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three photographs from a 1985-95 study, ‘2houses’

with images from south-eastern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands

Gordon Brent BROCHU-INGRAM BFA, PhD

studio practice in

public art, environmental design &

related photography

highlights of studio practice: 2017-march-brochu-ingram-arts-vitae

arts & institutional vitae: 2016-11-18-pp-gordon-brent-brochu-ingram-cv-contemporary-visual-art-env-design

Two Camassia spp. on historic Songhees village site, Dallas Road Victoria, Vancouver Island, May 1978, photograph by Gordon Brent Ingram

Acacia tree and hut south of Ighalabelabene, Bagzane Plateau, Air Mountains, 17 November 1986 by Gordon Brent Ingram

Gordon Brent Brochu-Ingram: concerns & practices

concerns & practices

* contemporary treatments of history and heritage in public art combining photo-based documentation and designs;

* contemporary treatments of indigenous North American experiences in public art and interventions;

* photography, drawings, maps and text documenting communities, cultural landscapes and environmental conflicts in new ways;

* collective and collaborative production of site-based art works and related engagement with respective communities;

* design of networks of open space and associated urban design and public art often employing geomatics, visualization and other digital technologies;

* research on and design responses to gender and sexual politics, multicultural experiences, environmental injustice, and social conflicts in public space involving photographs, drawing, plans, and digital mapping; and

* public art combined with ecological restoration as part of urban design and community development - since landart and other early environmental art movements.

Peer Badshah with Rakaposhi, Karakoram mountain range behind him, Gilgit,  Pakistan,  23 May 2006 photo by Gordon Brent Ingram

Gordon Brent Brochu-Ingram: media

Mount Maxwell, Salt Spring Island, August 1991

media

· interventions, spanning public art, urban design and landscape architecture, environmental analysis and performative events in public space

· configurations of photographic imagery, drawings, and text in both books and other publications and in larger forms in exhibition spaces and installations

· videos made from discarded cell / mobiles telephones installed indoors and outdoors

· black and white and colour designs and plans for sites and related installations

· site renderings involving drawings and photographs

· live plant and other biological material, including agriculture, used in site-based interventions

Nearly lost: Four bus-shelter posters re-introducing Vancouver’s Salish fruit trees

client / host

City of Vancouver Public Art Program

initial posters in the ongoing ‘Nearly Lost’ project: 4 different posters installed in 20 bus shelters with the poster dimension 47.25 inches x 68.25 inches.

installation

October 10 to November 7, 2016 (with locations attached)

authorship

castle grünenfelder ingram (Julian Castle, Alex Grünenfelder, and Gordon Brent Brochu-Ingram with this project involving conceptualization by all three artists, research, photographing, and initial design conceptualization by Grünenfelder and Brochu-Ingram, text by Brochu-Ingram, and final designs and electronic conveyance by Grünenfelder)

castle grünenfelder ingram is a collective of three working on the cusp of public art, urban design, sustainability transitions, and intercultural conversations especially around First Nations legacies in public space and local territories. Only working together for two years, our individual work in Vancouver goes back decades along with other projects and installations in Kamloops, New York, London UK, Seoul, Geneva, and Prince George.

As one of our projects, we coordinate KEXMIN field station, on Salt Spring Island, as a centre for research and learning spanning traditional indigenous knowledge and contemporary science for environmental planning, ecological design, public art and other forms of contemporary cultural production with a focus on the Salish Sea and its Gulf and San Juan Islands between the mainland of the North American West Coast and Vancouver Island.

Revisiting visual languages for Pacific dogwood, Cornus nuttallii, half-way up the south-west face of Mount Maxwell, Salt Spring Island

I have been photographing this particular grove of dogwoods, half way up Mount Maxwell, for thirty-five years now. There has been no sign, so far, of the introduced Dogwood anthracnose (dogwood leaf blotch) blights from the introduced fungus Discula destructiva, When finding these trees again, in a violent rainstorm on the 14th of May, 2014, all we had to make photographs were un-smart cellular telephones. But these were the same trees that I photographed decades before with medium-format Rolleiflex and Pentax cameras.

