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Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, Canada
Closed for installation
until June 7, 2024

Admission always free
2 Jul 87until25 Jul 87

Juan L. Gomez-Perales

Soiree for Prof. L.J. Johnson

555 Hamilton St

2 sculptures in a gallery. They face each other and they have a small step, a large curved barrier with a plastic window, and a rubber glove attached. 2 people can be seen shaking hands through them.

Credit: Juan Gomez-Perales, Oh, nothing much, how ‘bout you, 1987. Photo courtesy of the artist.

“How do you do” *“I'm sorry I'd introduce you but I, I can’t remember your name” * “So, what have you been up to” “Oh, nothing much, how about you”

Although these may sound like the familiar phrases heard at parties, receptions, art gallery openings, and on the street, they are also the titles of Gomez-Perales’ most recent sculptures. In this exhibition, the artist invites the viewer to participate and, as the titles suggest, become conscious of some of the everyday phrases we speak. Gomez-Perales is best-known for his sculptures that involve the physical interaction of the art audience. The body of work in this exhibition still offers this component, yet even if the viewer does not choose to step up on the platform, they may discover that they are still implicated by both the familiarity of the situation and the structure of the piece.