Thursday, April 18, 2013

SWEAT / 汗 A Performance by Gaye Chan


Part theater and part demonstration, SWEAT features artist Gaye Chan weaving baskets in a week-long performance. The baskets are made with bale straps, a common detritus of global capitalism found around nearly every box shipped across the globe, binding box to box, paper to paper, and everything to pallets. Chan has salvaged the bale straps from the streets, and from neighboring shopkeepers who save them for her.  Some have agreed to do so in exchange for a finished basket, others have agreed just because.

Taking place in a Chinatown storefront encased in a semi-transparent white cube, Chan’s labor is visible only by her working hands inserted through ‘sleeves’ emanating from the cube’s back wall. Through one and the same body and action, SWEAT materializes simultaneous multiple subject positions created by capitalism - the devalued / invisible worker and the reified artist, both ever haunted by the deskilled consumer. The three same subject positions that exist everyday, albeit less acknowledged, in Access Gallery's neighborhood, Vancouver’s old Chinatown, as it undergoes its most recent episode of development.

at Access Gallery / Project Space storefronts
222 East Georgia, Vancouver BC
Saturday, April 27 to Friday, May 3, 2013
Launch: Saturday, April 27 / 7 to 9pm

Gaye Chan will be performing on site:
Saturday, April 27 / 1 to 5, 7 to 9
Sunday, April 28 / 2 to 5
Monday, April 29 / 4 to 7
Tuesday, April 30 / 1 to 4
Wednesday, May 1 / 4 to 7
Thursday, May 2 / 1 to 4
Friday, May 3 /  4 to 7

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