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Kelly Lycan, Rumination Three, Still Life

Kelly Lycan, Rumination Three, Still Life (2014), installation view from Autobiography for No One, SFU Burnaby, various materials [Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC, Sep 17-Dec 4] Photo courtesy of artist


A Fresh Look at Contemporary Still Life

Surrey Art Gallery
Surrey BC – Sep 17-Dec 4, 2016

Bill Burns, How to Help Animals Escape from Natural History (The Llama Version)

Bill Burns, How to Help Animals Escape from Natural History (The Llama Version) (2005), chromogenic photographic print on paper [Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC, Sep 17-Dec 4]

As one of painting’s three petite genres, the still life is often considered the most banal. But while it can be said that the still life lacks both the awe of a foreboding landscape and the come hither intimacy of a portrait, it can also be more than a bowl of rotten fruit or a vase of vibrant flowers, particularly when writ large, as the title of this double-barreled exhibition suggests.

In Small Stages: Still Life from the Permanent Collection, gallery curator Jordan Strom and his team have assembled works that are not restricted to tabletop scenes of lemons and dahlias – or indeed only paintings – but cover a range of media, from photographs of books with miniature llamas on their covers to chandeliers made of kitchen and garden utensils. Included here are works by Sarindar Dhaliwal, Gu Xiong, Carole Itter, Joseph Plaskett and Alex McLeod.

In Mimetic Workshop: Studio Still Lifes of Fiona Ackerman and Kelly Lycan, the two artists (the former a painter, the latter a sculptor/photographer) activate the traditional studio space as a theatrical staging ground in which to dramatize the “tension between the real material objects or spaces and imagined ones.”

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April Hickox, Variation Primaries (Blue)

April Hickox, Variation Primaries (Blue) video still [Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC, Sep 17-Dec 4] Photo courtesy of artist and Katzman Contemporary

Fiona Ackerman, The Past is Prologue

Fiona Ackerman, The Past is Prologue (2013), oil on canvas [Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC, Sep 17-Dec 4] Photo courtesy of artist

Jay Bundy Johnson, Being still (life) shows us who we are (detail)

Jay Bundy Johnson, Being still (life) shows us who we are (detail) (2016), installation [Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC, Sep 17-Dec 4] Photo courtesy of the Surrey Art Gallery



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