The Graey Art Collective: Avery Hannig

The Graey is an interdisciplinary, Vancouver-based youth artist collective at Satellite Gallery. Together, they travel the in-betweens and grey areas of the city’s diverse community of artists, trying to piece together their own voices. The collective responds to the artistic and cultural pulse of the city through public art projects, art interventions, and individual art explorations. Through the wide-ranging experiences that have shaped each individual member, they come together as a collective not only to make sense of it all but to engage in a conversation with their city, its art, and its public.

Recently, the Graey has exhibited a public art piece in conjunction with Canada Line, entitled Tight City (2014). This photographic installation explores sustainable living conditions under economic pressure from the rising real-estate. Posing as urban residents, members of the collective play with illusion to stage a high-density living space that appears to fit inside a Canada Line exit shelter. The Tight City residents are positioned in reference to Edouard Manet’s painting, Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe (1863). Just as Edouard Manet was interested in depicting the economic and social transitions that resulted as 19th century France moved from agrarian to urban centres of production, Tight City points to the increasingly upscale movement in Vancouver real estate due to globalization.
Other past projects include a series of collaborative zines, a pop-up photo booth intervention, and an experimental film entitled Lost in a Moment.
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Lotusland will be posting the work of one artist per day from The Graey.
AVERY HANNIG

My name is Avery Hannig, I’m a member of the Graey collective. My practice is focused on photography; though, this past year i have been doing lots of film work and am learning wood carving from Luke Parnell at Emily Carr. I’m a first year and i just applied for my major—photography, of course, I’ll cry if they don’t place me there.

I grew up in Vancouver and I have lots of family in California. As a result of the many road trips I fell in love with the West Coast- particularly the pacific northwest. I think its all the dilapidated colourful houses that smell like incense and pot, the dark clay-sand beaches and the vibrant sunsets that come with them. Most of my portraits are of people I meet in my travels. I tend to shy away from candid portraits, I love street photography but I prefer to get to know my subjects so that they are comfortable with me. “Know” of course is relative. I might only be with a person for an afternoon—like Saab, the portrait of the dreaded man—while others i might know for years. I enjoy talking to people and am always surprised by strangers.

Traveling is really a passion of mine. I’ve spent a lot of time in Quintana Roo and Yucatan state in Mexico, my step-dad is from there so i’ve been all around southern Mexico. Green sea turtle conservation in Cozumel is probably my one of my fondest memories from there. British Columbia in general is my preferred habitat, but as far as Canada goes I love Montreal.

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