Its humble beginnings worn as a badge, The Apartment,
begun in 2007 by owners Lee Plested and Eric von Muller,
proudly retained the name upon moving to a storefront in
Vancouver’s Chinatown from its initial one-bedroom namesake.
Plested reasons, “We have always held deep interest in how
important and challenging works of art live in a domestic space.”
This aesthetic continues its trajectory into The Apartment’s
booth design as well, a precedent its founders wanted to continue
when first participating in art fairs last year.
Inspired by late 20th century artists and their ongoing influence
today, The Apartment shows both historical and contemporary
works in multiple mediums alongside each other. This discussion,
placed within a domestic framework, seeks to show craft and
design in conversation with post-studio and conceptual practice,
exploring what Plested refers to as the perceived intersection
between artistic intention and cultural production.
After his sell-out success at NADA Miami, The Apartment
will bring works by Prince Edward Island-based painter Hans
Wendt, astonishing for his 3D quality achieved with water color.
Accompanying these paintings will be pieces by master potter
Wayne Ngan of Hornby Island, British Columbia, who has
dedicated more than fifty years of his life to formally challenging
works. These artists will present along with the young voices of
Vancouver-based painter Tiziana La Melia and New York-based
conceptual artist Matthew Higgs. www.theapt.ca
Top: Hans Wendt, Color Samples #3, 2013, watercolor on paper, 54 x 35
in. Above: La Melia, Mercer Union, installation view. Right: Matthew Higgs,
ONYX, 2012, found book page, 18 x 14 in. (framed)