These photographs were taken in collaboration with Julian Castle. We jointly made these exposures and montages as ‘castle & ingram’.

Utopiana - Geneva - satellite scene context study

Gordon Brent Brochu-Ingram: exhibitions

Interior ceiling of pavilion, Shalimar Gardens, Lahore, Pakistan 11 February 2004, photograph by Gordon Brent Ingram

solo exhibitions in photography, drawing, designs & landscape aesthetics

· 1999 “Vistas | Traces,” Tongue Box Café, Vancouver, 10 large colour photographs. Curated by Esme Friesen.

· 1992 “Transmigrasi: Speed and Politics,” Pacific Cinematheque, Vancouver, 5 black and white photographs, 5 colour photographs and drawings. Curated by Ileana Pietrobruno.

· 1991 “Gardens of Despair: Tuareg responses to desertification, Aïr Mountains, Niger / Jardins De Désespoir: Réaction des Tuaregs devant l’expansion du désert, montagne de l’Aïr, Niger,” Royal Institute of British Architects Gallery, London, 12 colour photographs and 24 black and white photographs, 12 drawings plus text. August and September 1991. Curated by Kate Trant.

· 1983 “edziza trip / crossing cold streams,” Xchanges Gallery, Victoria, Canada, 30 black and white photographs with text, February 1983. Curated by the Xchanges Gallery Curatorial Committee.

· 1982 “edziza trip / crossing cold streams,” Prince George Art Gallery (now the Two Rivers Gallery), Prince George, Canada, 30 black and white photographs plus text, documentation of the Spatzizi and Edziza wilderness parks of northwestern British Columbia, July 1982. Curated by Prince George Art Gallery Curatorial Committee.

group exhibitions in photography, landscape architecture & aesthetics

· 2010. ‘roof’ included in the exhibition, ‘Produce Produce: Re-Examining Urban Sustainability’, Arnica Artist-Run Centre, Kamloops, British Columbia, September and October, 2010. 11 colour digital inkjet prints 11 inches by 14 inches, 4 green roof plant & ecosystem pegs from Vancouver approximately 9 inches by 9 inches by 24 inches, and a 52 page hand-bound paper book 4 1/4 inches by 5 1/2 inches. Curated by Stephanie Farrell and Elaine Sedgman.

· 1994 “Queer Spaces,” The Storefront Center for Art and Architecture, Soho, New York, (including Ingram’s 13 colour photographs, 11 drawings, and text in a larger project “‘Open’ Space” with Martha Judge) curated by Beatriz Colomina, Dennis Dollens, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Cindi Patton, Henry Urbach and Mark Wigley.

Documentation

Manifestos: Queer Space, New York, Storefront Art and Architecture, June, 1994. 254 pp.

Queer Space, New York, Storefront Art and Architecture, (broadside), 4 large newsprint pages.

· 1994 “Pushing the portrait - Part I,” & “Pushing the portrait - Part II” Foto Base Gallery, Vancouver, 5 large colour photographs with multiple exposures, curated by Ann Rosenberg.

· 1994 “From Other Places” Foto Base Gallery, Vancouver, 4 large colour photographs, curated by Ann Rosenberg. .

· 1994 “The Constructed Image,” Foto Base Gallery, Vancouver, 3 colour photographs, curated by Anne Rosenberg.

· 1993 “Introductions,” Heller Gallery, University of California, Berkeley, 4 black and white photographs. curated by the Heller Gallery Curatorial Committee.

· 1981 “Mainstream Exiles,” Goodman Building Gallery, San Francisco, 2 large montage pieces with black and white photographs. Curated by Kim Anno. documentation: ingram-1981-illustration-of-grahns-if-you-lose-your-lover

· 1979 “A Group Show of Lesbian and Gay Imagery in Celebration of Gay Pride Week,” San Francisco State University Gallery, San Francisco, California, 1 black and white photograph. Curated by Gregory Day.

