Over a study break at SFU a few years ago Reece took over a men’s washroom and created a tour de force installation which I profiled for CBC Television and cbc.ca.
“American Standard is an installation that featured fifteen functional urinals arranged in a pyramid formation on the wall of the men’s washroom in the Alexander Centre studio at Simon Fraser University.”
Congratulations to Reece on “Ought Apartment”! A must see at the VAG.
Vancouver Art Gallery Exhibition, May 6-September 20, 2009
Ought Apartment is a six-storey installation that features six full-scale apartments stacked one upon the other. Each apartment level is fully furnished exclusively with original items from the 1950s though to the present decade and includes a kitchen, living room and bathroom. Each floor represents the look of one particular decade, thus becoming emblematic of that period’s interior design and domestic living.
Ought Apartment calls attention to the cyclical nature of fashion within home décor and our total compliance in keeping up-to-date, and is also a critique of the ethical and environmental costs to which we will satisfy the ideal that our home is a reflection of ourselves.
This work has been commissioned by the Vancouver Art Gallery for installation in 2009.
Process shots and concept drawings for Ought Apartment can be seen at the Jennifer Kostuik Gallery.
Canadian Art featured the Kostuik Exhibition, February 5-March 21, 2009.
Mandolin player breaks out a solo during a Denman Street jam on “Car-Free Vancouver Day” yesterday in the West End.
VANCOUVER – After weeks of rain, more than 125,000 Vancouverites followed the sun on Sunday and took over city streets at four festivals celebrating Car-Free Vancouver Day.
“We have a weather committee and they’ve been working very hard,” laughed event co-founder Carmen Mills.
The event that started four years ago on Commercial Drive expanded this year to include three other venues – Denman Street in the West End, Main Street from 12th to 16th, and Kitsilano, where people on 21 blocks closed the streets and threw parties of their own, each capturing the flavour of their neighbourhood.