Publications

T’xwelátse

T’XWELÁTSE IS A MAN. He was turned to stone but he is still alive. He connects us to time immemorial. He is at the heart of the exhibition Man Turned to Stone: T’xwelátse as it was produced at The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford in April 2011. . . . This book is a translation of that exhibition, a transformation in itself, helping to keep this story alive.
—From the Introduction

AND WHAT A STORY IT IS. T’xwelátse, revered ancestor of the Ts’elxwéyeqw Tribe (Chilliwack Tribe) of the Stó:lō people, was born in the distant past when the world was not quite right. He lived in the land of the Stó:lō, in what is commonly known as the lower Fraser River watershed of southwestern British Columbia. How T’xwelátse was turned to stone is one part of his story. But only part. Late in the nineteenth century, he was taken from his community and ended up in a Seattle museum. Another century passed. In 2006, due to the eff orts of his family caretakers, T’xwelátse came home to his people. The loss of T’xwelátse coincided with the loss of many aspects of Stó:lō culture and landscape through the effects of colonization. His return speaks to cultural renaissance and brings the opportunity for learning and crosscultural understanding. Using various media—from photography through storytelling, film, and dance—this book, like the exhibition on which it is based, relates multiple transformation narratives to bring forward the story and enduring message of T’xwelátse: We must all learn to live together in a good way.

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Man Turned to Stone: T'xwelátse can be purchased at The Reach.

For more information, contact Donna Dempsey

 

Betwixt and Between:
Jude Griebel and Dana Holst

Betwixt and Between is a two-person exhibition, featuring painted sculptures by Alberta artists Jude Griebel and paintings and a drawing installation by Dana Holst.

This exhibition investigates the fragile relationship between humankind and the natural world. From supernatural phenomena, to dreams and the cycle of life, the works of Griebel and Holst examine young characters negotiating subjects of power and mortality, growth and loss through imagined scenarios.

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The exhibition monograph and accompanying digital catalogue can be purchased at The Reach. Cost: $5

For more information, contact Donna Dempsey

 

Jay Hanscom monograph

Milkshakes & Gasoline
Jay Hanscom

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.

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The exhibition monograph is available at The Reach.

For more information, contact Donna Dempsey