Mainstreeters: Taking Advantage, 1972-1982 was an exhibition, website and now a publication that shines a light on a self-identified collective of socially and artistically motivated men and women who came of age on Vancouver's Main Street, once the dividing line between a predominantly Anglo middle-class west side and a multicultural working-class east side. The Mainstreeters, Kenneth Fletcher, Deborah Fong, Carol Hackett, Marlene MacGregor, Annastacia McDonald, Charles Rea, Jeanette Reinhardt and Paul Wong were a self-described 'art gang' who travelled the city with cameras, recording their findings, stagings, arguments, and experiments. Emerging from the end-stage hippie era, the gang drew from glam, punk and a thriving gay scene to become an important node in the local art scene. Their activities connect the influential interdisciplinary salon of Vancouver's Roy Kiyooka in the early 1960s with the collective-oriented social practices that have emerged worldwide in the early years of the 21st century.
The project was initiated by Glenn Alteen and curated by Alison Collins and Michael Turner in collaboration with grunt gallery and Presentation House Gallery. The exhibition was in January 2015 at the Satellite Gallery, Vancouver.
Designed by Carey Schaefer, printed by POP Promote Printing, Taiwan.
21 x 14.5cm
numerous color & b/w reproductions
- Publisher: Presentation House Gallery
- Authors: Allison Collins and Michael Turner