Geometry of Knowing, in four parts

Geometry of Knowing, in four parts

SFU Galleries at Simon Fraser University

Carole Itter, Euclid, 1979. From the series “Euclid’s 13th Theorem,” a performance by Al Neil. Cibachrome print, 6.75 x 10 inches. SFU Art Collection. Photo: Blaine Campbell.
February 6, 2015
Geometry of Knowing, in four parts

January–May 2015

SFU Gallery
Simon Fraser University
Academic Quadrangle 3004
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC, V5A 1S6
Hours: Tuesday–Friday noon–5pm

Audain Gallery
SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC, V6B 1H4
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday noon–5pm

Part 1: January 15–February 27, 2015
SFU Gallery
Artists: Derya Akay, B.C. Binning, Eli Bornowsky, Neil Campbell, Julia Feyrer, Lawren Harris, Roy Kiyooka, Michael Morris, Gordon Smith, Frank Stella, Takao Tanabe

Part 2: January 15–February 28, 2015
Audain Gallery
Artists: Abraham Cruzvillegas, Michael Drebert, Jimmie Durham, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Sandra Hanson, Camille Henrot, Dawn Johnston, Brian Jungen, David MacWilliam, N.E. Thing Co., Kara Uzelman, Brent Wadden

Part 3: March 21–May 15, 2015
SFU Gallery
Artists: Josef Albers, Lee Bontecou, Brian Fisher, Carole Itter, Devon Knowles, Evan Lee, Bruce Nauman, Hannah Rickards, Kika Thorne, Brent Wadden

Part 4: March 19–March 28, 2015
Audain Gallery
Artists: Students from the School for Contemporary Arts (SCA), Simon Fraser University


Geometry of Knowing is a group exhibition that investigates approaches to the acquisition of knowledge in the full mind-body-spirit sense of intelligence. Organized in four parts and presented across two galleries located in a post-secondary pedagogical institution, the project investigates the way in which artists engage tactics of fieldwork, embodiment and materiality in a manner that reveals or instigates processes of knowing. In this moment of increasing standardization and specialization regarding how people learn, art is a space for innovative thinking and experimentation outside given frameworks.

Many works in the exhibition engage hybrid forms of fieldwork, borrowing methodologies and tools from anthropology, hunting, marine navigation, chemistry, herbology and horticulture. For example, Kika Thorne’s new sculptural work, The Question of a Hunch, extends her ongoing interests in geometry, the visible spectrum and magnetism as a field upon which to project questions regarding chemical composition and its political ramifications.

Knowing through embodiment calls into play the geometry of sense perception, communication and collaboration between artists and physical enactments. For example, Carole Itter’s 1979 photographic series, “Euclid,” documents musician Al Neil tracing Euclidean geometric theorems in the sand in North Vancouver. These images were projected as part of a collaborative live performance with Neil on piano, used on Neil’s Boot & Fog album cover, as well as existing as photographic works in their own right.

Manipulating materials, forms and images is a fundamental aspect of artistic production and transfigures how we experience, interpret and know the world. Camille Henrot’s 2011 video, The Strife of Love in a Dream, for example, composes a visual atlas of strategies to conquer anxiety and fear through mythology, medicine, religion, art, ritual and tourism.

At SFU Galleries, we understand the university as a site of knowledge production, dissemination and acquisition. Its architecture is spatial and social, formalizing communal inquiry, contemplation, critique and invention. Situated in this architecture, the exhibition imagines the open geometry of the gallery as a context to re-examine how the visual and material languages of contemporary art generate experiential, emotional, physical, environmental and intuitive intelligence. Geometry of Knowing explores emerging and reclaimed forms of knowledge as tools to frame how artists consider ways of witnessing, being with, querying and generating.

The exhibition includes work by over 30 Canadian and international artists across the first three parts, including works from the SFU Art Collection. The fourth component is constituted as an SFU School for Contemporary Arts visual arts course in which students respond to the exhibition’s theme through archival research.

Curated by Amy Kazymerchyk and Melanie O’Brian. Supported by a Project Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.



Saturday, January 31, 2015,
Audain Gallery, 1pm

Tour with curators Amy Kazymerchyk and Melanie O’Brian

Sunday, February 15, 2015
SFU Gallery, noon

Event with artists Derya Akay and Julia Feyrer

Friday, February 27, 2015
Audain Gallery, 5pm

Tour with Curatorial Assistant Denise Ryner

Wednesday, March, 18, 2015
Audain Gallery, 7pm

Event with SCA students

Saturday March 21, 2015
SFU Gallery, noon

Event with artist Kika Thorne

Saturday, May 9, 2015
SFU Gallery, noon

Tour with artists


Geometry of Knowing: a four-part exhibition at the SFU Galleries at Simon Fraser University and Audain Gallery, Vancouver

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