Curated by James Peach
In the section, It's Mutating! works by Graham Gillmore (No Hostage Needed)and Douglas Coupland (Green Soldier Number 1 ⅔) are displayed from the AFK collection. The opportunity given by AFK was to curate a show from their collection with the possibility of bringing in artists from outside the institution. Initially this section started by looking at Gillmore and Coupland’s work and how they would contribute to themes of isolation. A world renowned artist and author, Coupland’s recent text based practice has mutated towards addressing shared feelings towards the pandemic, social distancing and how as a society we perceive this last year. One of the texts reads “It Appears to be Mutating.” While both the work by Gillmore and Coupland are from the gallery's collection, they provoked me to mutate and introduce work by four younger artists outside the collection and encourage ideas of internalized isolation, physical isolation, spaces to isolate and the ramifications of isolation. Gillmore, a 1985 Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design and Coupland a ECIAD graduate in 1984, along with Emily Carr graduates Angela Grossmann (1985), Attila Lukacs (1985) and Derek Root, created the exhibition Vancouver School, 2006, a site specific installation. Everyone has individual and shared experiences at school and in the context of this show. Like this predecessor, the new version of a Vancouver School speaks to the isolation we have experienced individually and collectively. AFK in the context of Its Mutating! has supported the opening of its gallery to outside artists and their work to inhabit space with artists from the existing collection to create conversation around ideas of isolation and the ramifications that come with it.