Episode 2 of ART 21’s 8th season was all about artists from Vancouver. Vancouver, in general, is a very eclectic city and is a major cultural hub for the western half of Canada. The four artists discussed in the episode are Liz Magor, Stan Douglas, Brian Jungen and Jeff Wall.
All four of these artists have one thing in common, they moved away from Vancouver and then returned at some point of their lives. These four artists all work with different media, yet they all manage to tie into a central theme focusing on Vancouver and a sense of “home”.
Two of the artists in the video Liz Magor and Brian Jungen are sculptures. However, they work with two totally different mediums to essentially achieve the same thing. Magor sculpted a giant aluminum house as a way to represent the area’s past and connection to the logging industry. Jungen uses brightly colored shoes to sculpt masks that resembled those from Native Canadian artworks.
Stan Douglas and Jeff Wall are visual artists that gear their work closer towards more digital based mediums. Stan Douglas is a video installation artist whose work focuses on retelling stories to fit into our modern world. Jeff Wall is a photographer who creates massive, backlit pieces that illustrate scenes that he has constructed and then photographed. A lot of people claim that these staged scenes are what ruined photography as it places doubt in the truth of the image.
This episode included a lot of incite into the creative processes of all of these artists. Personally, that was the most interesting aspect of the video as I have spent a lot of time this semester studying the artistic process, creation, and exploration with artistic intent.
Liz Magor spends 8 hours a day in her studio creating. Stan Douglas uses old literature and current events to structure the stories his videos tell. Brian Jungen spends time in the backwoods with his dogs exploring, learning, and connecting to his past as a Native Canadian. Jeff Wall explores his surroundings and recreates moments he is witness to in everyday life.
Jeff Wall, After “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison, the Prologue. 2000. Silver dye bleach transparency; aluminum light box. 5 ft x 8ft 2/3 in.