Unit 17 (Vancouver, Canada) first opened with a group exhibition by Derya Akay, Tiziana La Melia and Tristan Unrau in January 2017. Providing an alternative context and commercial model for Vancouver artists by prioritizing sculpture and installation, film and media, the gallery aims to position all artists’ work within a greater international context through closely developed exhibitions in gallery and museums, residencies, publications, lectures, gallery exchanges and fairs.
All spaces throughout the gallery are used for performances, readings, parties and dinners. The garden has been an invaluable tool for gathering, hosting and developing the gallery's identity. An artist collective Garden Don’t Care now take residence throughout this space
Unit 17 works closely with selected artists to develop large scale, periodical outdoor installations and performances. The gallery’s roster consists of eleven main artists. Unit 17's list continues to grow and develop with local, national and international artists.
Marisa Kriangwiwat Holmes’ most recent photographic series consists of 10 lens based works. The images are a mix of photographs and found images. They are inkjet prints in editions of 10, printed on metallic pearl paper. The works are consistent with Holmes’ practice of scanning in order to create painterly compositions with clear photographic subjects. The works are something reminiscent of a sticker book, or newspaper clippings, hoping to speak about all the ways we share images along with text information. A primary importance in this series is to note the underlying desire to point towards the flourishing of images with decoration and filters, sometimes so loud that they cloud the image.