Click here to read a recent Q&A with artist Erin O’Keefe on the influence of her background in architecture, her desire to investigate things “as they are,” and her interest in the visual illusions created with light and shadow in her work, written by Taylor Dafoe.
Several of Danny Singer’s works are currently on display at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, as part of the NGV Festival of Photography. The exhibition includes some of the most challenging and exciting contemporary photography from Australia and around the world, including Elad Lassry, Sophie Calle, Paola Pivi, Pieter Hugo, Danny Singer, Ceal Floyer, Lucia Koch, David Rosetzky, Polly Borland, Adam Fuss and Thomas Demand.
The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is the oldest and most visited gallery in Australia, hosting a wide range of activities, from contemporary art to major international historic exhibitions, fashion and design, architecture, sound and dance.
Work by Brendan Tang is featured in an upcoming exhibition Ready Player Two (May 25-September 3, 2017) at The Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotford, BC. The exhibition presents collaborative and independent works by Brendan Tang alongside interdisciplinary artist Sonny Assu, combining elements from science fiction, comic book, and gaming cultures to consider how the forms alternately reinforce and transcend racial boundaries in youth culture.
The Reach Gallery Museum describes the artistic interplay between the two artists in Ready Player Two as they address the activities of adolescence:
“In their individual practices, Tang and Assu frequently negotiate the material and conceptual dynamics of culture and ethnicity. Informed by their mixed-race backgrounds and experiences of Canadian life in the 1980s and 1990s, for this exhibition the artists bring together found objects, selections from previous bodies of work, and new collaborative pieces to create immersive spaces that evoke the adolescent sanctuaries of their time: the basement, the arcade, and the comic book store.”
Opening reception: Saturday, May 6, 2 – 4 p.m
Artist in Attendance
Exhibition dates: May 4 – 30, 2017
Living in the Complexity of an Effort* presents the acclaimed Vancouver-based painter Ross Penhall in an exhibition of selected new works. The large-scale paintings describe the West Coast landscapes of British Columbia and California with the blues, yellows, browns and greens that make the artist’s style so recognizable.
In the works, shadows play at the edge of light– illuminating trees, fields, and mountains in a checkerboard fashion. The paintings throw colour over the landscape like a quilt, softening its edges and smoothing out detail. Penhall calls these images a “reminiscence of what you see,” seemingly perceptual memories of passing glances.
Penhall’s works, and the incredible attention they receive, enter into dialogue with Canada’s long tradition of landscape painting. His view presents a curious dilemma: nature is ordered and sculpted, yet devoid of human presence. These landscapes, softened to near abstraction, exist somewhere between the once-wildly primitive West Coast and our urban reality: a nod to humanity’s ever-changing relationship to the natural environment.
*quote from Janna Malamud Smith’s book An Absorbing Errand
James Nizam/ Photo by Tristan Casey
Congratulations to James Nizam who has been nominated for the Sobey Art Award 2017. Of twenty-five artists chosen from five regions in Canada, Nizam is one of five artists long-listed for the West Coast and the Yukon. The entire long list was announced by Canadian Art this week, presenting the public with the most exciting young Canadian contemporary artists to keep an eye on.
The Sobey Art Award is widely recognized as the most prestigious national art award for artists 40 and under. The annual award, administered by the National Gallery of Canada, presents a top prize of $50,000, while awarding $10,000 to each of the four finalists. Works by the winner and the four finalists will be presented in a group exhibition from October 24- December 9, 2017 at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto.
Past Sobey Art Award winners include Abbas Akhavan, David Altmejd, Daniel Barrow, Michel de Broin, Raphaëlle de Groot, Jean-Pierre Gauthier, Tim Lee, Duane Linklater, Nadia Myre, Annie Pootoogook, Jeremy Shaw and Daniel Young & Christian Giroux, all of whom have gone on to national and international careers of considerable renown.
JAMES NIZAM, The Obliquity of the Ecliptic, lightjet print, 32 x 40 inches (and 48 x 60 inches).
Announcing the release of James Nizam’s most recent image: The Obliquity of the Ecliptic. The work was commissioned as a cover image for Capture Photography Festival 2017, which runs April 1-28 in Vancouver.
Over the course of his career, Nizam’s work has investigated the imaginative possibilities of photography in living spaces. In the Dwelling Series (2006), he used long-exposure times to create striking geometrical images with light in abandoned homes. The Anteroom Series (2007) transformed rooms in abandoned homes into present-day camera obscuras, capturing the result through photographs. In Memorandums (2011), Nizam’s work gained critical attention when he created temporary sculptures with household objects in an apartment of a social housing building marked for demolition.
Most recently, Nizam’s work continues to place the viewer within the walls of private and lived spaces, employing carefully executed demolitions to draw optical geometrics for his audience.
Capture Photography Festival was launched in 2013 in Vancouver. The annual not-for-profit festival strives to celebrate photography as an art form and engage the community in fresh dialogue around its role in contemporary art. This year, over 70 Vancouver galleries and community spaces are included in its Selected and Open Exhibition Programs.
Click here for a pdf of the preface to The Art of Peter Aspell catalogue published by Richmond Art Gallery and the West Vancouver Museum, 2015, on the occasion of the concurrent exhibitions of work from the Estate of Peter Aspell.