Satellite Gallery opens up Lenore Herb’s art-punk underground archive


When environmentalist, arts spark plug, and videographer Lenore “Doreen Grey” Herb died in 2010, she left behind a vast archive of punk- and poetry-related footage and ephemera, most of which had never been exhibited. Now the interested public can dip into her still largely unexplored holdings by checking out the Satellite Gallery’s (E)Merging Art/Music/Poetry: the Vancouver Artpunk Archive of Doreen Grey.

The video component of the show, which runs at the former A&B Sound location until January 18, includes footage of shamanic poet bill bissett and punk icons the Subhumans, but according to curator Jaime Clay, it’s skewed toward clips from Vancouver’s hitherto unrecognized art-punk underground.

“For this particular show, I sat down and I thought, ‘What is extremely unique that hasn’t been seen before?’ ” Clay told the Straight. “There was a film that came out three or four years ago, Bloodied but Unbowed, that was sort of a wrap-up of the punk scene in Vancouver.…Lenore knew that film wasn’t enough. A lot of the art-punk bands weren’t well represented—bands such as AKA and Tunnel Canary and, well, the list goes on.”

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