False Face: a group show on the theme of masks

April 16 – 27, 1985

About the Program

False Face: a group show on the theme of masks invited artist submissions and received a wide range of masks comprised of metal, wood, glass, and stone as well as the more traditional materials of plaster, clay, and paper mache. Some were big, some smaller. Some could be worn and somme could not. Paintings and photographs of masks were also received, for a total of over 80 works exhibited. Masks are universal, hailing from Africa to Southeast Asia to the French court at Versailles. They permeate every culture, and every culture interprets them differently. They have been a mainstay of the theatre for eons, from the ancient Greek to the Japanese Noh and Kabuki. They have always been a part of religious and mystical ceremonies. They inform us of ourselves and where we come from.


1985.0416 FAL


grunt gallery (first location)
209 E. 6th Ave, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V5T 1J8
Unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ/selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations
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