Time to Let Go, 2014 (detail)
Photo: Courtesy of the Artist
Babak Golkar, Scream, 2014
digital rendering of Offsite: Babak Golkar Courtesy of the Artist
Vancouver-based artist Babak Golkar presents Time To Let Go, an installation of large terracotta pots that negotiate between dichotomies of art and craft as well as modern reasoning and traditional mysticism. The project emerges from the artist's interest in spatial analysis and its relationship to communal areas and public territory. Rather than presenting static objects, Golkar encourages viewers to interact with his sculptures and scream into them, transforming everyday anxieties into play. Distinctly designed to soften sound, these vessels provide a unique location for viewers to voice their unexpressed emotions and release everyday pressures.
Born in the United States, raised in Tehran and having lived between Canada and the Middle East since 1996, Babak Golkar has developed bodies of work, which navigate and negotiate the space between cultural and socio-economical registers. His research-based art practice is centred on seemingly contradictory forms, shapes and material.
Offsite is organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Diana Freundl, Assistant Curator. 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 Shangri–La for their support of this space.
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation
Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite is located on West Georgia Street between Thurlow and Bute Streets in downtown Vancouver.