Nestled on the edge of Mount Pleasant, by the corner of Main and Broadway, stands a white walled storefront know as the Burrard Arts Foundation, aka the BAF. Operating as a non-profit and charitable arts organization, the BAF commits all of their resources to developing the visual arts community within Canada.
Accomplishing their goals through innovative art projects and programs; the BAF seeks to advance the understanding and appreciation of the arts in Vancouver by showcasing local and global artistic talent and driving dialogue from the creative minds of today and tomorrow. Currently on display in the gallery is A Vagrant Kind of Life by Erdem Taşdelen, and The March Sweater.
Created during his two-month-long residency at the BAF, Erdem Taşdelen’s new work A Vagrant Kind of Life consists of a poem shown in the form of a slide projection. The poem, revealed rhythmically one line at a time through photographic slides, tells the fairytale-like story of a feral child and was composed by Taşdelen. Viewing the show somehow simultaneously instills a sense of both nostalgia and haunting fear.
Set up in the other half of the gallery is The March Sweater; an exhibition that feature a series of black and white portraits of LGBTQ seniors in Vancouver. Accompanying the work is a video installation, presented in a dark and immersive environment, of a silent black and white film of an LGBTQ senior. The film, scored by an original soundtrack created by Cayne McKenzie of We Are the City, brings life and context into the surrounding portraits in a hauntingly realistic and empathetic fashion.
Below we spoked with Chantal Sullivan, the program manager at the BAF, about their residence program and their position in the Vancouver art scene as a whole.
Tell us about what it has been like having Erdem Taşdelen as your most recent artist in residence
It was a real pleasure having Erdem conduct a residency with us. His artistic practice is exceptional and he truly represents an essential facet within the contemporary art scene both here in Vancouver and abroad.
In your opinion, why is the support of the visual arts scene in Vancouver important?
Supporting the visual arts is very important and key to BAF’s mandate and platform. There are so many remarkably talented emerging artists out there and we are humbled to be able to provide a platform upon which an artist can springboard their artistic endeavours.
We strive to promote and exhibit engaging contemporary art in an environment that aims to be open and accessible to everyone. There is much to be learned from the realm of visual arts and we encourage Vancouverites and visitors to stop by our gallery space in order to partake in some daily creative inspiration!
How can someone get more involved at BAF?
The best way to get involved is to sign up to our mailing list which can be done on our website, burrardarts.org. Following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram is also a great way to stay up to date with our current projects and initiatives.
What is the number one goal for BAF this year?
Our number one goal for 2016 is to continue to engage with our visitors and followers through fun and inspiring exhibitions, artist talks, and public art projects done in collaboration with outstanding artists from Canada and abroad.
A Vagrant Kind of Life and The March Sweater
Where: The Burrard Arts Foundation (BAF) – 108 East Broadway
When: Now – April 2, 2016
Time: Tuesday – Saturday from noon – 5 p.m.
Cost: Free to attend