A tiny, Chinatown gallery is proving that it doesn’t take a lot of space, money or time to put on an impressive art show. Since September, the Good Luck Gallery has featured a new artist every week, and will continue to until the end of the month. The shows are housed in what might possibly be the smallest gallery space in the city, with a Friday night launch and an artist sitting before the weekend is over. By Thursday, the work comes down to make space for the next artist.
Randy Grskovic, who is the curator and director behind the gallery, came up with the idea. Having run several pop-up galleries for his own work, he wanted to showcase Vancouver artists in a way that was fun, collaborative and relaxed.
“There’s a lack of exhibition opportunity for artists in Vancouver,” he says. “So we have to make our own.”
His mandate was to have an art opening every single week as a way of getting attention for local artists, while building a network to support everyone’s opening. The artists – who have ranged from painters, sculptures and photographers – are expected to help with the promotion and must take part in an artist sitting before their time at the gallery is up. This gives them the opportunity to speak about their work to people passing through the gallery.
All the work that has been displayed for the past few months is kept in the back and can be brought out upon request.
“It’s the mom and pop of pop up shops,” says illustrator Ben Frey, who will be having an opening this Friday, November 16. “The gallery is run in part by the artist.”
Frey is known for illustrating several children’s books and his extensive work with Victoria-based surf company Sitka. Forest and sea creatures are a running theme in Frey’s work. For his 10-piece exhibit, entitled Perils in the Wilderness, he’s drawn on folk art from Mexico and inspiration from humans’ relationship with the wild.
“People can expect a different range of human interactions with the wilderness but also some of my animal creatures I’ve done in the past and their relation with humanity,” he explains.
Good Luck Gallery is located at 243 Union Street. The pop-up gallery will host two more shows before the end of the month. Perils in the Wilderness opens Nov. 16th, 2012 at 6 p.m. The gallery is open Friday 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Any other day is by appointment only.