2021 Exhibition Schedule
JANUARY 21 to APRIL 4 | 2021
The Tip of the Iceberg
Whitney Brennan, Liz Carter, David Ellingsen, Colton Hash, Aimée Henny Brown, Bettina Matzkuhn, Monique Motut-Firth, Desirée Patterson, Sydney Pickering, Rachel Rozanski, and Jordan Schwab
Desirée Patterson, Anomaly iii, 2020. Metallic chromogenic print mounted on dibond.
Bettina Matzkuhn, SOS: Freedom, 2019. Hand embroidery (cotton and silk thread) on painted linen, cotton canvas, assorted sewing notions, foam inserts. Presented standing on mirror.
Climate extremes, disrupted habitats, and sea level rise, like the tip of an iceberg, are the most apparent elements of a much bigger concern. Climate change, linked to an increase in greenhouse gasses, encompasses these and many other environmental factors that, in turn have social, political, and economic consequences. Through diverse media including photography, digital prints, sculpture, video andsound, the work of eleven BC-based artists explore this pressing issue from different perspectives.
Conversations with Landscapes: 45 Days in Oqaatsut
Lenka Novakova, Conversations with Landscapes 45 Days in Oqaatsut, detail, 2020. Photograph.
The project has been developed with the support of Arctic Culture Lab.
In Conversations with Landscapes: 45 Days in Oqaatsut, Montreal artist Lenka Novakova builds an immersive environment inspired by nearly two months spent in a small coastal community on the west coast of Greenland, 250 km north of the Arctic Circle. Her days were spent observing, thinking and occasionally engaging with the contemporary life of local Inuit communities near Greenland’s Ilulissat Icefjord, the sea mouth of one of the fastest and most active glaciers in the world. Using materials related to fishing and hunting: fishing nets, sleds and seal skins, she reflects upon the anthropocene’s increasing impact on the land and the significant challenges it represents to life and culture. In Conversations with Landscapes Novakova’s installation explores a fascinating array of seemingly distant landscapes and hopes to stimulate awareness of the challenges of climate change.
APRIL 23 – JULY 4 | 2021
An Exercise in Listening
Ruth Cuthand, Annie Dunning, Genevieve Robertson & Kelsey Stephenson
Through sculpture, sonic art, video, drawing and printmaking, An Exercise in Listening explores themes such as place, change, ignorance, and deep engagement. This exhibition aims to provoke reflection on climate change and human environmental impact upon our freshwater resources. Freshwater health, access, security, and biodiversity are all impacted by climate change – a global crisis that has been known for over thirty years. Yet, in spite of a multitude of warnings from scientists, politicians, artists, and everyday people, humanity largely remains on a capitalist trajectory defined by growth and resource extraction. In response to our current predicament, this exhibition asks how each of us can do a better job of listening to the planet and to each other.
Genevieve Robertson, Alluvial Fan, 2019. Silt from the Columbia River’s Rosevelt, McNarry, and Wanapum reservoirs on paper. Installation view, Spill (3 September-1 December 2019), at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia. Photo: Rachel Topham Photography.
All for Water
Morgan Asoyuf, Shirley Babcock, Luke Blackstone, Lori Goldberg, Anna Gustafson, Corey Hardeman, David Harder, Bill Horne, Betty Kovacic, Anna-Marie Lawrie, Evan Locke, Neil McClelland, Catherine Ruddell, Joanne Salé, June Yun
David Jacob Harder, Drinking Vessels, 2019 – 2020. Concrete.
All for Water aims to provoke critical thinking around the global availability and health of freshwater, including the social, economic and political change required to protect this resource for generations to come. According to UN-Water, an inter-agency of the United Nations, it is estimated that by 2050 there will be insufficient freshwater for all the earth’s inhabitants. Currently, Canada’s lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands hold twenty percent of the world’s freshwater. As residents of this country there is a great responsibility to take care of its water and to be prepared, potentially, to share it with those beyond our borders.