Readings by Kegan McFadden, Nick Lakowski, Marina Roy and Anakana Schofield

24 January — 4:30 PM, 2015

Please join us at the Or Gallery on Saturday, January 24th for readings by Kegan McFadden, Nick Lakowski, Marina Roy and Anakana Schofield.

Kegan McFadden will read from the recently published artist book, he. This text uses the technique of a singular pronoun, “he”, and purposely confuses understandings of an individual protagonist, or linear narrative, by offering numerous stories of a supposed singular “he” at different stages of life. From simple delusions to very real health concerns, these pieces attempt a micro/macrocosm loosely considering themes of masculinity, failure, queerness, aging, and entropy.They are part autobiographical and part fabrication. They are meant to allude to an index, but are purposely incomplete, offering glimpses but never the whole story. His recent publications include With Alec in Mind (2012), an artist book concerning the 1995 murder of a scrap metal/junk farmer in rural Manitoba by his grandson, and the poetry chapbook, Notes from a Fog (The Vancouver Poems, 2010) about McFadden’s messy, lost years in Vancouver.

Nick Lakowski is a Vancouver based artist. He holds a BFA in studio art from Emily Carr University (2004) and an MFA in studio art from the University of British Columbia (2012). His work is grounded in a commitment to grassroots community projects, including experience as a teacher, muralist, volunteer, board member, curator, and events facilitator for a variety of local schools, businesses, festivals, DIY art spaces, and artist-run galleries. His writing explores mostly fiction, with subject matter focused on the culture of medicine, illness, disorientation, cancer, and a mystical hysteria towards resuscitation and immorality. His painting draws anxiously and humorously from the aesthetic and behavioural determinations of data visualization, psychology, and neurobiology, the world of commercial painting and paint manufacturing, various indexes and orders of colour, and the redactive/disclosive procedure of painting itself.

Marina Roy is a Vancouver-based artist and writer. Working chiefly in the areas of drawing, painting, video and animation, her artwork explores the intersection between materials, matter, natural vs. human history, and the grotesque. In 2001 she published sign after the x (Artspeak/Arsenal Pulp), an encyclopedic book which revolves around the letter X and its multiple meanings across human cultures. She is currently completing a book project titled Queuejumping. In 2010 she was recipient of the VIVO award. She is associate professor in visual art at the University of British Columbia.

Anakana Schofield writes fiction, essays, and literary criticism. Malarky, her first novel, won the First Novel Award, the Debut-Litzer Prize for Fiction, was selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick, and was shortlisted for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Malarky was named on sixteen different Best Books of the Year lists. Her second novel, Martin John–a footnote novel to Malarky–will be published Fall 2015 in North America.

Image: April 13 (2010) by Nick Kline. Pigment ink print from the series Boys’ Shirts.

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