Current Exhibitions

Winter

Milkshakes and Gasoline
Jay Hanscom

The Great Hall
May 21, 2015 - September 6, 2015

Jay Hanscom, Loot, (detail), mixed media & resin on wood, 24" x 36" x 2", 2012.
Photo Credit: F. Sullivan

Jay Hanscom revisits childhood memories and fixations in his new work, Milkshakes and Gasoline. Borne of the love of Spaghetti (Classic) Westerns, B-movies, hot rods, ray guns and punk rock, the artist’s newest body of work explores masculinity and pop culture.

Combining nostalgia and rebelliousness Hanscom’s newest body of work is chock full of contradictions, contrasting loud and aggressive moments with delicate intricacy. In this contemporary blend of paintings, drawings and bold textual elements, Milkshakes and Gasoline negotiates the boyhood fascination with heroism and death and the frustrations of contemporary working class existence.

 

Spring

Fauna Crowned
Lorena Krause

The Grotto
March 5, 2015 - August 2, 2015

Lorena Krause, Fauna Crowned VII, mixed media, 36cm x 52.5cms

An updated viewers’ portraiture shown through a neosurreal pictorial interpretation of our irremediable state of external and inner interdependence with history and nature.

With the perception and assimilation of European influences, pre-Hispanic culture and the surrounding ecological world; female figures represent a new way to relate and coexist with nature, where fauna becomes the most appreciated living jewel.

Summer

The Conversation
David Newkirk

The Great Hall
May 21, 2015 - September 6, 2015

David Newkirk, The Juicetrain Dialogues, Engine #1, Ron, Pablo, Brice (detail) acrylic on canvas, 2013

The works in this exhibition were motivated by Newkirk’s desire to engage with a broad range of aesthetic models while affirming his own expressive point of view. These lively improvisations result from transformative negotiations between past and present cultures and the expressive needs, talents, and aspirations of the self. The vital, multi-layered visual and material situations that Newkirk constructs in these pieces reflect a deep desire to conjure, through complex means, a plastic equivalent to the competing theories, priorities, and coping strategies which engage us in this early part of the 21st Century.

Catalogue quote by essayist Ron Shuebrook, January 30, 2014, "History, Self, and Transformation: David Newkirk The Juicetrain Dialogues"

In the Frame
Abbotsford Photo Arts Club

South Gallery
May 21, 2015 - August 2, 2015

Eb Mueller, Phenomenon, 2014, Digital photograph

The Abbotsford Photo Arts Club is pleased to present a selection of photography that celebrates the diversity of the medium and the talents of its members. Fascinated by the interplay of light and shadow, the photographers pursue a rich variety of subjects and work in a wide range of personal styles. Dynamic scenes come alive and visual narratives draw you in. Their creative vision is expressed in capturing candid moments, unique perspectives, and a sense of time and place. This collection includes images that speak to our environmental conscience and provocative pieces that touch the human spirit. The images in this show offer remarkable insights into the minds of those who love to see the world through a lens. You, too, will discover the wonder in the frame.

Fall

Port Mann
Jane Everett

The Great Hall
May 21, 2015 - August 2, 2015

Jane Everett, Main Mast I, (detail), mixed drawing media on vellum, 42x85", 2011

The drawings in the Port Mann series capture the moment in time when the construction of the new bridge across the Fraser River is underway but the old bridge still exists. The images occupy the slipstream between conceived and existing, offering the illusion of shelter and promising the transition from the confused mess of the building site to the order and clarity of the new structure. While the images denote the hardscrabble nature of this massive project, they also honor the scale of the undertaking, and the unexpected beauty of the process saturated with light unique to the Pacific Northwest.

Additionally they explore the tension between the man made and natural environment in a part of the world where wilderness is always in close proximity and the rain forest has not as yet ceded the ground to development.

This body of work consists of large-scale drawings, 36x60” and larger. I use mixed media, usually pastel and charcoal on heavy duty drafting film or vellum. I build up thin layers fixing each one with clear gesso applied with a spray. This technique adds drips and the surface is further eroded with slashes of erasure that expose the translucency of the support.

I am drawn to construction sites for what they say about what we build and why we build it, and to bridges in particular as the perfect metaphor for an amorphous but constant longing to reach the other shore.