologies Intertidal: Vancouver Art and Artists (Belkin Gallery/MuHKA, 2006), Vancouver Art & Economies (Artspeak, 2007), Ruins in Process: Vancouver Art in the Sixties (Belkin, 2009), and to exhibition catalogues on the work of artists such as Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, Brian Jungen and Ken Lum. Curatorial projects include "to show, to give, to make it be there": Expanded Literary Practices in Vancouver, 1954-1969 (SFU Galleries, 2010); Letters: Michael Morris and Concrete Poetry (Belkin, 2012), with Scott Watson; A Postcard from Victoria (AGGV, 2013); and Mainstreeters: Taking Advantage, 1972-1982 (PHG/Satellite, 2015), with Allison Collins. A frequent collaborator, Turner has written scripts with Stan Douglas (Journey into Fear, 2001; Suspiria, 2002), poems with Geoffrey Farmer (Broadsiding, VPL, 2010) and songs with recording artists such as cub, Dream Warriors, Fishbone and Kinnie Starr.



am I thinking what you think I a t in ing?
DateSunday, January 21, 2018 - 10:00am

Cost

Free

Website Location

RM 511 at 205 Richmond St. W.

Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 10:00am

Michael's talk begins at a fall dinner held at the “recreational residence” of a middle-aged couple who patronize the arts not as venture philanthropists but as quiet no-strings-attached art collecting board members who give generously of their time and, when asked, their expertise (but also their money). On this occasion the couple had placed a number of high circular café tables in what might be called their ballroom. After filling our plates at the buffet table, we gathered at these smaller tables and ate, drank and chatted. The table Michael joined included a private collector, a senior manager at a public gallery and an independent curator -- all of whom Michael is acquainted with, all of whom know him as a writer. The topic of conversation he walked into was the Vancouver Art Gallery’s recently opened Dana Claxton: Fringing the Cube exhibition.

(con’t)

Michael Turner is a writer of fiction, criticism and song based in the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. His books include Hard Core Logo (1993), The Pornographer's Poem (1999), Fred Herzog: Vancouver Photographs (with Grant Arnold) (2007), 8x10 (2009) and, most recently, 9x11 and other poems like Bird, Nine, x and Eleven (2018), while reviews and features have appeared in magazines and journals such as Art 21, Canadian Art, Mousse and Modern Painters. He has contributed essays to anthologies Intertidal: Vancouver Art and Artists (Belkin Gallery/MuHKA, 2006), Vancouver Art & Economies (Artspeak, 2007), Ruins in Process: Vancouver Art in the Sixties (Belkin, 2009), and to exhibition catalogues on the work of artists such as Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, Brian Jungen and Ken Lum. Curatorial projects include "to show, to give, to make it be there": Expanded Literary Practices in Vancouver, 1954-1969 (SFU Galleries, 2010); Letters: Michael Morris and Concrete Poetry (Belkin, 2012), with Scott Watson; A Postcard from Victoria (AGGV, 2013); and Mainstreeters: Taking Advantage, 1972-1982 (PHG/Satellite, 2015), with Allison Collins. A frequent collaborator, Turner has written scripts with Stan Douglas (Journey into Fear, 2001; Suspiria, 2002), poems with Geoffrey Farmer (Broadsiding, VPL, 2010) and songs with recording artists such as cub, Dream Warriors, Fishbone and Kinnie Starr.

Venue & Address: 
RM 511 at 205 Richmond St. W.
Cost: 
Free
am I thinking what you think I a t in ing?
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