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Under New Management: Video Store

SAW Video Media Art Centre
Ottawa, Ontario
April 26 – June 9, 2018

As the curatorial collective Under New Management (Su-Ying Lee & Suzanne Carte), we bring back those glory days of the video rental store. We invite gallery guests to enjoy the ease, simplicity, and nostalgia of walking down aisles full of potential viewing entertainment. But we’re not your typical video store. Far from it! Under New Management’s Video Store is a non-commercial venture that only carries artists’ videos, with a unique rental policy of non-policy and a pay-what-you-wish with what-you-wish program. Video Store is a project that employs all of the characteristics of a retail environment to serve the local community, while challenging the gallery’s role as an intermediary that delimits the viewer’s direct access to art and artists.

The video titles in stock are artists’ works procured through an open call for submissions. “Customers” are asked to pay what they wish, which can be either cash or a non-monetary exchange. This payment model asks that the renter reflect on the value of art and demonstrate their appreciation or criticism of the work. This compensation can come in the form of a written review, book, tool, drawing, or snack. Cold, hard cash works too, but we encourage the audience to contemplate a more engaged means of communicating worth. This feature is an experimental form of involvement, where artists have the opportunity to receive responses directly from viewers. In turn, viewers have an uncommon channel to the artists. In addition to payment, rentals are also based on the honour-system to remove barriers that exist due to membership requirements, deposits, and return policies.

We would like to thank all of the artists that keep the Video Store stocked and whose work can be taken home to enjoy: Alleyway A.G., Jose Angeles, Maya Annik, Artlitwell, Rebecca Anweiler, Althea Balmes, Bambitchell, Perry Bard, Aleks Bartosik, Steve Basham, Sarah Beck, Ashley Bedet, Maya Ben Davis, Ashley Bedet, Simon Belleau, Nicholas Bierk, Charlotte Bloom, Stephane Boutet, Theodore Boutet, Atana Bozdarov, Guillermina Buzio, Pierre Chaumont, Millie Chen, Em Cheng, Emelie Chhangur, Michèle Pearson Clarke, Eva Colmers, collectif_fact, Eva Colmers, Claro Cosco, Department of Biological Flow, Sarah DiPaola, Robert Dayton, Ivana Dizdar, Zoran Dragelj, Daniel Dugas, Kristina Durka, Megan Dyck, Caz Egelie, Clint Enns, Julianne Ess, Sky Fairchild-Waller, Fake Injury Party, Ashley Feldman, Suzanne Fish, Lisa Folkerson, Magill Foote, Fehn Foss, Barbara Fornssler, Sarah Fortais, Simon Frank, Kandis Freisen, Stephen Paul Fulton, Daniel Gallay, Paul Gordon, Shlomi Greenspan, Keeley Haftner, Martin Hamblen, Emily Hamel, Ursula Handleigh, Sienna

ODD Gallery, Dawson City, 2014

Access Gallery, Vancouver, 2014

Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, Sarnia, 2014

Third Space Gallery, St. John, 2014

Hanshaw, Mike Hansen, Paul Harrison, Mathew Hayes, Stefan Herda, Karen Hibbard, Tony Hill, Grant Holt, Candice Irwin, Meredith Jones, Shawn Olin Jordan, Felix Kalmenson, Abedar Kamgari, DB Kellam, Alison Kobayashi,  Eva Kolcze, Lamathailde, Toni Latour, Anastasia Lognova, Christopher Lacroix, Valerie LeBlanc, Renee Lear, Julie Lequin, Melanie Lowe, Alvin Luong, Duncan MacDonald, Logan MacDonald, Alexis Christine Maine, Dorica Manuel, Adrienne Marcus Raja, Mani Mazinani, Penny McCann, Arlin McFarlane, Francis Adair KcKenzie, Kristine Mifsud, Kesia Minda, Andres Miramontes, Luke Mistruzz, Gordon Monahan, Caroline Monnet, Didier Morelli, Lydia Moyer, John Monteith, Grey Muldoon, Ken Murphy, Chris Myhr, Daniel Nickel, Alison Postma, Midi Onodera, Sebastian Ignacio, Juan Ortiz-Apuy, Ryan Park, Jason Penney, Jocelyn Purdie, Sarah Pupo, Jai Arun Ravine, Richard Reeves, Iqrar Rizvi, Nicki Rolls, Kuk Del Rosario, Jade Rude, Lyla Rye, Matthieu Sabourin, Nathan Saliwonchyk, Lydia Santia, Juli Saragoas, Liana Schmidt, Tiffany Schofield, Melinda Seville, Olivia Simpson, Tom Smith, Barbara Sternberg, Maximilian Suillerot, Leslie Supnet, Maya Suess, Laura Taler, Aislinn Thomas, Peter Von Tiesenhausen, Carolyn Tripp, Carmen Victor, Monica Victoria, vsvsvs, Lisa Anita Wegner, Ellen Wetmore, Elinor Whidden, Benita Whyte, Paul Wiersbinski, James Brendan Williams, Oauk Wiersbinski, Amy Wong, Damien Worth, b.h. Yael, Jessica Yeung, Robert Zverina… and many more!

Since 2013, the Video Store has travelled to the ODD Gallery at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson YT, Access Gallery in Vancouver BC, Third Space Gallery in Saint John NB, Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery in Sarnia, Union Gallery at Queen’s University in Kingston, New Gallery in Calgary, and SAW Media Art Centre in Ottawa.

Under New Management (UNM) is comprised of the curatorial team Suzanne Carte and Su-Ying Lee, a collective of cultural producers. With over fifteen years each in the art industry, Carte and Lee have launched UNM to channel their expertise and test the roles of the artist and curator with notions of audience, place and space. Operating as a mutable entity, UNM reinvents roles and shifts boundaries to inspire production and engagement. Hybridizing exhibition-based practices, we explore experiential methods to examine the relationship between art and its vast milieu.

New Gallery, Calgary, 2015

Union Gallery, Kingston, 2015

SAW Gallery, Ottawa, 2018

SAW Gallery, Ottawa, 2018

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