Gordon Brent Brochu-Ingram: published photographs, drawings, & designs

Father & son in longhouse, Siberut, Indonesia, April 1988, photograph by Gordon Brent Ingram

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Riffat Abbas. 2011. Kafis. Muse India: The literary web journal of India (Issue Number 38 July - August 2011 Special Issues on Siraiki across India & Pakistan)                                         http://www.museindia.com/featurecontent.asp?issid=38&id=2736

Ingram, G. B. 2002. Thinking like a dynamic mosaic: Towards a strategy for conserving northern Garry oak ecosystems * part 1. Menziesia (Journal of the British Columbia Native Plant Society). 7 (1): 8 – 11. photographs on pp. 8, 9, 10 & 11.

Ingram, G. B. 2000. (On the beach): Practising queerscape architecture. in Practice Practise Praxis: Serial Repetition, Organizational Behaviour and Strategic Action in Architecture. Scott Sorli (ed.). Toronto: YYZ Artist Publishers. 108 – 123. photograph on p. 108.

IPGRI (International Plant Genetic Resources Institute). 1998 IPGRI Annual Report 1998. Rome: IPGRI. cover.

Walker, Peter 1998 Landscape architecture at Berkeley 1998 CED Views (College of Environmental Design, University of California) (Summer 1998): photographs on p. 3.

Ingram, G. B. 1997. Vancouver as porn noir: Constructing the racialized & homophobic city. Border / Lines (Toronto) 45: 30 - 34. photograph: pp. 30 - 31.

Ingram, G. B. 1997. Marginality and the landscapes of erotic alien( n)ations. in Queers in Space: Communities | Public Places | Sites of Resistance. Ingram, Anne-Marie Bouthillette and Yolanda Retter (eds.). Seattle: Bay Press. pp. 27 - 52. photographs: 42, 45, 48.

Ingram, G. B. 1997 `Open’ space as strategic queer sites. in Queers in Space: Communities | Public Places | Sites of Resistance. pp. 95 - 125. photographs: 97, 98, 111, 112.

Ingram, G. B. , Y. Retter, and A.-M. Bouthillette. 1997. in Queers in Space: Communities | Public Places | Sites of Resistance. Part 1 - Narratives of place: Subjective and collective. pp. 53 - 60. photograph: 58

Schulman, Sarah. 1997. People and their streets, places. in Queers in Space: Communities | Public Places | Sites of Resistance. pp. 77 - 80. photographs: 78, 79, 80.

Ingram, G. B., Y. Retter & A.-M. Bouthillette. 1997. Surveying territories and landscapes. pp. 89 - 94. in Queers in Space: Communities | Public Places | Sites of Resistance. photographs: 89.

Grube, John. 1997. “No more shit”: The struggle for democratic gay space in Toronto. in Queers in Space: Communities | Public Places | Sites of Resistance. pp. 127 - 145. photographs and graphics: 127, 132, 134, 138, 140, & 145.

Hemmings, Clare. 1997. From landmarks to spaces: Mapping the territory of a bisexual geneology. in Queers in Space: Communities | Public Places | Sites of Resistance. pp. 146 - 162. photograph: 160.

Ingram, G. B., Y. Retter & A.-M. Bouthillette. 1997. Queer zones and enclaves: Political economies of community formation. in Queers in Space: Communities | Public Places | Sites of Resistance. pp. 171 - 175. photograph: 171.

Califia, Pat. 1997. San Francisco: Revisiting “The City of Desire.” in Queers in Space: Communities | Public Places | Sites of Resistance. pp. 177 - 196. photographs: 182, 195.

