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M.E. Sparks + Matthis Grunsky: Inside Out

  • 1670 Franklin Street Vancouver, BC, V5L 1P4 Canada (map)

Join us for our upcoming SiteFactory exhibition!

Opening: Saturday June 16th, 7pm - 10pm
Gallery Hours: Sunday June 17th, 8pm - 10pm
and Monday June 18th, 8pm - 10pm

Inside Out is a collaborative artwork by M.E. Sparks and Matthis Grunsky that reconsiders the trope of the artist’s studio, its depiction throughout art history, and its relevance amidst a “post-studio” condition currently dictated by prohibitive rental costs. Working in response to the mobile workspace of SiteFactory, the artists approach their shared experience of the studio as an unfixed, tenuous site of productivity and inactivity, creation and destruction, isolation and connection.

Engaging with the contents of the studio as subject matter, Sparks and Grunsky reconstruct functional objects found within their own shared work space, as well as forms taken from historical, often mythologized, representations of the artist’s studio. This assembly of objects functions as a fractured screen for a shifting projection of pattern and colour. Chairs, blank canvases, ladders, bricks, scraps and sticks occupy the space as awkwardly staged replicas, evoking a stilled, self-aware simulacrum of the studio.

The SiteFactory bus will be parked at 1670 Franklin Street, next to The Bakery Gallery, which will have a group exhibition opening concurrently, from 7pm-10pm on Saturday June 16th.

M.E. Sparks received her MFA from Emily Carr University and BFA from NSCAD University. She was a finalist in both the 2016 and 2017 Annual RBC Painting Competitions and the 2016 recipient of the Nancy Petry Award. Recent exhibitions include  Mother Tongue at Dynamo Arts Association (Vancouver) and A Terrible Signal at Access Gallery (Vancouver).  

Matthis Grunsky holds an MFA from Emily Carr University and a BFA from NSCAD University. His work has been exhibited across Canada, including at Hermes Gallery (Halifax) and Charles H. Scott Gallery (Vancouver). He was recently an artist in residence at Arteles Creative Centre (Finland) and will be artist in residence at the Bonnie McComb Kreye Residency (Victoria) during the fall of 2018. 

Sparks and Grunsky have collaborated in the past, including the exhibition “LINEUP” at the student-run Helen For Now Gallery. Each maintain separate practices and have shared studio spaces together for over five years.

This project is made possible by the generous support of a Vancouver Foundation Neighborhood Small Grant.