A closer look at emotions

The world is as soft as a volcano: a moving composition is one of the two recently opened exhibitions at Chinatown’s Centre A. A collection of works by local artist Lam Wong, the pieces on display are varied yet connected, abstract yet highly personal. The exhibition runs until Mar. 14. Personal abstraction While there are…

Labour’s Trace: a history of cultural identities

Labour’s Trace, a two-person exhibition with artists Karin Jones and Amy Malbeuf showcasing pieces that reflect ideas connected to labour, livelihood and histories of colonization, will run from Feb. 15–Apr. 11 at the Richmond Art Gallery (RAG). The exhibition is based on the idea that notions of labour thread through works grounded in concepts of livelihood.…

A story told in images and a few words

The Surrey Art Gallery Association will host their first Thursday Artist Talk of 2020, on Jan. 9, a monthly series that provides a platform for different artists to share their work and their experiences with the local public. This month’s event will be led by New Westminster-based graphic novelist PJ Patten, whose upcoming book Tower25…

The Power of Tibetan words: golden letters arrayed like stars and planets

“I love the earthiness of Tibetan culture and think this is something often lost in translation in the West. This reverence for text and words manifests in very concrete, tangible ways,” says curator Patrick Dowd. The exhibition is ongoing until Feb. 20, 2020 in the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC. The power of…

How green is your muse? An appreciation and a wake-up call

Celebrate nature at The Filipino Music and Art Foundation’s new exhibition of nature-themed artwork at Surrey Art Gallery. How Green Is Your Muse? is a collaborative project, displayed until Feb. 2, consisting of thirty-four contributions from 12 different Filipino-Canadian artists. How Green Is Your Muse? is first and foremost an appreciation of nature from artists who derive…

A leap of passion

“If not now, then when?” This is the very question Janet Strayer asked herself when she was considering taking the terrifying leap from a successful career as a psychology professor to become an artist. The Wings of Imagination exhibit will be running Nov. 28, 2019–Jan. 5, 2020 at the Sydney and Gertrude Zack Gallery. From…

Playing with Fire at the MOA

Ceramics are more than just bowls to gather dust in a cabinet, especially in the cultural commentary present in the works displayed in Playing with Fire: Ceramics of the Extraordinary. The art installation showcases 11 celebrated B.C. artists at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA) Nov. 22 and runs until March 29, 2020. “There is no doubt that…

Artificial Intelligence: culprit or saviour?

An extension of artist Amy Chang’s previous project, New Industrial Revolution, Artificial Intelligence explores themes of fusing organic life with mechanical parts in the steampunk style. The exhibition, Artificial Intelligence, hosted by the Burnaby Arts Council and presented at Deer Lake Gallery, opens Nov. 2 and runs through Nov. 30. A rocky creative process Chang, 65, graduated…

Cave to Dream: An intimate experience of ritual and tradition

Vancouver artist Cindy Mochizuki contemplates cyclic temporalities, the power of dreams, and the transience of human existence in her multi-media body of work, Cave to Dream – currently on display until Nov. 17 at the Richmond Art Gallery. Mochizuki’s hand-drawn animation and live-action storytelling conceal both her human and non-human figures within a cave, where characters…

Out of Concealment – The interconnectedness of femininity, the supernatural, and the environment

Haida artist, activist and lawyer Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson manifests an Indigenous ethos of environmentalism while honouring the power of Indigenous femininity in her solo exhibition Out of Concealment on display at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art from Oct. 23, 2019–Apr. 5, 2020. What began as writing songs about supernatural beings for her 2017 album Grizzly Bear…

Shining a light on Vancouver’s Black communities, past and present

BlackArt Gastown is committed to preserving and promoting the historical, cultural, societal and economic contributions made by Black settlers, immigrants and their descendants to Vancouver. The non-profit organization is presenting the collaborative installation East End Uprising, a love letter to Vancouver’s Black communities past and present, from Oct. 1 to 15 in locations across downtown Vancouver.…

Women in clay

Mangia! Mangia! Images of Italian women abound in popular culture, from the grey-haired grandmother who urges to eat spaghetti to sultry sirens the likes of Sophia Loren. A new ceramic art exhibition at the Italian Cultural Centre, curated by Angela Clarke, engages with these and other female stereotypes, examining what they mean for women today.…

Spill: fluidity over boundaries

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery will be flooded with the inspiring and educational environmental work of the artists contributing to the Spill exhibit. Guadalupe Martinez curated the Spill: Response portion of the exhibit, which can be seen from Sept. 3 to Dec. 1. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Martinez moved to Vancouver in 2008 at the age…