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Contemporary Art Gallery

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

Admission always free
24 Jan 20until5 Jul 20

The Artist's Studio is Her Bedroom

Steven Brekelmans, Justine A. Chambers, Brady Cranfield, Maura Doyle, Claire Greenshaw, Leisure (Meredith Carruthers & Susannah Wesley), Annie MacDonell, Erica Stocking, Damla Tamer

B.C. Binning and Alvin Balkind Galleries

An image of a stage set framed by theatre curtains with brown curtains in the background. On stage is a set of a bedroom containing a bed, carpets, a small table, a room divider, and lounge chair.

The Artist’s Studio is Her Bedroom is a group exhibition that challenges assumptions shaped by our patriarchal, capitalist society about where and by what means “serious” artwork gets produced. The exhibition shares the perspectives of ten Canada-based artists whose practices are attentive to these assumptions, and to the very real temporal, spatial and monetary constraints that bind and shape their work.

Their contributions to the show address a multitude of labours — whether physical, emotional, reproductive or otherwise — that are often inextricable from artistic production. Some question myths of the studio and the “magical” labour of the artist. Others explore unconventional models of authorship, including the entanglement of childcare and creative work. Each, in different ways, asks how we navigate (or resist) our artistic and political inheritances, and how we might seek out alternate role models and alliances through which to better strengthen our creative communities.

Together, the works in The Artist’s Studio is Her Bedroom assert the generative potential of these other spaces and cadences of creation, addressing artists’ feelings of distraction and constraints, and call for acknowledgement of and solidarity in different ways of being —a nd making art — in the world.

Curated by Kimberly Phillips, with assistance from Julia Lamare

CAG acknowledges the support of Canada Council for the Arts towards artists' travel.