“Dream Kitchen” by GNAY
Audio Tour # 1: On the surface, we are looking at a pleasant enough 1960’s kitchen vignette from the artist’s early childhood. We are drawn into the warm kitchen by the red brick chimney, the oak furniture, and the gaily patterned linoleum. Suddenly though, alarm bells go off when we realize the coffee, cigarette, and wine (Sommet Rouge 1968) all belong to the young (aged nine) artist. Realize now, you are not looking at a GNAY, you are looking into GNAY, and it’s not pretty. The harsh reality of growing up on Vancouver’s rough and tumble West Side, laid bare for all to see. Now, look closely at the small room on the right, illuminated by a single light bulb, its murky depths and contents are left uncertain. Let’s not go there.