Geltmaker, Ty. 1997. The Queer Nation Acts Up: Healtch care, politics, and sexual diversity in the County of the Angels, 1990 - 1992. in Queers in Space: Communities | Public Places | Sites of Resistance. pp. 233 - 274. photographs: 236, 238, 245, & 265.

Ingram, G. B., A.-M. Bouthillette & Y. Retter. 1997. Queer Placemaking and the dialectics of public and private. in Queers in Space: Communities | Public Places | Sites of Resistance. pp. 293 - 299. photographs: 293, 296, 299.

Ingram, G. B., Y. Retter & A.-M. Bouthillette. 1997. Making room: Queerscape architectures and the spaces of activism. in Queers in Space: Communities | Public Places | Sites of Resistance. pp. 373 - 380. photograph: 380.

Polchin, James. 1997. Having something to wear: The landscape of identity on Christopher Street. in Queers in Space: Communities | Public Places | Sites of Resistance. pp. 381 - 390. photographs and graphics: 382, 383, 385, 396, 388, & 389.

Tattelman, Ira. 1997. The meaning of the wall: Tracing the gay bathhouse. in Queers in Space: Communities | Public Places | Sites of Resistance. pp. 391 - 406. photograph: 401.

Ingram, G. B. 1996. Design for plant conservation: Techniques for setting boundaries of nature reserves. Plant Talk 7: 26 - 29. graphics: pp. 27 - 29.

Ingram, G. B. 1994. Rainforest conservation initiated by traditional island communities: Implications for development planning. Canadian Journal of Development Studies (Ottawa) XV(2): 193 - 218. graphics: pp. 208, 211.

Ingram, G. B. 1994. Lost landscapes and the spatial contexualizaton of queerness. UnderCurrents: Critical environmental studies (Toronto) (May 1994): 4 - 9. graphics: pp. 4, 6, 9.

Ingram, G. B. 1992. The remaining islands with primary rainforest: A global resource. Environmental Management (Massachusetts) 16(5): 585 - 595. graphics: pp. 586, 587, 588, 589.

Ingram, G. B. 1992. Landscape indicators for conservation of biological diversity: An example from Haida Gwaii, British Columbia. In Landscape Approaches to Wildlife and Ecosystem Management. G. B. Ingram and M. R. Moss (editors). Morin Heights, Quebec, Polyscience. 99 - 134. graphics: pp. 101, 102, 104, 106, 108, 111

Ingram, G. B. 1991. Habitat, visual and recreational values and the planning of extractive development and protected areas: A tale of three islands. Landscape and Urban Planning (Amsterdam) 21: 109 - 129. graphics: pp. 115, 116, 117, 118, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 127.

Ingram, G. B. 1990. Multi-gene pool surveys in areas with rapid genetic erosion: An example from the Aïr Mountains, northern Niger. Conservation Biology (New York) 4(1): 78 - 90. graphic: p. 81.

Ingram, G. B. 1986. International Board for Plant Genetic Resources (by Ingram). Poster: “Wild plants are important genetic resources” Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome.

Ingram, G. B. 1983. OVO (Montréal) 49 - Couples issue. page 26. PDF copy available: gordon-brent-ingram-1983-ovo-_montreal_-49-couples-issue-page-26

Ingram, G. B. 1983. Parallélogramme (Toronto) 8(3): 88. PDF copy available: ingram-1983-parallelogramme-toronto-83-page-88

Ingram, G. B. 1982. OVO (Montréal) 46 - Photography and literature. 4 pages. PDF copy available: gordon-brent-ingram-1982-ovo-_montreal_-46-photography-and-literature-4-pages

Ingram, G. B. 1978. RFD (Oregon) 18 - front and back cover. PDF copy available: ingram-1978-rfd-oregon-18-front-and-back-cover

Ingram, G. B. 1974. RFD (Oregon) 2: 47. PDF copy available: ingram-1974-rfd-oregon-2-page-47

Gordon Brent Brochu-Ingram: installations, presentations, readings & performances

