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Departments » Langara Centre for Art in Public Spaces » Speaker Series

Spring 2012


John T. Young
January 26, 2012
7:00-8:30pm
Room A122a  

John T. Young is a Harley riding art professor, public artist and host of KCTS-9 Public Television’s You Call That Art?!  He taught Sculpture and Public Art at the University of Washington in Seattle, the Public Art Capital of the world, for 25 years. He is also a nationally renowned sculptor, having created over 35 large scale outdoor public commissions for cities, counties, and national universities.  His work has been exhibited at OK Harris Gallery in New York City since 1986 and written about in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine, among many others.  An author too, he wrote Contemporary Public Art in China, the only book in the English language on the subject. John is the soul, inspiration and heart of this production and his ideas, analysis and critiques are You Call That Art?! 

Richard Tetrault
February 28, 2012
7:00-8:30pm
Room A122a

Vancouver artist Richard Tetrault will be presenting From the Ground Up: The Making of Murals, an overview of collaborative murals from Cuba to Vancouver.Richard Tetrault’s paintings, prints and murals explore life within the contemporary urban landscape. Based in Vancouver, he has exhibited extensively both locally and internationally. Tetrault’s woodcuts, linocuts, monotypes and acrylics are multifaceted investigations examining the artist’s place in the context of community, the street and the industrial environment. Tetrault is also well known as the creator of numerous large-scale public murals. These dynamic pieces reflect the influences of the Mexican muralists, including Diego Rivera, Jose Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros. His mural collaborations make manifest community expressions of the shared struggle for dignity and identity.
Renee Van Halm
March 15, 2012
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
A122a
Renee Van Halm will talk about "Inside Out -- Blurring Space" and illustrate her talk with her work.Renée Van Halm has a long-standing interest in the history of painting and the production of hybrid objects that blur the space between painting, sculpture and architecture. Most recently her work has used either digital or analogue approaches to collage as a way of re-approaching the space we inhabit. She will discuss how this recent work builds on past work and will use her current survey exhibition of works on paper Cross-cutting/Inside Outat the Burnaby Art Gallery to demonstrate these connections.

Liz Magor
April 5, 2012
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
A122a 

Liz Magor is a Vancouver-based artist who studied at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver; Parson’s School of Design, New York; and Vancouver School of Art. Since the early 1970s, Magor has produced numerous sculptural and photo-base  of Sydney. Magor has taught at Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto; University of Victoria, Victoria; UBC, Vancouver; and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax. She is currently an Associate Professor at Emily Carr University.