Upcoming Exhibitions

Fall 2016

States of Matter
Ruth Beer


September 29, 2016 - January 8, 2017

Ruth Beer, Stretch (detail), 2015. Magnetic Copper electrical wire, 90” x 36” x 8”

Developed in collaboration with the Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George, this exhibition presents the work of Vancouver artist Ruth Beer who uses sculpture, woven structures and video to address the interlaced relationships between extracted resources, such as oil and copper, and the environment and culture.
Copper is a culturally significant material for many BC First Nations, but it primarily viewed by Western cultures as a highly valued commodity. Oil is one of the most pervasive substances in our daily lives— powering economies, shaping political decisions, and fueling debates—yet it is largely invisible to us. Ruth Beer addresses the ambiguous material and conceptual properties of these substances through sculpture, video and fibre-based works. Tracing the movements of these substances from their subterranean origins to their environmental impacts, the artist tests the possibilities of beauty and vulgarity in the convergence of oil, soil, water and sky.

 

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Migrations
Judith Currelly


September 29, 2016 - January 8, 2017

Judith Currelly, Calving Grounds, 2006, oil on wood panel, 60" x 120".

Judith Currelly has been painting for over 30 years and has developed a distinct style that is a vehicle for her ongoing exploration of the interrelated conditions, patterns and structures that occur between land, sky, water and lifeforms. Inspired by the stark and vast landscapes of Northern British Columbia and the Yukon, every aspect of her life — from homesteader to artist to bush pilot — is influenced by the land. Beyond the reminder of our absolute reliance on the environment for our survival, the artists’ work also prompts audiences to consider the intangible, spiritual qualities that connect humankind to our surroundings, and the importance of this to our collective well-being.

Architextiles
Pam Dangerfield, Gail Hunt, Nancy Riemersma, Lilly Thorne & Patt Wilson


September 29, 2016 - January 8, 2017

Gail Hunt, Elements of Construction METAL: The House Remembers Earth’s Crust, 2016, photo transfer, paint, dyes, cotton fabric and thread.

The structures and materials that provide the backdrop for our everyday lives create the context for all of our relationships, from the familial to the political. Five British Columbia textile artists come together in this exhibition to examine interpret architecture through the fiber arts. New work by Pam Dangerfield, Gail Hunt, Nancy Riemersma, Lilly Thorne & Patt Wilson addresses a variety of themes related to the built environment including the elements of construction, the nature of domesticity, and the materiality of our surroundings.