Open Studios: Marc Johnson and Rafael Villares

June 28 2019 at Vancouver Biennale Residency Space

Date & Time

28 June 2019, 12PM – 6PM

Vancouver Biennale Residency Space
290 W 3rd Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Y 1G1

Please join us at the Vancouver Biennale’s new residency space for our International Residency Open Studios featuring our Spring 2019 artists-in-residence Marc Johnson (FR) and Rafael Villares (CU). The open studios will provide an opportunity to meet the artists and gain insight into the artist’s research, processes and outcomes of their 10-week residencies.

Marc Johnson – A DESIRE TO PARLEY (2019)

Mauray Toutloff, Conservator, examing a Cantonese Opera Headdress in the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Musqueam Territory, 2019. © Marc Johnson

In conversation with Jim Breukelman, Colin Browne, Karen Duffek, Sharon Fortney, Duncan McLeod, Peter Morin, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Susan Rowley, Debra Sparrow, Heidi Swierenga, Mauray Toutloff, Connie Watts, Paul Wong, and Cease Wyss.


2019. © Rafael Villares

With the desire to reunite the work process carried out during his residency, Rafael Villares has created an artist book called The Vancouver Ideas/Reimagining the city in 72 days.

The final result is a 15” x 20” portfolio that summarizes the multiple layers of Villares’ experience in Vancouver. The 72 sheets of paper acts as a timeline for the 10 weeks of residency. Using writings and drawings, the artist elaborates proposals that mediate between his previous works while trying to push his practice one step further. The ideas of Vancouver, although inspired by the multicultural diversity of the city, complement a global vision around the artists’ concerns about our current times.