Curator’s Note- Sarah Gallos

Photo Credit: Cara Tench

It’s that time again, when I get eager with anticipation to see what the Shooting Gallery artists are up to. The next series is happening Nov 10th and 11th at the Dusty Flower Shop, 2050 Scotia Street in Vancouver, where we’ve been producing this performance art series since the very beginning, thanks to support from the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret Society.

This is our fourth edition, FOUR! What started as a means to show work that felt out-of-place in Vancouver, has become a bi-annual presentation in a growing performance landscape. Julianne Chapple and I co-produce the shows and switch off on curating the series. We choose artists that inspire us and others submit proposals to create/ show works in progress. All the artists are given rehearsal space, through the subsidized rental program offered by Green Thumb Theatre.

In this blog post, I’m going to introduce you to the artists that will be making work for the 4th edition of this little performance art series.

Julianne Chapple
Julie is creating a new work for this Shooting Gallery featuring Maxine Chadburn and herself. These two women are strong, like really strong, in all senses of the word. To me, they represent the feminine aesthetic for our time. They climb over each other with the lightest air, making themselves seem delicate as they lift and flip and balance.

Daria Mikhaylyuk
I met Daria through her instagram account. She is elegant, hilarious and very serious. When I finally met her in person, she was dressed in bright green with matching metallic green bag. After introductions, in a soft Russian accent, her first words to tell me more about herself were “I’m a girl.” I’m drawn to her work for this reason. I chose this artist to add some femininity and colour to the Vancouver scene.

Elizabeth Milton
Where Daria is sharing images and video of femininity at the beginning of her career, Elizabeth has been making work that features women since the early 2000’s. Visiting Elizabeth’s website, you encounter a page of media featuring tight-fitting service industry uniforms, lipstick and lemons, fishnets and leopard print, angels and Elizabeth Taylor. I feel like studying Elizabeth’s collection of work could teach me a bit more about myself and how society views my feminine being. Elizabeth is an invited artists to this edition of the Shooting Gallery and I am thrilled she accepted the invitation.

Billy Marchenski
Billy applied to the Shooting Gallery to rework a play he created in 2013 about a visit his partner, Ali Denham, and himself took in 2011 to the Chernobyl Exclusion zone. In his application he spoke of the body extensively and how this work seems more suited to a physical exploration of this experience.
I am currently expecting my second child and I can only start to express how curious about and connected to my body I am right now. Taking a work of words, a play, and turning it into an exploration of what the body experienced excites me. Also having witnessed both Billy and Ali’s work in the past, I was thrilled by the possibility to support these strong artists in their creative process.

Sophie Maguire
When I reviewed Sophie’s application, I had found a new crush; someone making and moving in a way I wasn’t witnessing at the time. I was eager to meet and support her. A new arrival from the American East Coast, trained in modern dance, creator of performance work with her performance group lonely goat, Harvard graduate landscape architect and lover of natural elements. Her application referenced a pleasure garden. Doesn’t that tickle your senses? I know!! So tickled.

Over the next couple of weeks each artist will be blogging and taking over our instagram account. Check it out and make sure you get your tickets for the show here.

See you on the 10th or 11th of November!

-Sarah Gallos

Curator’s Note- Sarah Gallos