ex­per­i­ment­ing with col­lage. In­stead of sketch­ing each el­e­ment onto their can­vases, the pair added ac­tual pieces of news­pa­per and wall­pa­per, tak­ing the real world and in­te­grat­ing it into their art. “It changes the pic­ture plane, it changes ideas about re­al­ism, it changes ev­ery­thing,” ex­plains Bruce Grenville, co-cu­ra­tor of MashUp: The Birth of Mod­ern Cul­ture, an ex­hi­bi­tion trac­ing the art move­ment now known as “mashup”: think col­lage, as­sem­blage, remix, or mon­tage. “That mo­ment was the start­ing point for the ex­hi­bi­tion,” says Grenville. The am­bi­tious show—which is the prod­uct of a col­lab­o­ra­tion among over 30 con­tribut­ing cu­ra­tors—cov­ers four floors of the Van­cou­ver Art Gal­ley, ex­am­in­ing the way mashup art evolved as new tech­nolo­gies arose, cul­mi­nat­ing with the dig­i­tal cul­ture we live in today. MashUp: The Birth of Mod­ern Cul­ture is on view un­til June 12, 2016 at the Van­cou­ver Art Gallery. For the full in­ter­view with Bruce Grenville, visit

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