As part of an exhibition of Vancouver-based artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. Curated by Candice Hopkins and Mark Soo, the exhibition presents a single painting, Guardian Spirits on the Land: Ceremony of Sovereignty (2000) alongside a selection of pulp science fiction novels. Drawing from Aboriginal Northwest Coast and Coast Salish cultural myths and iconographic traditions as well as the conventions of epic Western painting, Guardian Spirits on the Land: Ceremony of Sovereignty depicts a congregation of spiritual beings encamped upon a hallucinatory and supernatural landscape. These spirits, whose intense colourings glow with extraterrestrial luminescence and whose ovoid forms bear resemblances to mechanical or android-like parts, are portrayed as caught in a state of ambiguous reverie.The exhibition is held in conjunction with a series of talks by writers that explore Yuxweluptun’s work in relation to the genre of science fiction.
Artist Biography: Michael Turner is an award-winning writer of fiction, criticism and song. His books include Hard Core Logo (Arsenal Pulp, Vancouver, 1993), The Pornographer’s Poem (Doubleday, Toronto, 1999) and 8×10 (Doubleday, Toronto, 2009), and his criticism has appeared in the magazines Art Papers, Art On Paper, and Modern Painters. He has written catalogue essays on Julia Feyrer (Artspeak Gallery, 2010), Tim Lee (Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver, 2007) and Ken Lum (Contemporary Art Gallery, 2001) and has contributed to the anthologies Intertidal: Vancouver Art & Artists (Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver and MuHKA, Antwerp, 2005), Vancouver Art & Economies (Artspeak, Vancouver, 2007) and Ruins In Process: Vancouver Art in the Sixties (Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, 2008). A frequent collaborator, Turner has written scripts with Stan Douglas, poems with Geoffrey Farmer, and a libretto with Andrea Young. As the Ellen and Warren Tallman S.F.U. Writer-in-Residence (2009-2010), he curated to show, to give, to make it be there: Expanded Literary Practices in Vancouver, 1954-1969 (2010), Simon Fraser University Gallery, Burnaby, British Columbia.