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  1. Glenn Lewis. Stills from 4 Intersections, 1969. Courtesy of Glenn Lewis.

Michael O'Brian Family Foundation Launches New Satellite Gallery

4 Intersections: Glenn Lewis

21 October to 7 November 2010

Opening Reception: October 23, 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Performance: Petroglyphs by Peter Morin, 7:00 pm

Opening Remarks: 7:30 pm

Satellite Gallery, 560 Seymour Street, 2nd Floor, Vancouver, BC

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Vancouver, BC—Three major institutions are about to embark on a groundbreaking arts initiative in the heart of downtown Vancouver. The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Museum of Anthropology, and Presentation House Gallery—with the generous support of the Michael O’Brian Family Foundation—will open the doors to Satellite Gallery on Saturday, October 23rd. This is a new, shared project space devoted to exploring the boundaries of artistic and institutional practices.

“In addition to the opportunities provided by established art institutions in Vancouver,” said Michael O’Brian of the Michael O’Brian Family Foundation, “there is a need and desire for practitioners and students to have exhibition spaces to try out new projects and engage in meaningful dialogue with the public. Satellite Gallery is an ideal space for experimentation, learning and engagement in the arts.”

Satellite Gallery opens with a significant nod to Vancouver’s own history of experimental art, presenting an early video installation by Vancouver-based artist Glenn Lewis. Exhibited here for the first time in a completed state, 4 Intersections depicts a performance that took place in 1969, only a few blocks away from Satellite Gallery, marking the block bordered by Dunsmuir and Homer, Hamilton and Pender streets.

Glenn Lewis was born in Chemainus in 1935 and studied at the Vancouver School of Art, UBC (where he also taught), and with the ceramicist Bernard Leach in England. Initially working in ceramics, by the mid 1960s he began developing a remarkably expansive art practice that has been widely exhibited, performed and screened.

4 Intersections is a part of the exhibition Flakey: The Early Works of Glenn Lewis at Presentation House Gallery in North Vancouver, through November 14th, 2010. It is curated by Reid Shier and Helga Pakasaar and organized by the staff of Presentation House Gallery.

Join us for the opening party to celebrate this new initiative on
October 23rd from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Opening remarks begin at 7:30 pm.

Special opening-night performance, 7 pm:

Petroglyphs, a new performance work by Victoria-based artist Peter Morin, will help to inaugurate the Satellite Gallery. Peter uses a six-square-metre button blanket and new petroglyphs to explore connections between indigenous knowledge, community, and urban spaces. Organized by the UBC Museum of Anthropology.

Satellite Gallery is adjoined by the commercial gallery Blanket Contemporary Art Inc., where a new exhibit of works by Berlin-based artist Matthias Dornfeld will open on the same night.

For further information please contact: Jana Tyner at,
tel: (604) 822-1389, or fax: (604) 822-6689