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Sep – Oct 2017 British Columbia Vignettes

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By Robin Laurence

Kathy Hinde, Piano Migrations (Dominion)

DOMINION  New Media Gallery, New Westminster, Aug 5-Oct 1 This dazzling exhibition of internationally acclaimed new media artists places us on the fluctuating boundary between the natural and the technological, the real and the illusory, the organic and the code. Work ranges from a shifting and shimmering LED matrix by Jim Campbell to Kathy Hinde’s piano soundboard “played” by a flock of swallows, and from a fantastical spinning sculpture of stroboscopic light by Mat Collishaw to the “generative sound” of Davide Quayola’s plant studies.

Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith, London Street Scene Circa 1910  (Uno Langmann)

CITYSCAPE IMPRESSIONISM   Uno Langmann, Vancouver, Thru Sep 30  Although Impressionist artists are often associated with shimmering, sunlit landscapes, they also focused their proto-Modernist vision on the energy and vibrancy of city life. This exhibition highlights Impressionist cityscapes by six artists, including Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith. Born in England, Bell-Smith immigrated to Canada at the age of 20 and dedicated much of his career to Canadian subject matter. However, he also made return trips to England, as evident in his lively London street scenes.

Rebecca Chaperon, Cave Witch

REBECCA CHAPERON: CAVE PAINTINGS  Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver, Sep 2-Oct 14   Psychological symbols and narrative currents swirl around the young women in Rebecca Chaperon’s paintings. Her figures often appear to be enacting mysterious rites in surrealistic landscapes. In her latest series of paintings, the recurring image of the cave suggests uncertainty and ambiguity. It is, Chaperon says, “an imagined psychological space where introspection and transformation take place.” Emerging from their cave habitations, her figures resonate with an odd otherness.

Thomas Deerick and Mark Ellisman, Cerebellar Purkinje Neurons, 2007 (Belkin)

THE BEAUTIFUL BRAIN Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver,
Sep 5-Dec 3 
One of three complementary exhibitions on at the gallery, The Beautiful Brain features the drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852-1934), known as the father of modern neuroscience. A Spanish pathologist, histologist and neuroscientist, he won a Nobel Prize in 1906 for his discovery of the existence and structure of neurons. Long before nerve cells could be visualized through electron microscopy, he created speculative drawings of them, brilliantly informed by both his scientific insights and his early training in art.

Eve Leader, Untitled, 2017

EVE LEADER  South Main Gallery, Vancouver, Sep 8-Oct 1  Vancouver artist Eve Leader creates evocative oil paintings on Mylar, combining figuration and abstraction to muse on the human condition, the mystery of life and the elusive nature of reality. “I try to capture that moment of bewilderment when structure and order in our existence break down, everything looks unfamiliar, and we are sure of nothing,” she writes in her statement. Her hovering, androgynous figures suggest loss, fragility and mortality, but also compassion and the redemptive power of love.

Junichiro Iwase, Level 1, 2017

JUNICHIRO IWASE: MU: Beyond Duality Art Beatus, Vancouver, Sep 15-Nov 10 Informing the paintings and sculptures in this solo exhibition is the Buddhist concept of mu, which the artist defines as recognition “that there is no definitive right or wrong, true or false, or good or bad.” Junichiro Iwase’s subtly nuanced variations on Hard-Edge and minimalist strategies eschew these kinds of polarities and, instead, pose possibilities for meditation and even transcendence. Art, he writes, “is merely an extension of nature.”

Holly Ward, Future Farmer, 2017

HOLLY WARD: PLANNED PEASANTHOOD  Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, Sep 16-Nov 4 Artist as survivalist? Installing her work in the Cube, the gallery’s experimental space, Holly Ward explores ideas around her ongoing project The Pavilion. A geodesic dome in a rural setting, developed in collaboration with Kevin Schmidt, it aspires to be a site of artistic research and production in direct response to threatening environmental and political conditions. Ward’s show consists of two- and three-dimensional works that address the need for new skills and tools for creative self-reliance.

Ursula Johnson, Upmetuk O'Pltek Form, 2012

URSULA JOHNSON: MI’KWITE’TMN  The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford,
Sep 21-Dec 31 
The show’s Mi’kmaw title translates as “Do You Remember,” signalling Ursula Johnson’s use of deconstructed basketry elements to address ancestry, identity and cultural knowledge. The three-part exhibition includes silkscreened and sandblasted images of baskets made by the artist’s great-grandmother; an “endurance performance” of the artist processing ash wood to the point of exhaustion; and an interactive archival and museological space.

John Kissick, Burning the Houses of Cool Man, Yeah No. 5 (Hang the DJ), 2016

ENTANGLED: TWO VIEWS ON CONTEMPORARY CANADIAN PAINTING  Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Sep 30-Jan 1 This ambitious survey examines “two distinctly different modes” of painting that have emerged in Canada since the 1970s – that is, from a time when painting’s relevance within the Postmodern movement was “hotly debated.” Drawing on the work of 31 contemporary artists from across the country, the show’s curators argue that two approaches to painting were birthed out of that earlier debate, one driven by concepts and ideas, the other by materials and processes.

Clint Neufeld, One Yellow Rose

CLINT NEUFELD AND SARA ROBICHAUD  Gallery Jones, Vancouver, Oct 12-Nov 18 In this two-person show, tropes of masculinity and femininity invite us to consider the role gender plays in shaping our understanding of the world. Saskatchewan sculptor Clint Neufeld stacks up and mixes up wax and ceramic castings of engine parts and other mechanical objects, while BC painter Sara Robichaud draws inspiration from the forms and shadows of domestic objects and antique furniture within her Nanaimo home – itself an evolving work of art.