Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art



For Overflow, Koh recycles bottles that are collected by binners, people who roam the streets and alleys of Vancouver, picking up recyclable material – be it bottles, cans, scrap metal, clothing – and then trading or selling the items to for-profit or non-profit agencies. Koh is working with United We Can, well known in Vancouver for itscommunity based recycling service. The bottles are used to make processual sculptures and installations that change over the course of the exhibition.

With this humble gesture, Germaine Koh brings together an unusual team of partners and at the same time exposes some of the defining forces in Vancouver’s economic and cultural development, including ough questions relating to ecology, health and housing.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with an essay by Clint Burnham.

To see more photos from the opening reception and installation, go to the Centre A Flickr site