Knock on Woods

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Knock on Woods, 2008 © Yvette Poorter
Knock on Woods

236 East Pender Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 1T7
June 17th, 2008 - June 21st, 2008

604 681 6740
noon-5, Wednesday-Saturday
installation, conceptual


Knock on Woods: A Roving International Artist Residency
Yvette Poorter

Tuesday June 17 to Saturday June 21, 2008
Closing reception: Saturday, June 21 at 7:00 pm

With Knock on Woods, Rotterdam-based artist Yvette Poorter takes a nomadic version of her previous residency projects This Neck of the Woods (2005-07) and A Week in the Woods (2001-03) on the road throughout Canada, with this scheduled lay-over at the Helen Pitt Gallery. Poorter will also be presenting this project at Open Space (Victoria), Mercer Union (Toronto), Modern Fuel (Kingston) and Quartier Ephemère (Montreal).

Knock on Woods International Residency is a constructed space that dedicates itself to offering local and international artists of all sorts a sense of rootedness and respite from a hectic and bewildering globalism. The residency is a para-site that consists of a rustic tent-cabin and a forest of tree-flags.

Artists are invited to do a residency with Knock on Woods for a minimum of four and a maximum of 24 hours. Any kind of work/non-work will be considered: out-come-based projects, pointless exploration, rest or respite.

For more information on the background for this project, the artist, and a link to Knock on Woods, please visit

YVETTE POORTER is a Canadian/Dutch artist currently residing in Rotterdam. Her sculpture, video, photography and installation have been shown extensively in North America and Europe, and in Japan, most recently at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Victoria BC), Buro Dijkstra (Amsterdam), TENT (Rotterdam) and Ouve, O Seculo (Lisbon). In 2005 she was part of the photography exhibition Duplicitous, at the Helen Pitt Gallery.