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Liminal Spaces

August 10th–September 2nd, 2023

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 10th, 4–7pm

For information about available work, info@monteclarkgallery.com.

Curated by Andrew Booth, Vancouver Art Blog

Liminal spaces refers to the transitional, in-between places that exist on the thresholds of our consciousness and reality. Liminality lies at the confluence of several elements, where the familiar transitions into the unknown. This exhibition presents works by several of Monte Clark’s artists that explore the psychological, physical, and spiritual dimensions of these transitional realms.

Since the beginning of the covid pandemic, the concept and aesthetic of liminal spaces has become an emerging trend on the internet. Online communities like the r/LiminalSpace subreddit have over 615k members, posting thousands of photos of post-apocalyptic city streets, abandoned malls, and empty fields. While these photos are devoid of any human life, there is an uneasy sense that you are not alone. These spaces feel both comforting and discomforting, nostalgic and unsettling, intimate and strange. In many ways these spaces may represent our shared desire to understand and contextualize the vacant public spaces that came to define our experience during the pandemic.

Liminality can also be represented through other metaphysical examples, such as dream sequences, portals, or transitional stages in life. The slipperiness of defining liminality mirrors the complexity of the emotions it represents.

For this presentation, Monte Clark has extended the exhibition space to include the gallery entrance and backroom, inviting viewers to explore liminality outside of the traditional white-cube gallery experience.  

Through an array of artistic interpretations, Liminal Spaces invites viewers to delve into an enigmatic realm on the threshold.

Andrew Booth is an art collector and curator for the Vancouver Art Blog, a resource dedicated to promoting and showcasing Vancouver’s contemporary art scene. 

  Installation view, Liminal Spaces, Monte Clark, Vancouver, 2023

Jeremy Hof
Yellow #1
2016
Acrylic paint
6.5 x 3.0 x 7.5 inches

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Jeremy Hof
Orange #1
2016
Acrylic paint
4.0 x 3.5 x 6.5 inches

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Alexine McLeod
Seven seven eight
2022
Digital photograph on silk habotai
72 x 48 inches

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Owen Kydd
Retail Composition #2
2012
40 inch thin bezel display
36.0 x 20.0 x 4.0 inches

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  Installation view, Liminal Spaces, Monte Clark, Vancouver, 2023

Karin Bubaš
Ivy House, Curtained Sink
2003
Colour photograph
14 x 14 inches

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Karin Bubaš
Ivy House, Table and T.V.
2003
Colour photograph
16 x 16 inches

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Vilhelm Sundin
Night Train
2020
Single-channel video projection and four-channel sound /
65” monitor and four-channel sound
32 x 57 in (65″ monitor)

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Karin Bubaš
Ivy House, Trunk
2003
Colour photograph
14 x 14 inches

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  Installation view, Liminal Spaces, Monte Clark, Vancouver, 2023

Roy Arden
A Shower of Objects
2016
Unique cyanotype on Arches paper
22 x 14 inches

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Roy Arden
Chthonic
2018
Bleached and double printed cyanotype on rag paper
20 x 14 inches

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Roy Arden
Night Train
2012
Mixed media assemblage
12.25 x 9.25 x 6.25 inches

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Roy Arden
Noon Train
2012
Mixed media assemblage
12.25 x 9.25 x 6.25 inches

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  Installation view, Liminal Spaces, Monte Clark, Vancouver, 2023

Alison Yip
Consolation Prize
Oil on canvas
34 x 28 inches

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Stephen Waddell
Cave
2016
Silver Gelatin Print
49.5 x 39.25 inches

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Alison Yip
DD1
2020
Oil on wood
25.25 x 33.75 inches

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Alison Yip
Puff and Wane
2019
Oil on panel
33.75 x 25 inches

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  Installation view, Liminal Spaces, Monte Clark, Vancouver, 2023

Paul Housley
Pale Drum Kit
2016
Oil on found object
5.5 x 6.25 inches

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Roy Arden
Model House and Honda Warehouse, Richmond, B.C.
1993
Archival pigment print
40 x 55 inches

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Colleen Heslin
Sitting on a pin
2021
Dye and acrylic on sewn canvas
20 x 24 inches

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Jeremy Hof
Magenta on Grey
2022
Acrylic on panel
12 x 8.88 x 2.63 inches

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  Installation view, Liminal Spaces, Monte Clark, Vancouver, 2023

Evan Lee
Dartboard
1999
Silver Gelatin Print
13.5 x 17.5 inches

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Jeremy Hof
XXL Multi 4
2022
Acrylic on panel
12 x 8.88 x 2.63 inches

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Greg Girard
Berlin Wall (Office Building/Killing Ground)
1989 / 2012
Archival pigment print
28 x 38 inches
Edition of 10

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Greg Girard
Sequoia Hotel, San Francisco, 1974
2022
Archival pigment print
22 x 29.5 in
28 x 38 in
30 x 45 in (Dimensions include frame. This picture is full image, no matte or border and laminated.)

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  Installation view, Liminal Spaces, Monte Clark, Vancouver, 2023

Gailan Ngan
Pink Rock
2022
Clay, glaze
12 x 12 x 10 in

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Collin Johanson
Hatchling
2021
Oil on canvas
58 x 48 inches

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Greg Girard
Berlin Wall (Tracks and Wall)
1989/ 2012
Archival pigment print
28 x 38 inches
Edition of 10

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Greg Girard
Love Hotel, Shin-Okubu
1976 / 2019
Archival pigment print
30 x 43 inches
Edition of 10

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                                   Installation view, Liminal Spaces, Monte Clark, Vancouver, 2023

Greg Girard
Balloons, Lotus Hotel
1982/ 2023
Archival pigment print
22 x 29.5 inches
28 x 38 inches
30 x 45 inches

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Greg Girard
Seaside, Oregon
1981/ 2022
Archival pigment print
22 x 29.5 inches
28 x 38 inches
30 x 45 inches

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Scott McFarland
Segal Garden at Night
2002
Archival pigment print
53 x 45 inches

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