CARLOS COLÍN, Bolas (detail), 2018, baseballs, rope, hooks, rubber bands

Panoply of Possibilities

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, November 8th, 6-8 PM
EXHIBITION: Nov 8 – Dec 22, 2018

Please join us on November 9th for the opening reception of Panoply of Possibilities, a new body of work by Mexican artist, Carlos Colín.

The term panoply is used to describe a splendid and impressive collection of things that is, or aims to be, complete. In this series, Colín uses Baroque concepts like metonymy, ellipsis, and hyperbole to explore how the meaning and reception of words and artefactscan be altered. By performatively “indigenizing” objects, Colín calls into question the representation, meaning, and value of Indigenous objects in the context of anthropological collections.

The works in Panoply of Possibilities are made from found tools, intended for specific uses, which the artist transforms into artworks and weapons simultaneously. A pool cue is sharpened, wrapped and decorated with feathers, transforming it into a spear. Colín’s choice of objects to transform, mainly sports equipment, is suggestive of the pageantry and ritual aspects of sports events and reveals the close relationship of games to hunting techniques. Displayed on the wall like a museological artefact, the object is neither useful as a spear, nor a pool cue, and instead becomes an object of intellectual speculation.

See a preview of the exhibition here.

Tanúyap Project Space
Downstairs of Fazakas Gallery
688 East Hastings Street
(604) 876-2729

Spears, 2018
Pool cues, feathers, wood
Spears, 2018
Pool cues, feathers, wood
57″ x 20″ x 2″
Mallet, 2018
Field hockey stick, feathers
28″ x 4.5″ x 2.5″
Mallet, 2018
Field hockey stick, feathers, thread
34.5″ x 4.5″ x 1.5″
Fan Feather, 2018
Lacrosse stick, feathers
37″ x 17″ x 4.5″


Carlos Colín was born in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1980 and grew up in Mexico City. His practice aims explore how ‘art’ can create links between Latin American societies and its diasporas by looking at how artists use local knowledge, realities, and histories in social resistance as new expressions of social and cultural progress. Colín holds a Master’s of Fine Arts degree from the National School of Fine Art in Mexico City, and a second MFA from the University of British Columbia. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program at UBC where his research explores the manifestations of baroque as a colonial legacy in Latin America and its diasporas. Colín was awarded the 2016 Emerging Artist Mayor’s Arts Awards for the City of Vancouver in Visual Arts; the 2017 Artist Studio Award Program; and the Canada Council grant to the Research and Create component in 2018. His work has been shown at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; Gallery 1515, Vancouver; and La Boligoma Art Gallery, Mexico City.

NATIVE AMERICA docuseries now airing on PBS

The four-part series reaches back 15,000 years to reveal massive cities aligned to the stars, unique systems of science and spirituality, and 100 million people connected by social networks spanning two continents.

For the Northwest Coast component, the series interviews members of the Kwakwaka’wakw community, including artists Beau Dick and Alan Hunt, and features footage of a potlatch ceremony in Alert Bay.

Episodes will air on Tuesdays until Nov. 13th.

Click here to learn more about the docuseries on PBS’ website.