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…

A rare opportunity to view ‘Old Master’ Italian prints

Curator Hilary Letwin has teamed up with the Burnaby Art Gallery to showcase Italian prints dating from the Renaissance to the 18th century at the Saints, Sinners and Souvenirs: Italian Masterworks on Paper exhibition. Gathered from local private and public collections, the works will be available Sept. 13 to Nov 17. European prints and drawings from this…

Appreciating Japanese ceramics through tea

Maiko Behr, founder of SaBi Tea Arts, brings the intricacy and elegance of Japanese tea ceremonies to the West Coast. On August 18th, she will introduce participants to ‘Omotesenke’ and Japanese ceramic art at the Nikkei Centre. “Omotesenke is a style of Japanese tea ceremony that is not very widespread outside of Japan, although we…

A museum of authentic fakes

Is truth really stranger than fiction? The upcoming exhibit at the Vancouver Public Library’s (VPL) central branch questions the role of the patron as well as the authenticity of artists. Make Believe: The Secret Library of M. Prud’homme – A Rare Collection of Fakes is a mash-up of fiction and reality. A true story with a…

Worlds in watercolour

Artist Sara Khan evokes magical realism, East and West influences, and an abundance of everyday narratives within her vibrant watercolour paintings. Khan, born in Birmingham, England and raised in Lahore, Pakistan, will be displaying her newest collection Suraj Kinare, an exhibition focused on migration and movement, at The Surrey Art Gallery from June 29 to August…

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…