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The Vancouver Art Gallery presents exhibitions of work by artists ranging from historic masters to leading-edge contemporaries. These include major thematic exhibitions, presentations of solo artists and smaller, more focused showcases. In a typical year, 2 to 3 exhibitions are borrowed from other institutions and 10 to 12 exhibitions are developed in-house, drawing on our permanent collection and loans of works from around the world. In addition, the Gallery tours a few of its exhibitions each year.
inflatable polyester cloth sculpture
Photo: Una Knox, Vancouver Art Gallery
|Canadian artist Jeff Ladouceur’s massive inflatable sculpture Floater spans the columns of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Georgia Street façade. Created to coincide with the current exhibition KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Comic + Video Games + Art, the large-scale installation of a cartoon-like body intertwined in the Gallery’s pillars, draws on the artist’s celebrated work as an illustrator. Constructed of inflatable polyester cloth, the sculpture will be installed on Friday, June 6 and will be on display until the closing of KRAZY! on September 7, 2008.
Born in Nanaimo, Canada, in 1975, Jeff Ladouceur currently divides his time between Brooklyn, New York and Vancouver, British Columbia. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including In Full Cry, New Image Art, Los Angeles (2007), Tinyvices, Colette, Paris (2007) and On-Line: Contemporary Drawing, Sonoma State University Art Gallery, California (2006). He has had solo exhibitions in Paris, New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, Montréal and Brussels. His work has been featured in The Believer, Kramer’s Ergot, Harper’s, Border Crossings and The Walrus. L’Oie de Cravan press has published Ladouceur’s books Schmo (2004) and Ebola (2002); a new title is scheduled for release by the same press in 2008.
Jeff Ladouceur is the seventh artist presented in NEXT: a series of artist projects from the Pacific Rim. The series highlights work previously unseen in Vancouver and seeks to engage the diverse practices of Pacific Rim artists. The Vancouver Art Gallery commissioned Ladouceur to create Floater. The project is organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by guest curator Jordan Strom.
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