Façade Festival is back for another year to transform the Robson Street side of the Vancouver Art Gallery into a piece of projection mapping art with the help of five local artists.
Now in its second year, Façade Festival aims to take a dynamic and unique approach to the realm of public art, featuring work by Eric Metcalfe, Barry Doupé, Rebecca Chaperon, Renée Van Halm, and Chris Shier.
Each artist will get a chance to display their projections on the Art Gallery each day at sundown from August 30 until September 3. On September 4, there will be an encore presentation of all five artists’ work, with the grand finale event taking place on September 5.
The projections are designed by the artists, but technical mentorship was provided by projection mapping specialists at Go2 Productions.
The artists will each be featured on the following days:
Having a storied art career, Metcalfe has created work using painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, printmaking, performance, video, and film since the late 1960s. He received the Governor General’s award in 2008 and an honorary doctorate from Emily Carr University.
Doupé graduated from Emily Carr in 2004 with a Bachelor of Media Arts majoring in animation. His films have been screened throughout Canada and internationally, and are often developed through writing exercises and automatic drawing.
After graduating from Emily Carr in 2002, Chaperon went on to win two Canadian Council Awards for her Antarticus series and a new series called Cave Paintings. Her work shifts between treating landscape as a figurative representation to highly symbolic spaces that hint at a mysterious narrative.
Van Halm has over 30 solo exhibits under her belt and has been shown internationally in Sydney, Tokyo, and at the National Gallery of Canada. She lives and works in Vancouver and on Hornby Island and graduated from the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr).
Shier’s work is available primarily online in the form of interactive code-based animation. He began producing GIFs back in 2010 as part of the Dump.fm net art community. His work today uses feedback effects and offset loops to create non-repeating, mutating forms.
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver (Robson side)
When: Tuesday, August 30 to Monday, September 5; façades light up at sundown.