Libby Leshgold Gallery

The Libby Leshgold Gallery is pleased to announce the launch of Dana Claxton’s new video A Guerilla Seeks a More Trained Lesson, commissioned by the City of Vancouver’s Public Art Program for Emily Carr University of Art + Design’s urban screen. The screening will commence on Friday, November 30th. A closing reception will be held in spring 2019, date to be announced.

Drawing on the ideas and writing of Antonio Gramsci, Claxton creates a new work that incorporates text, moving images, and special effects. Chance narratives emerge through Claxton’s mining of Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks, where Gramsci’s ideas around culture, politics and education are reworked, recontextualized and reshaped in a seemingly endless loop through Claxton’s use of various cut-up writing techniques.

Dana Claxton (b.1959, Yorkton, Saskatchewan) is an award-winning, critically acclaimed artist and film/videomaker. Her practice investigates beauty, the body, the socio-political, and the spiritual. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Walker Art Centre (Minneapolis), Sundance Film Festival, Eiteljorg Museum (Indianapolis), Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), and is held in private and public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Vancouver Art Gallery and Winnipeg Art Gallery. A major survey exhibition, Dana Claxton: Fringing the Cube, is currently on view at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Claxton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory with the University of British Columbia. She was awarded the prestigious VIVA Award from the Doris and Jack Shadbolt Foundation in 2001.

The urban screen, located on the north-east wall of the Wilson Arts Plaza, is an initiative of the City of Vancouver’s Public Art Program in conjunction with the Libby Leshgold Gallery at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Dana Claxton’s A Guerilla Seeks a More Trained Lesson is part of our inaugural program. This program included the work of Barry Doupé and will feature new work by Krista Belle Stewart in the spring of 2019. The screen operates from 8am-9pm daily.

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Video still, Dana Claxton, A Guerilla Seeks a More Trained Lesson, 2018, 14:32