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 Back  Vignettes | British Columbia | Nov/Dec/Jan 2016-17

By Robin Laurence

MARIANNE NICOLSON: OH, HOW I LONG FOR HOME Teck Gallery, Vancouver, May 14, 2016-Apr 29, 2017 In this year-long installation, the city is seen as a place of conflicting promises and realities for indigenous people. Victoria-based Marianne Nicolson highlights photographs of her First Nations relations, taken in downtown Vancouver in the 1940s and ’50s. She uses these images together with contemporary photographs of Hastings Street and neon signage to probe and expand upon the idea of home, indigenous territory and disconnection from one’s cultural heritage.

PIERRE LEICHNER: FALSE PRETENSES Haida Gwaii Museum, Skidegate, Sep 16-Dec 31 Psychiatrist-turned-artist Pierre Leichner “explores commonalities between mental health, mining and art.” His recent work employs a range of media, including paper-cast objects, photography, time-lapse video, sound and books altered to resemble models of stepped canyons or strip-mine sites. In his statement, Leichner writes, “As an artist, I want to be part of the journey of our consciousness in our pursuit of meaning.”

ZORAN MALINOVSKI: AN OPEN NATURE  The ACT Art Gallery, Maple Ridge, Jan 14-Mar 4 Based in Maple Ridge, Zoran Malinovski draws inspiration from both European and Asian culture. His highly detailed – and at times almost dreamlike – paintings and drawings attest to his close observation of his botanical and zoological subjects. Classically trained in his native Macedonia, Malinovski also asserts that his practice of Asian martial arts such as Tai Chi and quigong, together with daily meditation, has influenced his depictions of the natural world.

TOMOYO IHAYA: EYES WATER FIRE Art Beatus, Vancouver, Sep 30-Nov 25 Born in Japan and based in Vancouver, Tomoyo Ihaya has been deeply affected by many extended visits to India, especially to the remote northern region of Ladakh, as well as to the Tibetan community in exile in Dharamsala and Delhi. Her small drawings, animated videos and mixed-media installation reveal these influences while embracing a number of themes, from the cycle of life to the forced migrations of persecuted peoples.

VANCOUVER IN THE SEVENTIES Museum of Vancouver, Vancouver, Oct 13-Feb 26 Subtitled “Photos from a Decade that Changed the City,” the show features 400 images drawn from the archives of the Vancouver Sun newspaper, displayed alongside a range of artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection. Organized around themes of protesting, building, performing and playing, the photos reveal a time of immense social, economic and cultural change in Vancouver.

GERMAINE KOH: HOME MADE HOME Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, Oct 22-Feb 12 Acclaimed Vancouver artist Germaine Koh has recently devoted herself to a creative project designing and building small dwellings. Her KAG exhibition will include two built environments employing local and recycled materials, stimulating visitors to think about alternative modes of living. Koh asks us to consider the practical design challenges along with the environmental and social-economic issues behind the idea of micro homes.

#CALLRESPONSE grunt gallery, Vancouver, Oct 29-Dec 10 The “call” was to support the work of indigenous women and artists through commissions of site-specific art, intended to stimulate dialogue between individuals, communities, territories and institutions. Participating artists then invited others to create works in response to their own. The exhibition represents both the site-specific art and the responses to it, with works ranging from photographs, videos and performative paintings to mask dancing and an altered viewing of a historical film.

NOMI CHI: SHED YR SKIN Hot Art Wet City Gallery, Vancouver, Nov 3-26 Nomi Chi draws upon numerous references, experiences and disciplines, including work as an illustrator and tattoo artist. The paintings, drawings and sculptures on view at HAWC depict “chimeric, sometimes monstrous” creatures and figures, struggling to free themselves of the ropes that bind them, interacting with each other or enacting symbolic dramas in fictional landscapes. Chi, a graduate of Emily Carr University of Art+Design, has exhibited work nationally and internationally.

EASTSIDE CULTURE CRAWL Multiple sites throughout Vancouver’s Eastside, Nov 17-20 This year marks the 20th anniversary of Vancouver’s enormously popular festival of visual arts, design and craft, during which nearly 500 artists will open their studios to an anticipated 25,000 visitors over a four-day period. Located in venues throughout the city’s Eastside, the 2016 Culture Crawl also includes performances, film and video projections, artists’ talks and a juried retrospective exhibition. See culturecrawl.ca for maps and details.

BARRY DOUPÉ Wil Aballe Art Projects (WAAP), Vancouver, Jan 5-Feb 4 Emerging artist Barry Doupé is already recognized for his computer-generated animations. For his WAAP exhibition, he is creating 100 digital drawings using an AMIGA computer. Working frame by frame, erasing a few pixels in one and adding a few to the next, he produces a series of intriguing and often humorous images that seem to combine elements of expressive figuration, biomorphic surrealism and mid-20th century cartooning.

Marianne Nicolson
Marianne Nicolson

Pierre Leichner
Pierre Leichner

Zoran Malinovski
Zoran Malinovski

Tomoyo Ihaya
Tomoyo Ihaya

Vancouver in the Seventies
Vancouver in the Seventies

Germaine Koh
Germaine Koh

#CALLRESPONSE
#CALLRESPONSE

Nomi Chi
Nomi Chi

Eastside Culture Crawl
Eastside Culture Crawl

Barry Doupé
Barry Doupé

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