In a heritage Tsawout crab-apple patch, Belling Rising Up, Tsawout First Nation, Saanich, Vancouver Island  21 June 2004, photograph by Gordon Brent Ingram

outdoor installations

· 2016 castle grünenfelder ingram (Alex Grünenfelder and Gordon Brent Ingram). Nearly lost: Re-introducing images of Vancouver’s native fruit trees. City of Vancouver “Coastal Cities” 2015-16 public art programme. 4 different, 68.25 X 47.25 inches posters, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the City of Vancouver Public Art Program, curated by Karen Henry with the following large text in local Salish languages along with English and Latin botanical on each different poster:

1. lhexwlhéxw | chokecherry | Prunus virginiana

2. t’elemay (with two vertical accents over ‘m’ and ‘y’ and an acute accent over the ‘a’) | chokecherry | Prunus virginiana

3. ?wu7úpay (with a vertical accent over the ‘y’) | Pacific crabapple | Malus fusca

4. qwa’upulhp | Pacific crabapple | Malus fusca

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Ingram, Gordon Brent. 2013. Repopulating Contentious Territory: Recent Indigenous Aesthetic Interventions in Public Space on the West Coast of Canada. Symposium on Decolonial Aesthetics from the Americas. University of Toronto.

Ingram. 2013. Designs from The Terminal City: Activist strategies for diversifying research & educational offerings for a national centre in Toronto. Faculty of Design of Ontario College of Art and Design University. Toronto.

Ingram. 2011. Repositioning the Landscape in Architecture: Site planning For Uncertain Times. University of Hawaii School of Architecture, Honolulu.

Ingram, G. B. 2010. Reinstating Transgression: Reimagining public policy for emerging political economies of queer space. presented at Reinstating Transgression: Emerging political economies of queer space. American University, Washington D.C., April 17-18, 2010.

Ingram, G. B. 2010. Queer Ecologies & Queerer Political Economies: Methods for the Re-Conceiving of Sexualities, Communities & Power Within Rapidly Changing Environments. Panel 1A Research Methods & Methodologies. presented at Reinstating Transgression: Emerging political economies of queer space.

Ingram, G. B. 2010. After The Goldrush: Methods for Assessing the Impacts of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics on Native Sexual Minorities & Development of Strategic Responses to Inequities presented at Reinstating Transgression: Emerging political economies of queer space.

Ingram. 2007. Fragments, edges & matrices: Some landscape ecologies of networks of sexual minorities within neighbourhoods. Gladstone Hotel, Toronto. Presented and discussed at Queer Ecologies: Sex, Nature, Politics & Desire, Toronto, Ontario (sponsored by York University).

Ingram 2007. Globalizing homosexual & male guest worker identities: The strategic role of Dubai’s Open Beach. Presented at “SEXUALITY AND SPACE,” a pre-conference of the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California.

Ingram. 2006. Making ‘The Ghetto’ in The Terminal City: Some queer language of resistance & community formation in mid to late 20th Century Vancouver. American University, Washington, D. C., Colloquium on Language & Homophobia.

Ingram. 2004. Redesigning public open spaces as ecological & cultural infrastructure: From Vancouver to Lahore. Workshop for Quaid College, in cooperation with Arage Resource Center Institute of Heritage Education, Archaeological Department Training Institute, Lahore, Pakistan.

Ingram. 2004. Returning to the scene of the crime: Uses of trial dossiers on consensual male homosexuality for urban research with examples from twentieth century British Columbia. RESOLUTIONS AND RUPTURES: Sexual and gender diversity and the spaces in between, conference at The University of British Columbia.

Ingram. 2003. Reconnecting: Planning networks of open space for nature & culture from Vancouver to Sharjah. Medina Forum, Institute for Urban and Regional Planning and Design, College of Architecture & Design, American University Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

Ingram 2002. The ecology of Mt. Maxwell & other northern Garry oak landscapes, Salt Spring Island Conservancy, Ganges, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia followed by a field trip on management and restoration.

