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OFFSITE: BABAK GOLKAR
Time to Let Go…

April 24 to September 28, 2014
Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Diana Freundl, Assistant Curator

Born in the United States, raised in Tehran and having lived between Canada and the Middle East since 1996,
Babak Golkar is a Vancouver-based artist whose practice investigates the modalities of tradition and modernity.
Golkar’s Time To Let Go… was an installation of large terracotta pots that negotiated between dichotomies of art
and craft, as well as modern reasoning and traditional mysticism. The project emerged from the artist’s interest
in spatial analysis and its relationship to communal areas and public territory. Rather than presenting static
objects, Golkar encouraged viewers to interact with his sculptures and scream into them, transforming everyday
anxieties into play. Distinctly designed to soften sound, these vessels provided a unique location for viewers
to voice their unexpressed emotions and release everyday pressures.
ARTIST: Babak Golkar

Offsite is funded by the City of Vancouver through the Public Art Program. The Gallery recognizes Ian Gillespie,
President, Westbank; Ben Yeung, President, Peterson Investment Group; and the residents of the Shangri-La
for their support of this space.

Visionary Partner for Offsite: Michael O’Brian Family Foundation

BELOW: Babak Golkar, Time to Let Go… , 2014 (detail), ceramic, site-specific installation at Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite, Courtesy
of the Artist
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