13 Ways to Summon Ghosts is an exhibition guest-curated by Kimberly Phillips (currently of the Contemporary Art Gallery) at the Gordon Smith Gallery in North Vancouver. I was invited to contribute a sculpture and a piece of writing for the catalogue. Kim and I have worked together a number of times – she is an incredibly thoughtful curator and collaborator, and I always feel lucky to get to work with her.

A bit more info about the show, from the gallery website:

13 Ways to Summon Ghosts
May 16th – September 1st, 2018

This summer, the Gordon Smith Gallery presents 13 Ways to Summon Ghosts, guest-curated by Kimberly Phillips of the Contemporary Art Gallery. Participating artists are Abbas Akhavan, Brady Cranfield, Brenda Draney, Betty Goodwin, Vanessa Kwan, Lyse Lemieux, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Cindy Mochizuki, Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn, Ryan Peter, Kathleen Ritter, Carol Sawyer, and Jin-me Yoon.

“This exhibition considers the work of 13 Canadian artists of diverse origins and experience for whom haunting, it might be argued, is an artistic strategy. Through works of sound, sculpture, installation, painting, garments, print and video, these artists alter our experience of being in time and challenge the ways we separate the past, present and future. The work of each of these artists is remarkable because like haunting, it produces ‘a something to be done.’ It demands our rapt attention, begs a reconsideration of presumed positions, calls up histories with which we are complicit, and makes matter of that which is otherwise invisible.” – Kimberly Phillips.

13 Ways to Summon Ghosts is companioned by a 84-page publication featuring original poetic texts contributed by Vanessa Kwan and Tanya Lukin Linklater, a lengthy essay by UBC literary scholar Adam Frank, and a foreword by the project curator. A robust program of outreach is planned, with exact dates to be confirmed. These will include two separate artist’s talks featuring exhibiting artists in conversation, as well as a lecture by Lukin Linklater on the politics of haunting for Indigenous communities.


Image (above): Leaving the Body Behind, Vanessa Kwan, 2017; Image credit SITE Photography