New work by Alex McLeod has been commissioned for UrbanScreen, the offsite programming venue of Surrey Art Gallery. A lens-based animation called PHANTASMAGORIA will be projected onto the west wall of Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre in Surrey starting on January 25, 2018 and continuing until April 29, 2018. The projection animation by Alex McLeod runs from 30 minutes after sunset until midnight, and is visible from the SkyTrain between Gateway and Surrey Central stations.
The work “uses digital software to render imagery that moves between two and three-dimensional space, dissolving the façade between our own physical word and the imagined possibilities of elsewhere”. It also participates in the 2018 Capture Photography Festival (April 1-30).
Click here for the City of Surrey press release.
Fei Disbrow is featured in SAD Magazine in an article that compares and contrasts her work to artist Jem Finer. Written by Sunshine Frère, “Speculators of the Final Frontier” contemplates the two artists’ approaches to time and space.
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On January 11th, Brendan Lee Satish Tang opened a new exhibition titled meatspace at the Burrard Arts Foundation (BAF) Gallery in Vancouver following his residency as the Winter 2017 Resident Artist. The exhibition will be open from January 11 – March 10, 2018.
According to the BAF Insider blog, Tang took advantage of the residency to continue his work in “re-situating motifs from the decorative arts into new contexts”. His initial inspiration was the curvilinear cloud motif found in Chinese ceramics and scroll paintings, reminiscent of the French Nouveau style.
The show is described as an “experimental installation that imagines these cloud forms in three dimensions, modified with technological elements.”
Brendan Tang was recently featured on CBC Arts: The Exhibitionists. You can view the video and article by clicking here.
Gallery Jones is pleased to announce our participation in VOLTA NY (March 7 – 11, 2018), an annual contemporary art fair in New York City. VOLTA NY is the American incarnation of the original Basel VOLTA show and has been running since 2008 at PIER 90, New York. Led by artistic director Amanda Coulson, the fair advertises as a “beacon for creative discovery and social engagement”.
This spring at VOLTA NY, Gallery Jones will present work by James Nizam in a solo exhibition.
For more information on the art fair, click here for their website.
“They make me think of carapaces shed by imaginary–and rather large–creatures.”
Kevin Griffin has reviewed John Patkau’s sculptures for the Vancouver Sun. In the article he shares his interview with John Patkau on his intriguing creation process, which pushes steel past the point of failure into its “plastic” range that causes its shape to be permanently altered.
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As John Patkau said, art galleries are part of the public life of a city. In a recent article in the Vancouver Sun, Kevin Griffin discusses the design of the new Polygon Gallery located at the foot of Lonsdale in North Vancouver with John Patkau. The gallery opened to the public on Saturday, November 18th, 2017.
The article reveals that a driving factor in the design of the building is the “transparency” of the ground floor, an inviting attribute nearly unheard of in the gallery world due to the damaging effects of sunlight to art.
Click here to read the article “Patkau Architects design of new Polygon Gallery invites the public in to see art”.
Congratulations to James Nizam, whose solo exhibition Stellar Spectra is currently on display at the REITER Galerie, Berlin (November 11, 2017-January 18, 2018).
Stellar Spectra investigates starlight as a visual code that reveals as much about our present experience as the past. It is both a philosophical and technological experiment, unearthing equivalences in the makeup of the cosmos that suggest a perceptible pattern.
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German sculptor Katja Strunz has written some personal reflections on Markus Schaller’s new body of work, Space Garden. Strunz comments intuitively on the role of sculpture in the digital age, where the body and objects often “disappear.”
“In his essay Gegenkörper (counter body) philosopher Bjung Chul Han (Professor at the University of Arts (UdK) in Berlin) reflects on a poem by the austrian novelist Peter Handtke: the slight pressure you need to open an old iron door makes you happy. You need to lean against an old door to open it. The electric door however does not make a stand against the human body. And within digital structures, resistance, the resistance of an object, even more the object itself, gets lost…”
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James Nizam’s work is currently on display at Art Bermondsey Project space, an independent contemporary art venue in London which takes up three floors of a former 19th-century paper mill. The exhibition, Canada Now – The Tip of the Iceberg (November 1–25, 2017) brings together 12 Canadian artists whose work compels their viewers to take a prolonged look to fully understand what is presented. The project is curated by Anaïs Castro, the director of Art Mûr Germany, as the second part of a two-part exhibition Canada Now.
The brochure for the exhibition states, “Through a variety of mediums ranging from installation to video art and photography, the exhibition testifies to the complexity of a world in constant flux and aims to disavow initial preconceptions while promoting prudent attention and critical examination.”
Nizam’s work is on display with that of Canadian artists Sonny Assu, Patrick Bérubé, Simon Bilodeau, Jannick Deslauriers, Karine Giboulo, Guillaume Lachapelle, Laurent Lamarche, Cal Lane, Marie-Ève Levasseur, Nadia Myre, and Karine Payette.
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