Ingram. 2002. Returning to the scene of the crime: Historical fragments & unfinished plans. Xtra Speakers series, Little Sister’s Bookstore, Vancouver.

Ingram. 1997. Redesigning Wreck: The beach as site of queer placemaking and homophobic reaction in Canada. Queer Nation Symposium, Centre Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, York University, Toronto.

Ingram 1997. The city as homoerotic archaeology: Excavating lesbian and gay Los Angeles and Vancouver. Presentation of Ingram & Yolanda Retter at Beyond Baroque Literary / Arts Center, Venice, California.

Ingram. 1997. Surveying the territory: Contentions around queer space & the functions of an anthology. Presentation of Ingram & Retter at A Different Light Bookstore, West Hollywood, California.

Ingram. 1997. Queers & public space: The new localism as queerscape architectures as civic politics. Modern Times Book Store, San Francisco.

Ingram. 1997. Ghetto versus walled city: New tactics for making more & better queer neighbourhood space. A Different Light Book Store, San Francisco.

Ingram. 1997. Coming home: Mapping for queer placemaking in Vancouver. Little Sisters Book Store, Vancouver.

Ingram. 1997. Remaking Queer Public Space in the Castro Talk for Castro Area Planning + Action, San Francisco.

Ingram. 1995. Public open space in the city as strategic queer sites. Introductory talk for the panel, Queer city spaces. Queer Frontiers (Conference).

Ingram. 1995. Ten arguments for a theory of queers in public space. Introductory talk for the panel, Queer space: Sites of existence, sites of resistance. Queer Frontiers (Conference), International Lesbian and Gay Archives, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Ingram. 1993. Queers in space: Towards a theory of landscape and sexual orientation. Queer Sites Conference. University of Toronto.

Utopiana - Vernier - Geneva context study, 2014, Gordon Brent Ingram & Julian Castle

Gordon Brent Brochu-Ingram: designs, plans & proposals

preliminary studies for Utopiana, Geneva as part of the 2014-15 project,  “A la recherche de certaines récoltes presque perdu: Decolonizing permaculture: The greatest adversity comes from forgetting”

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castle grünenfelder ingram. 2016. Mnidoo Mnising | chokecherry | crossroad. a multi-site installation with chokecherry, Prunus virginiana, proposed for a bicycle trail on Manitoulin Island, Ontario.

castle & ingram (Julian Castle and Gordon Brent Ingram). 2014. Re-establishing traces of Stockholm’s postglacial ecosystems through native biota, urban design as sculpture & outdoor video sites for Hagastaden, Nya Karolinska Solna - submitted to NKS Art Committee, Stockholm County Council Cultural Committee.

castle & ingram. 2013. higher tides flooding debris flotsam driftwood repatriation, originally proposed for South London in association with Flat Time House.

side stream environmental design (including Gordon Brent Ingram and Julian Castle). 2013. We work where we live because we cannot find anywhere else to get the work done so that we can get paid: The political aesthetics of artist live work spaces in Vancouver. Concept for a cultural series on artist live work studio urban planning and political economies developed for the Vancouver Tennant Union’s Rent Assembly programme.

side stream environmental design (Julian Castle, Gordon Brent Ingram, Cameron Murray, Rose Spahan, and Debra Sparrow). 2012 - 2013. R.E.p.l.a.n.t: Bringing Salish food plants native to neighbourhoods back into urban agriculture & contemporary art. proposal for Vancouver’s False Creek Flats, for public art and urban agriculture.

Gordon Brent Ingram, Jaspal Marwah, Rose Spahan, Debra Sparrow, Julian Castle, Annabel Vaughan and Cameron Murray. 2012. search 4 redesigns: Insubordinate interventions for Vancouver’s public open space. Proposal for a curatorial series to 221A, Vancouver.