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    Mario García Torres, I Promise Every Time (Blue Horizon, Vancouver), 2011 [detail]. 35 mm slides.

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    Konrad Wendt, Mom, I tore a hole in the new convertible top, 1984. Silver gelatin print, 7.6 x 10.2 cm.

Material Witness

Mario García Torres / Konrad Wendt

Curated by Lee Plested

June 24 - August 21, 2011

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shinee at 2:10 pm Thursday, August 18, 2011

Da bomb!!!So cool

K at 11:39 am Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Really cool, but I wanted to finish the puzzle :(

psieu at 2:00 pm Saturday, August 13, 2011

very zen :)

Cayla E. from Calgary, AB at 4:37 pm Thursday, August 11, 2011

I really enjoyed the "What Happens in Halifax..." project. I has peaked my interest and I look forward to learning more about it. Your gallery was more interesting than the one at the U of C.

Ankera Corrith Kuhel from The Andalite Homeworld at 4:26 pm Thursday, August 11, 2011

I love the spinning portal to the building. Ing. Ing. Buil-ding.

Maya Bridger Denz from Tsawwassen, B.C. at 4:21 pm Thursday, August 11, 2011

Very Interesting.... thought provoking.

Zoey from UBC at 2:47 pm Thursday, August 11, 2011

This is a waste of student money...

hemphissy from fissy at 1:32 pm Wednesday, August 10, 2011

uuuuuu guys are so narly peace

booga booga boo! from nicaragua at 1:30 pm Wednesday, August 10, 2011

i love the awesome ideas!!!!!!!!!!:) i like cheese peace out

G. I. Ant at 10:53 am Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Conceptual art about conceptual art? It's an oro-bore-us.

tsitfel at 10:12 am Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Yuta & Yuto from Japan at 3:41 pm Sunday, August 7, 2011


Barb at 3:19 pm Sunday, July 31, 2011

Show looks awesome, Lee!!!!!

UBC at 11:50 am Friday, July 29, 2011

i hate the black and white but the color pics and vids are cool.

Ada Lai from Hong Kong at 4:32 pm Thursday, July 28, 2011


E. X. Ample at 12:56 pm Thursday, July 28, 2011

I was never here, I did not hear, I did not see.

CH (from below) at 3:02 pm Saturday, July 23, 2011

Oh, the binder next to this computer has /way/ too much info to sift through; I don't suppose a distilled version could also be made available?

Christian H from Canada (S. Ontario, N. Alberta, Vancouver) at 3:01 pm Saturday, July 23, 2011

Difficult to access, yes, but I found, in places, value: the position of the felt made me wonder, for instance, of the role of art curators in placing and preparing the work (or did Torres himself place it?); the firewood and the art also helps me get closer to understanding how one calls something art. I don't think it alienates those not educated in the arts, as suggested below, because this isn't the sort of inaccessibility which would swept away by a key to a code, as in Renaissance painting. It's just devilishly opaque; the only inequality between viewers is in the willingness to accept that. Loved Orchids.

Peter Ford from Bristol England at 3:05 pm Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Insubstantial, aggravating, sometimes interesting, pretentious, investment of signficance where no particular significance exists, personal in an unninteresting way. Here and there, witty. Probably memorable beyond my conscious wishes.

skippy at 5:02 pm Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Martha Wilson what can you say her work still rocks... Torres' use of slide projectors is simple and pleasing and those works while intellectualy stimulating and moving are aesthetically moribund

Jan Mott at 3:02 pm Tuesday, June 28, 2011

in addition, I bet the original protagonists such as David Askevolt would roll over in their grave, if they knew how Torres Garcia has coopeted their work for his own gain.

Jochen Meyer at 2:58 pm Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Garcia Torres relishes in the fact that his work is inaccessible to the non-art educated, which precisely hides the fact that he has absolutely nothing to say or state, hiding behind this seemingly intelectual approach, masking the fact that not only is he an utter bore of a person, he is also an incredibly elitist snob. In the end Torres Garcia provides us with very little insight or understanding of the works he appropriates.

local1028 at 10:37 pm Thursday, June 23, 2011

Congratulations Mario, Konrad and Lee! This is a fun show. I will enjoy doing the puzzle during this one.

Burnt Mannequin at 8:42 pm Thursday, June 23, 2011

Thank you for the wig. I don't appreciate my genitals being torched. I think we all learned something that day. Please see a dermatologist regarding your mole. Love, Burny

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