By Robin Laurance
RAVEN CHACON, GABI DAO, LOU SHEPPARD: RELATIONS OF RESPONSIBILITY
SFU Audain Gallery, Vancouver. To Dec 7
Inspired by the writings of theoretical physicist and feminist Karen Brand, curator cheyanne turions has organized an exhibition “that consider[s] the materializing effects of performance, where ethical obligations extend to the tools used, as much as to the composers and performers themselves.” Featured are works by New Mexico–based Diné artist-composer Raven Chacon, excerpts from Gabi Dao’s Domestic Cinema (2018-19) series and a screening of A Strong Desire (2018), by Halifax artist Lou Sheppard.
MONSOON: ROBIN ARSENEAULT, ISLA BURNS, CHRISTIAN ECKART, KATIE OHE AND EVAN PENNY
Griffin Art Projects, North Vancouver. To Dec 15
Alberta artist, teacher and mentor Katie Ohe has been making sculptural and, more recently, interactive works for the past 60-plus years. For her fi rst exhibition in BC, Ohe displays some of her early ceramic works, steel pieces and installations alongside the work of younger artists Robin Arseneault, Isla Burns, Christian Eckart and Evan Penny, all of whom studied with Ohe at Alberta University of the Arts (formerly Alberta College of Art and Design).
CHAJI / 茶寂
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Vancouver. To Jan 10, 2020
Cha (茶) is tea, while the meaning of ji (寂) can include solitude, an appreciation for beauty, and tranquility infl ected with sadness, presence and awareness. For artist Lam Wong, tea begins with respect for the leaf, the tea-makers, guests and Nature. For this exhibition Lam has invited the participation of artists Don Wong (his father), Arthur Cheng, Bryan Mulvihill, Chick Rice and US artist-composer John Cage (1912-1992).
New Media Gallery, New Westminster. To Feb 2, 2020
Describing itself as “Philosophy + Science of the Cartoon world,” this exhibition comes exactly as advertised, with attention given to “the laws and systems that relate to or supersede our human world.” Artists include Martin Arnold, Andy Holden, Jennifer & Kevin McCoy, patten, Jason Salavon and Mungo Thomson. Visitors can expect to see works derived from a variety of animated sources, from Looney Tunes (1930-69) to The Bugs Bunny / Road Runner Hour (1968) to The Simpsons (1989-).
INGRID KOENIG: NAVIGATING THE UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE
Contemporary Art Gallery & Yaletown-Roundhouse Station, Vancouver. To Apr 5, 2020
Long interested in the diagrams physicists use to describe chain reactions, thermal movement, molecular pressure, space-time, force fi elds, electromagnetism and black holes, Ingrid Koenig employs the entanglement metaphor to fuse scientific concepts with everyday activities like cooking, refrigerating, repairing and washing up. Working from two series of large-scale graphite drawings – Navigating the Uncertainty Principle (2009) and Force Fields (2010) – she has further enlarged these works, transposing them from paper to vinyl.
TREASURED BELONGINGS: THE HAHN FAMILY & THE SEARCH FOR A STOLEN LEGACY
Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, Vancouver. Nov 8 – 27
Rivalling those of the Sassoon and Rothschild families, the Hahn Collection was among the most important private Judaica collections in pre-war Europe. Though it was confiscated and pillaged by the Nazis during the state-sponsored Kristallnacht Pogrom of November 9-10, 1938, signifi cant elements remain, including menorahs, a violin, photographs, passports and a gold-plated cup that tells the story of Jacob. Accompanying the collection are interpretative elements that provide further context on the family and their descendants’ restitution efforts.
SOMETHING MORE THAN NOTHING
Art Gallery at Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam. Nov 16, 2019 – Jan 12, 2020
Integral to any story of the 21st century is a politic that devalues labour by assuming our desire to be seen as something other than economic subjects. This group exhibition, first shown at The Reach, brings to mind what it means to work at home as an IT data processor, or in someone else’s home as a childcare “domestic.” Artists include Aganetha Dyck, Andrew Norman Wilson, Kelly Mark and Madiha Sikander.
PLAYING WITH FIRE: CERAMICS OF THE EXTRAORDINARY
Museum of Anthropology at UBC, Vancouver. Nov 22, 2019 – Mar 29, 2020
This group exhibition features the work of 11 artists who have achieved mastery in ceramics. Rather than discrete displays of well-made wares, curator Carol E. Mayer has chosen works by those who “boldly challenge the notion that all things made of clay are required to be functional.” Showcased in this outing of internationally renowned locals are Judy Chartrand, Ying-Yueh Chuang, Gathie Falk, Jeremy Hatch, Ian Johnston, David Lambert, Glenn Lewis, Alywn O’Brien, Bill Rennie, Debra Sloan and Brendan Tang.
Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby. Nov 29, 2019 – Jan 26, 2020
Guest curator Emily Dundas Oke, of Cree, Métis, Scottish and English ancestry, presents a group exhibition that, through a variety of media, “considers communication between bodies which may be thought to be eclipsed … [where] bodies of water and the physical remnants of stone, plastic, and land become the houses for the historical traces of change and continuity.” Artists are Scott Benesiinaabandan, Dayna Danger, Jeffrey McNeil-Seymour, Caroline Monnet and Maika’i Tubbs.
SELINA JORGENSEN AND NATALIE SHUMKA: OIL & WATER
Xchanges Gallery, Victoria. Jan 10 – 26, 2020
This collaborative exhibition of Victoria-based artists focuses on their connection to coastal life and its motifs. Natalie Shumka, a traditional realist who works primarily in oils, explores the beauty in everyday objects, most recently in a series of still lifes composed of glass objects surrounded by driftwood, seashells and feathers. Selina Jorgensen, who is partial to water-based paints, mixed media and paper, evokes the earth’s unseen energies through waves and their relationship to objects found in nature.