Spences Bridge, 2006
Collection of the Vancover Art Gallery,
Gift of the artist
Stan Douglas is a renowned Vancouver artist whose art has consistently
and provocatively explored the idea of historical record and narratives of location.
Much of his work is thematically linked to this region and the many different peoples
who have inhabited these lands.
The focus of this exhibition is Stan Douglasí outstanding video and photo installation entitled Klatsassin. Shot on location in the Cariboo and Chilcotin districts of British Columbia, and on a studio backlot in Vancouver, the video offers a non-linear or, what Douglas describes as a recombinant narrative of the events that initiated the so-called Chilcotin War of 1864. In addition to the video installation the exhibition includes a group of seven location photographs of sites as diverse as Barkerville, Quesnel Forks, Stanley and Vancouver. In addition, this exhibition provides a unique opportunity to see an earlier work by the artist, entitled Pursuit, Fear, Catastrophe, Ruskin, BC, 1992, which also offers a study of this region and the forces that have shaped it.
The exhibition is organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Bruce Grenville, senior curator.