Caitlin Chaisson, Juan Cisneros, Sharona Franklin, Heather Kai Smith, Splenda, Temporary Investments: #tearitdown2018

Heather Kai Smith for #tearitdown2018

Works by Caitlin Chaisson, Juan Cisneros, Sharona Franklin, Heather Kai Smith, Splenda, and Temporary Investments will be appearing on poster kiosks around Vancouver from October 24 to December 15.

#tearitdown2018 is an art exhibition using poster kiosks instead of a gallery.

Street posters are covered up, torn down, and frequently disappear completely, just as the buildings of our city are torn down and replaced over and over, and just as our homes and incomes are easily destroyed at the whim of investors, bureaucrats, and governments.

They are continuously tearing these things down, but for us to say TEAR IT DOWN in response to capitalism will be viewed as aggressive and unreasonable, even if we’re just making art.

That’s something we’re prepared to live with.

Caitlin Chaisson is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and curator living on Coast Salish territory in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her research-based practices intersect around questions pertaining to the body, the environment, and social systems. She is the founder of Far Afield, an artist-led initiative that supports rural and regionally- connected artistic and curatorial practices. Recent projects have been presented at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Banff, AB), Charles H. Scott Gallery (Vancouver, BC), Omineca Arts Centre (Prince George, BC), and Ranger Station Art Gallery (Harrison, BC).

Juan Cisneros Neumann is a visual artist based in Vancouver, originally from Mexico City. A graduate of Emily Carr University, his work is based primarily in drawing but is constantly supported by sculpture, video, publications and installation.

Sharona Franklin (b. 1987) is a Vancouver based artist and writer who has shown locally and internationally. Franklin’s work disseminates a personal mythology of gender, class, bio-citizenship, and botany. Her work is reflexive to propaganda, transhumanism and bioethics, working to expand contemporary interpretations of genetic engineering. Recent exhibitions, performances, and lectures include; Placebo Mining, Patron Art House Vancouver CA (2018), The Hermaphroditic Freedom Of The Snail, Unit/Pitt Projects Vancouver CA (2017), FLUCTUAT Perpignan FR (2017), FLARE,[Feminist Land Art Retreat] Big Rock Campbell River CA (2017), Agnimag, Campbell River Art Gallery CA (2017),Messmates, Berlin DE (2016), Chimeric Dualities in Metempsychosis, Betke Atelier Berlin DE (2016), This Bod is Rental,Sweetpup Vancouver CA (2016), Un-Space Un-mind Rebalance Myths around Impermanence and Transgenics, Sweetpup Vancouver CA (2016). In 2016 Franklin published a book of visual prose titled Rental Bod, Vancouver CA (2016).

Heather Kai Smith is an artist living and working in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: the traditional unceded Indigenous territories belonging to the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh-ulh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and Tsleil-Watututh peoples. Smith’s work is rooted in drawing as a practice, lending itself to projects in animation, illustration and printmaking. Her current work explores the potential embedded within historical images activated through hand drawing and installation.

Splenda is an international enigma, illusionist and occasional educator. She is known to appear in weird places in the most convenient times and is responsible for anonymously executing many pranks throughout art history. she has now retired from this demanding lifestyle and is focusing on memoir-writing through the medium of newsletter. to sign up or for any further inquiries, email and hold tight.

Temporary investments is a twin practice of visionaries exploring the meta-space given by art. Further information is available at

Caitlin Chaisson for #tearitdown2018
Sharona Franklin for #tearitdown2018 (variants 1 & 2)

Juan Cisneros Neumann for #tearitdown2018
Heather Kai Smith for #tearitdown2018
Splenda for #tearitdown2018
Temporary Investments for #tearitdown2018
#tearitdown2018 “didactic panel by Unit/Pitt