Vancouver: Art Party Opening Night July 26

Queer Arts Festival 2011 - Games People PlayTo celebrate the North America Outgames in Vancouver this summer, the Queer Arts Festival has chosen Games People Play as theme for their 2011 curated queer arts show in Vancouver, Canada.

Games People Play

July 26 – August 13 2011

Art Party Opening Night

July 26, 7pm
Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Gallery Hours
11 am-10 pm weekdays
11 am-4:30 weekends

“Queer cultures often emphasize elements of game-play: from camp to butch/femme to strictures of “straight looking/straight acting”, we play around with identity and its shadows of artifice, passing and trespassing. The curators are encouraging artists to …queer the idea of games and play: board games, bored games, war games, mind games, drinking games, parlor games, gender games, games theory, game shows, word play, gun play, foreplay, BDSM play, playing the fool, playing by ear, playing along, playing around, playing for the team, playback, playmates, team sports, blood sport, water sports… With this exuberance of possibilities we will build a show of divergent investigations; a game for viewers to trace commonalities and conflicts along the through-line of gaming.”

The Artists

This group show features works by:  – Abegael Jackson, Afuwa Granger, Amy Dame, Angelina Cantada, Charlotte Hewson, Dana Ayotte, Dzee Louise, Emma Kivisild (Lizard Jones), Jen Crothers, Katherine Atkins, Kimberley French, Kona Katranya, Patricia Atchison, – Adrian Fehr, Garth Amundson & Pierre Gour, Mark McGregor, Naufus Ramirez-Figuroa, Noel Silver and Oscar Sánchez.

The show is curated by Persimmon Blackbridge, SD Holman and Jeff Gibson.

About Persimmone Blackbridge

For the past 35 years, Persimmon Blackbridge has worked as a sculptor, writer, curator and performer, as well as being a fiction editor. She is known internationally as a pioneer in feminist, queer and disability arts and culture. She is the author or co-author of six books. Blackbridge’s art has been shown across Canada and the U.S., as well as in Australia, Europe, and Hong Kong. She currently lives on Hornby Island in British Columbia.

About SD Holman

Raised in Los Angeles, SD Holman moved to Vancouver in 1986, becoming a professional photo-based artist, photographer and actor. A graduate of Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Holman joined the public art and activism group, the Vancouver Association for Non-Commercial Culture.
Her renowed photo-based work GID, Gender Identity Disorder or… Girls in Drag, 1998 and Stealing Masculinity, 2009 are some of her many art projects.