Caught in the Middle | Aug 23-27, 2010

Posted by Joy Kim & filed under Art & Design, Pop Culture.

Esther Frid holds "El Atardecer de la Vida," a book she wrote about the stories of seven senior Latin American women living in Canada

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Artist Yoriko Gillard explores culture, generation gaps and femininity in her gallery and performance art shows. Just last Wednesday she blew away audience members as she swiftly slashed away the hair of eight random, nervous participants. This week she continues her art series with “Caught in the Middle.”

    Caught in the Middle

    August 23-27, 11am-4pm | AMS Art Gallery

    Opening Reception: 21st 5pm-8pm

    2090 E Mall, Greater Vancouver A (Inside UBC SUB)

Gillard is a combination of gentleness with a passionate voice; her work is haunting and beautiful. There is something about her work that we can all relate it in some way. Well, she’s no rookie in this business; she has already presented multiple shows in both Japan and Canada.

She offers her artist statement for this show:

I was told “Skinny, too tall, ugly, shy etc…”

I was sad, but pretended to be fine when I wasn’t.

I am discriminated against many times.

I don’t know why, but I know how I feel.

I understand peoples’ pain through my experiences.

Life is unreasonable most of the time, I feel, but that’s why

I choose to be honest with myself when I have a chance to

create art works.

Art is an outlet for me to communicate with people.

It is for me, in the end.

Gillard is incredibly humble so you won’t find her putting billboards of her own face up. You might see her working in the community though. So keep a close eye out. She’s sure to blow you away.

See you at the show! (P.S. It’s free).

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