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Big Rock Candy Mountain

Big Rock Candy Mountain is a project I’ve been working on with Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed since early 2015. It’s part of my work as a Curator/ Producer with Other Sights for Artists’ Projects, an organization in Vancouver that commissions temporary artworks for the public realm.

For Julie and Eva (2017)

“For Julie and Eva” (2017)
Forthcoming in Temperatures, edited and designed by Lauren Francescone and featuring the work of artist Julie Goll.

Friday Afternoon Newsletter (You, Dear) (2017)

“Friday Afternoon Newsletter (You, Dear)”, 2017
Forthcoming in Art Criticism and Other Short Stories, edited by Helen Reed.

Shako Club / Shako Cup

Shako Club Shako Club (or “social club”) is a community-engaged project I worked on with artist Cindy Mochizuki as part of my work with grunt gallery. The project…

My Mineral (2016)

“My Mineral” (2016)
Published as a Postscript for Artspeak Gallery’s exhibition The Accursed Share, curated by Marina Roy and featuring works by Deborah Edmeades, Derek Dunlop and Aleesa Cohene.

Big Rock Candy Mountain: The Start of Something Bigger and Smaller (2016)

“Big Rock Candy Mountain: The Start of Something Bigger and Smaller” (2016)
Written to accompany the project Big Rock Candy Mountain by Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed, produced by Other Sights for Artists’ Projects and curated/ produced by Vanessa Kwan. Originally published online at


FutureLoss is a project by Zoe Kreye that I curated/ produced as part of my work at grunt gallery. Here’s an excerpt from the text I wrote for…

This Creeping Root

I was invited by curator Maiko Tanaka to make a work for Nuit Blanche in Toronto. I opted out of making a spectacular thing, and created a more temporal, gradually unfolding installation. In Butterfield Park at the Ontario College of Art and Design, I made a garden best viewed by moonlight (with the help of landscape architect Emily Hogg). The installation was accompanied by an edition of 250 cards, each including a seed for a night blooming flower, to be planted in spring. These were distributed to visitors to the site throughout the evening.

Banff Works

Here’s a bunch of sculptures I made in Banff in 2015. I was there to work on ideas for a public artwork, but ended up scrounging around in the metal forge (not making anything remotely monumental) and experimenting with ceramics. Most of these pieces are made out of materials discarded from the forge – scrap bits of bronze, aluminum and silver, and some red wax that is used in casting.

Public Art and the Mega-Event: Two Case Studies (2015)

“Public Art and the Mega-Event: Two Case Studies” (2015)
Published in a special issue of Canadian Theatre Review, edited by Peter Dickinson, Kirsty Johnson and Keren Zaiontz.

The Polymorph (2015)

“The Polymorph” (2015)
Included in the publication Far Away So Close, Part 1, edited by Kimberly Phillips, published by Access Gallery on the occasion of the exhibition of works by Sarah Stein with Hyemin Kim, Erdem Taşdelen, Jim Verberg, Nicole Kelly Westman and Hyung-Min Yoon (September 13 – November 1, 2014)

FUSE, 2008 – 2014

Between 2008 and 2014, I worked as curator of performance with the Vancouver Art Gallery. Working both within the spheres of public programming and the curatorial department, my…

Julia Feyrer: Kitchen (2014)

Julia Feyrer: Kitchen (2014)
“Part 1: History Creeps: the grunt Kitchen and Julia Feyrer”
“Part 2: Recordings”
“Part 3: Notes”
Distributed over the course of Julia Feyrer’s residency with grunt gallery, and during her exhibition “Kitchen” in November/ December of 2014.

August 2014

News in my curator-life: I’m heading off in September for the Canada Council Asia Pacific Visual Arts Delegation. The trip leaves on September 5th, and we visit the…

February 2014

After 6 years as performance curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery, I am bidding adieu. I’ve taken on a new position at the grunt gallery, as curator or…

January 2014

Norma, the arts collective that I’ve been working with since 2001, is retiring. But before we do, we have one more performance, and naturally we are dressing up…

Swan Song (for Cats) – with Norma

Swan Song (for Cats) JANUARY 2014 / PUSH INTERNATIONAL PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL / PERFORMANCE WORKS, VANCOUVER For their last (and most preparationally-intensive) performance, Norma finally realised a 10-year…

10 blocks: Small Notes on the Public Imaginary (2014)

“10 blocks: Small Notes on the Public Imaginary” (2014)
Included in Placemaking: A Decade in the City, edited by Alex Lazaridis Ferguson, published by the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, on the occasion of the festival’s 10th anniversary in January 2014.

Other Things

Sometimes I work as a curator and programmer, and once in a while I write things on art and culture. More on this as we go. In the…


Stratiform was an exhibition of work by Berlin- and Saskatchewan-based artist Kara Uzelman at 221A Artist Run Centre in Vancouver in 2013. It was co-curated by myself and…

August 2013

EVERYTHING BETWEEN OPEN AND CLOSED Curated by Shaun Dacey For two weeks (August 15 – 28th, 2013), I am taking part in the Burnaby Art Gallery‘s KIOSK project–…

Everything Between Open and Closed

EVERYTHING BETWEEN OPEN AND CLOSED Curated by Shaun Dacey For two weeks (August 15 – 28th, 2013), I am taking part in the Burnaby Art Gallery‘s KIOSK project–…

July 2013

An update, from the wilds of summer non-holidays: RIGHT NOW, I can be found at Kingsgate Mall, doing an open studio with Other Sights for Artists’ Projects. We…

Sad Sack

Sad Sack ( is a slowly developing research project that will unfold during the saddest months of the year in 2012-13 (meaning the months when it rains…

March 2013

Kimberly Phillips and I curated a show of Kara Uzelman’s work at 221A Artist Run Centre. We are also producing a publication, with the always-astonishing Lisa Robertson, called…

February 2013

Where did 2012 go? Sheesh. Lots going on. Not sure how “newsy” this is, really, but: Hillcrest Geyser is operational, hallelujah! Erica and I had our launch back…

Not Flotsam: Kara Uzelman’s Stratiforms (2013)

“Not Flotsam: Kara Uzelman’s Stratiforms” (2013)
Included in the exhibition catalogue for Kara Uzelman’s exhibition “Stratiform” at 221A, curated by Kimberly Phillips and Vanessa Kwan.
[pdf; needs to be scanned]

Language Leaves Me Lonesome

LANGUAGE LEAVES ME LONESOME (FOR LAVAL) This work was created for a project by curators Mariane Bourchiex-Laporte and Anne-Marie Proulx, in conjunction with Chroniques Lavalloises (The Laval Chronicles)…


Annabel Vaughan and Makiko Hara curated an exhibition at Centre A called TO / FROM: BC ELectric Railway 100 Years. Loosely the show was about the building that…

Geyser for Hillcrest Park

Erica Stocking and I were selected to produce a permanent public art piece for the City of Vancouver at the newly minted Hillcrest Community Centre in Mount Pleasant….