Mike Macri’s first solo show in Vancouver, More Like Our Fathers, is a series of 12 high-realism cross stitchings representing goaltenders from each of the 12 teams of the first NHL expansion era (1967-70).
Hosted by Catalog Gallery and curated by Zoe Pawlak, Mike’s cross-stitchings are both stunning and painstakingly crafted.
The show opens during pre-season aiming to rouse the spirits of the many fans who love the sport of hockey, drawing special attention to the connection Vancouver has to the game. “These are portraits of men, but moreover they are tender portraits of our beloved and loyal hockey.” Says Pawlak. “We are thrilled to show such high caliber and timely work in a city that loves this sport.”
Like many boys growing up in Canada, hockey was a pervasive force in the childhood of Mike Macri. Hockey has absorbed our country and is woven into our collective Canadian conscience. “The players we watched were the ultimate denotation of masculinity.”, says Mike who uses the medium of cross-stitching to explore our preconceived notions about gender and explore a rapidly shifting male culture. “Ultimately, this work looks to address a subconscious lamentation for a perceived loss of the mytho-paternal, by way of a rupture in the established semiotics of masculinity.”
More Like Our Fathers, will be at Catalog Gallery in Gastown from Sept 16th to October 2nd. The opening night will be Friday, September 16th from 6pm until late.
Mike Macri ‘More Like Our Fathers’ at Catalog Gallery
September 16 – October 2nd.
56 Powell St. Gastown.
Shot and edited by Vaughn Robert Squire.