The following shows are currently on exhibit at Two Rivers Gallery in our main Canfor galleries. Visit Two Rivers Gallery to view these great exhibitions before they close! Check out the exhibits in our Rustad Galleria as well.
October 18 - January 5, 2020
David Campion & Sandra Shields. Survey Party, 2016. Inkjet print on vinyl. 65 x 35 inches
Produced and circulated by the reach gallery museum, abbotsford : curated by Laura Schneider
Grand Theft Terra Firma tackles settler responsibility head-on. David Campion and Sandra Shields disrupt the celebratory mythology of nation building by re-framing the settlement of Canada as a complex heist masterminded by criminals in London and played out on the ground by a gang of greedy thieves. Combining photography and installation, and developed in collaboration with many partners from the Stó:lo community, Grand Theft blends popular culture with original source material to consider Canada’s colonial history within the particularities of local experiences in S’ólh Téméxw, now more commonly known as BC’s Fraser Valley.
The project employs an “unsettling” strategy to explore Canada’s difficult past and our inheritance of its injustices. Blending fictional characters with elements drawn from historical record, the artists create a space where audiences are asked to consider their own relationship to destructive colonial practices. The exhibition supports discussion around emergent notions of personal awareness and responsibility in the process of decolonization, underscoring the possibility for art to participate in the critical discourse on social reconciliation in divided societies.
September 26, 2019 - Spring 2020
Artwork: Chris Deheus. Poplarzoid #16, 2018. Logs and wire.
Chris Deheus is a visual artists based in the area of Hythe, AB, whose recent practice has focused on developing earth artworks constructed from salvaged trees and sometimes stone. These earth works began as an effort to rehabilitate wooded areas on his family’s farm that have been over grazed by livestock. Taking the form of a barrier, these structures create a protective interior for flora to recover. In Twelves, made in a similar way and from similar materials, represents a commentary on the passage of time. Environmental re-generation is not quick and sometimes difficult to perceive even over the course of a lifetime. Though this may discourage people from making environmentally conscious decisions, this conceptually driven work asks us to consider how time and meaningful progress far exceeds the reach of a human lifetime, and of the need to make the effort none the less.
Once this exhibition concludes, the trees used to create the work will be returned to the forest where they can continue their cycle of decomposition and subsequent regeneration.
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