by carl wilson

Score One For Winnipeg

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So, Beck's new album cover is by Marcel Dzama. Mr. Hansen lags just a few paces behind the Weakerthans, Lee Henderson, They Might Be Giants, McSweeneys and others in shipping the mojo of this Royal Art Lodge wunderbar to a hungry world. (Thanks to Stereogum via Aaron for the tip.) (Question: Could this have come about because Beck's brother Channing is married to Canadian art curator Lisa Mark?) (Afterthought: Not of course that the handsome Hansens need any assist to be plugged-in to the art scene: Grandpa was a Fluxist, Grandma was a poet-actress-dancer-stripper [coughbabe!cough] who nearly got Audrey Hepburn's part in Sabrina, Mom was a teenaged Warhol superstar, etc.)

On Record | Posted by zoilus on Wednesday, February 09 at 4:30 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (6)

 

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Carl, you got it in one. (But since the selection was so overdetermined, I'm sure it would have happened one way or another.) Your site rocks! Miss you guys!!

Posted by LM on March 7, 2005 4:44 PM

 

 

I miss that too. Except in our old Exchange District building, we weren't sipping wine so much as practising back-flips and stilt-walking, and cleaning & cutting hundreds of abandoned Hudson's Bay windows down to manageable size. We had to go elsewhere for the wine.

Posted by Sean on February 11, 2005 10:09 AM

 

 

I'm only speculating, but it's very likely that Mr. Wayne Baerwaldt has something to do with this. After all, Wayne was Director/Curator of the Plug In Gallery when "Playing with Matches" (Beck and Grandfather Al Hansen) was exhibited there. My understanding is that Wayne curated the show, but I could be mistaken. He certainly did edit the catalogue/book which was published by the Plug In Gallery. Wayne is often credited with making Marcel Dzama and The Royal Art Lodge into art stars (they are also a very talented bunch). From what I hear, Wayne brought Marcel's work to L.A. and managed to attract the attention of a few hi-profile art collectors. Mr. Baerwaldt is now Director of the Power Plant Gallery, in Toronto. These days, he must be up to his eyeballs in typical Toronto corporate board-of-directors' business. Like me, he probably misses sitting around in deserted old buildings in Winnipeg's exchange district with artists in their twenty-somethings, sipping cheap red wine and watching the snow falling.

Posted by Malcolm Rogge on February 10, 2005 4:03 PM

 

 

So the question becomes, did Lisa Mark introduce Dzama to Channing or did Dzama introduce Channing to Lisa Mark? Or... Wait a sec...

Posted by Sean on February 9, 2005 7:21 PM

 

 

And to finish the circle, the Art Lodge (which was founded in 1996 - 10th anniversary next year!) is showing its "Ask the Dust" exhibit right now at Lisa's gallery, MOCA. (She didn't curate it, and it's a co-pro with the Plug In.) It opened in Nov. and closes Sunday!

http://www.pacificdesigncenter.com/Press_Releases/pr54.html

Posted by zoilus on February 9, 2005 6:12 PM

 

 

i imagine it also might have to do with the fact that channing brought his grandfather's art show to winnipeg in 1999, where it had a month long stay at the plug-in gallery in the exchange district, right around the corner from the royal art lodge loft. i'm not sure if the lodge was around back then, but the artists certainly were active in that neighbourhood.

Posted by Steve Birek on February 9, 2005 5:06 PM

 

 

 

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