A devotion to paper

The exhibition On the Same Page: Transforming Paper runs May 10 to June 15 at Cityscape Community Art Space. It showcases 12 artists working with paper, a material most people use every day. “This exhibition features artists who are using paper obsessively and are interested in the materiality and versatility of the material,” says George…

Processus – a nexus of student creativity and artist mentorship

Mythmaking and its role in making sense of the world is the focus of a new exhibition at the Contemporary Art Gallery this spring. Processus, a collaborative project between Point Grey Secondary students in mentorship with artist Diyan Achjadi, aims to expand the perspectives of students beyond simply looking at art as assignments. “We wanted…

Spirit of India

Spirit of India will be celebrating the art and culture of India with an exhibition of the works of 26 South Asian artists living in Greater Vancouver. It is a platform for South Asian artists to meet other local artists, bring awareness to the controversial topics they showcase with their art, and share a little bit…

Filipino art platform energizes Vancouver

The Pacific Ocean proves to be a nexus of ideas for Vancouver. Four of metro Vancouver’s art galleries synergize their curatorial efforts to host an event showcasing a Filipino art platform and its founders. Load na Dito comes to Vancouver May 22 at the Western Front Society. It will be free and open to the public.…

Paper flowers

Nancy Lui, owner of Citrine Paper Flowers, will host a workshop at the Italian Cultural Centre on Saturday, May 11, to share her craft and teach others the art of making paper flowers. Vancouver-born Lui’s parents emigrated from Hong Kong in the 1970s. She believes creativity runs through her lineage, from her grandmother as a…

‘With wings like clouds hung from the sky’

Chinese Canadian brush painting artist Lee Nam went largely unrecognized when he worked with Emily Carr in Victoria in the 1930s. Five years ago, Montreal-based artist Karen Tam began the difficult task of trying to find out more about him. Tam will explore his work in an exhibition at the Richmond Art Gallery from May…

Performance photography from India

A major exhibition of Indian photography exploring gender, religion, and sexual identity will open at the Vancouver Art Gallery on Apr. 19. And will run till Sept. 2. Moving Still: Performative Photography in India has been three years in the making, with Diana Freundl, associate curator of Asian Art at Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) meeting Critical Collective’s…

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz – in search of a new visual language

That which identifies them, like the eye of the cyclops, a three-channel video installation by Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, will be on display at Western Front gallery from March 22 to May 4. The Puerto Rican artist’s exhibition will have an opening on March 21, followed by a live performance by Muñoz with another Puerto Rican artist,…

Samson Young – It’s a heaven over there

Hong Kong artist Samson Young utilizes Centre A’s new location to examine Won Alexander Cumyow, utopia as a political force and the very context of the gallery space itself. The exhibition was curated by Tyler Russell and Godfre Leung. “The show is a part of a trilogy of exhibition projects that look at utopia as…

The art of science and the science of art: Pareidolia

Scientist and artist Steve DiPaola has dedicated his career to the interplay between human cognition and artificial intelligence (AI). Now he’s continuing this work while adding a new dichotomy. His latest site-specific artwork at Surrey Art Gallery is an example of how intertwined science and art really are, and what it means to be both…

African fashion in the spotlight

Inspired by the African artistic expressions, the African Fashion and Arts Movement Vancouver (AFAM) brings a mix of activism, culture and creativity for their bi-annual fashion show. The event brings together designers and models, uniting their talents to showcase the creativity imprinted on the African continent. “We are paying tribute to Africans in diaspora. We will be…

The Decameron Retold at Richmond Art Gallery

A new exhibition at the Richmond Art Gallery (RAG) by Vancouver-based artist Adad Hannah uses Giovanni Boccaccio’s 14th century collection of short stories, The Decameron. This time-honoured piece of literature functions as a departure point from which spectators and participants alike will gain insight into contemporary artistic working methods. “The Decameron Retold is based on the medieval work…

Princesses + Monsters addresses gender roles through archetypes

Traditional gender roles are questioned in the current exhibit hosted at The Italian Cultural Center in Vancouver. Princesses + Monsters, the opening exhibition to the Gendered Voices Series, looks at traditional archetypes through visions from childhood. “How does feminism address these long-held traditional roles that are being maintained in our culture?” asks Angela Clarke, curator of…