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Oh, What a Blow That Phantom Gave Me!

Raymond Boisjoly, Melanie Bond, Natalie Doonan, Jesse Gray, Joshua Hite, Paul Kajander, Marilou Lemmens & Richard Ibghy, Elizabeth Milton, Colin Miner, Ryan Peter, Kristina Lee Podesva, Sarah Turner

20 January to 18 February 2007

Opening Reception: Friday 19 January 8 to 10 p.m.

Belkin Satellite, 555 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

Oh, What a Blow That Phantom Gave Me! features new works by thirteen UBC Master of Fine Arts students in a variety of mediums. What unites the works is their exploration of the concepts of perception and translation.

The title of the exhibition is inspired by the famous windmill scene in Cervantes’ Don Quixote, and the book by Edmund Carpenter of the same name. The prevailing theme of Oh, What a Blow That Phantom Gave Me! is translation (or mistranslation), underlined by its working process. In the case of this exhibition, the curators made phantom “interventions” into the artists’ practices, resulting in a dialectical dialogue between the curators and the artists. The thirteen audio, textual, and visual “interventions” were playfully based on the referential title and the themes of the exhibition. Forming a collective yet fragmented and macabre narrative, the “interventions” are suggestive of the intangibility of individual perception and its concomitant effect on interpersonal relationships. The artists interpreted their analytical and visceral reactions to the “interventions” into their respective artworks.

Oh, What a Blow That Phantom Gave Me! is curated by the University of British Columbia’s first year MA Critical and Curatorial Studies students, Jacqueline Mabey, Kim Nguyen, and Alison Rajah.

This exhibition is supported by the Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory and the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of British Columbia.

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