In a partnership between the Contemporary Art Gallery and Translink, the work of five artists will be wrapped around the exterior of 30 buses on major routes in Metro Vancouver. How Far Do You Travel? encourages viewers on the role images have in transporting viewers to another time and place while simultaneously reflecting on how imagery can physically carry ideas to different locations.
The project commenced early January with the work of Diyan Achjadi and will continue throughout the year with free public programming and events that take place on the buses themselves. The first talk will be with Achjadi on February 3, 2019 at 3 pm and a meeting located at the Contemporary Art Gallery
TransLink reached out to non-profit local art organizations and awarded the Contemporary Art Gallery with the development of the public art designs. The artists are paid according to fees outlined by Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes.
Each wrapped bus by artists Diyan Achjadi, Patrick Cruz, Rolande Souliere, Erdem Taşdelen and Anna Torma contains an interior display with messages offering an insight into their work. A series of free public events such as artist talks, performances and activities will also take place on the buses while off service throughout the year.
“We are proud to work with the Contemporary Art Gallery and share our space to showcase Canadian artists and their work,” said , in a news release. “This is a unique partnership that allows us to support the local art community while enhancing the customer experience.”
Michael McDaniel, President, Coast Mountain Bus Company
“We are really pleased to partner with TransLink and invite an incredibly broad audience to encounter contemporary art on the move. The word for transit is metaphorá in Greek: to go to work or come home, one literally rides a metaphor. Transit connects us with others just as visual languages constantly transport ideas and meaning from one place to another.”
Kimberly Phillips, Curator, Contemporary Art Gallery
Contemporary Art Gallery
The Contemporary Art Gallery is an independent, non-profit public art gallery and one of Canada’s leading venues for contemporary art. Offering free access to everyone, we work with artists from Canada and around the world to produce exhibitions, off-site projects, residencies, learning, outreach, community engagement programs, events and publications. Each of these interdependent strands of programming varies in scale, duration and location to challenge how and where we might engage with contemporary visual art.
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