Writer, artist, filmmaker. Gerry Gilbert was born in 1936. He studied at the University of British Columbia (1954-1956). Subsequently, he lived in Montréal and Europe. He founded British Columbia Monthly (1972), a writing anthology magazine and was also a co-founder of the Western Front (1973). With Glenn Lewis, Gilbert organized the first B.C. Art Race in 1974, a performance piece that entailed a foot race along Georgia Street with the artists “carrying their art on their backs” for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He also hosted radiofreerainforest on CFRO Radio. Gilbert’s photographs and films have been included in exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, the Western Front, and the Contemporary Art Gallery. He was a prolific poet, with many volumes to his name, including White Lunch (1964), Phone Book (1966), I’m Getting Tired of Hallucinations (1976), So Long Song (1988), Year of the Rush (1994), and Moby Jane (2004). His video, performance, and photographic work have been collected on Gerry Gilbert/ the movie, a 12-hour videotape. Gerry Gilbert passed away in Vancouver in June 2009.
Discrete project sites documenting the work of specific artists and collectives in detail.
Essays and conversation providing a context for exploring the Project Sites and Archives.
Video interviews conducted between December 2008 and May 2009 reflecting on Vancouver’s art scene in the sixties.