November 12, 2012

Do not go gentle into that good night

Do not go gentle into that good night

by Dylan Thomas
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

(e)merging art/music/poetry

the vancouver artpunk archive of doreen grey

Satellite Gallery presents a rare glimpse into the video archive of the late activist and filmmaker Lenore Herb. Between 1979 and 1982, Herb, also known as Doreen Grey, documented Vancouver's vibrant punk music, poetry and visual arts scene amassing an archive of some 1000 hours of video tape. As Jaime Clay, exhibition curator and close friend of the filmmaker, recalls, "Lenore hauled heavy camera packs, boxes of video tapes, cables and love the same way the musicians did. Her rich archive of the time reveals interviews during breaks in the music, secured in back alleys, down hallways, in bathrooms. Then back to recording the performance from the bottom of a makeshift stage, on stage, backstage."
The exhibition at Satellite Gallery includes still images from her archives, video projections, ephemera, collections, and video equipment, with an emphasis on the local music production in Vancouver between 1978 and 1980.
Lenore Herb (1947 – 2010) was an activist, environmentalist, filmmaker, writer, and curator. She became active in Vancouver’s art scene in the 1960s, when she began working in the collating and distributing department at blewointmentpress. During this time, she was also a participant in the Sound Gallery and Trips Festival, the Floating Free School (started by Peter Hlookoff), and Knowplace Free School (started by Warren and Ellen Tallman). She has worked with artists such as Dan Graham and musicians such as Henry Rollins, as well as acted as the long-time archivist and curator for the work of bill bissett. In the area of film, Herb was actively involved with the Pacific Cinémathèque and Cineworks for much of the 1970s and 1980s, and worked as Community Producer for Metro Media (1979 – 1983).
This exhibition is curated by Jaime Clay with assistance from the Friends for the Preservation of the Lenore Herb Archive, Dennis Mills, Diane Keenlyside, Dorothy Trujillo Lusk and Michelle Normoyle and organized by the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at the University of British Columbia, and Satellite Gallery, and made possible with funding from the Doris Shadbolt Endowment for the Arts and the BC Arts Council.  Special thanks to Saphira Coutts and Tali Foley for their kind and generous support and guidance.

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