A golden voice – one man’s legacy

The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art reopens July 16, and the exhibition To Speak with a Golden Voice kicks off celebrating the centennial birthday of Bill Reid (1920–1998). “Here at the Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver, we wanted to show some of the classics but particularly some of those pieces that haven’t seen…

Dragon Hoops: A graphic novel about life, family and high school

In need of comic relief? Just in time for the summer, Gene Luen Yang has recently released his first non-fiction graphic novel, Dragon Hoops. This past March, Yang, whose workshop at the Vancouver Public Library (VPL) was cancelled due to the pandemic, had a virtual book launch where he discussed Dragon Hoops and answered questions from fans. Interested…

Finding beauty in fire

“We wanted to create a forum and a space to tell the stories of individual people, their communities and their interaction with wildfire,” says Sharon Roberts, project manager, educator and writer. For the past two years, Roberts and Megan Majewski have been researching and learning about wildfires and their impact on forests. “It’s really easy…

The art in our surroundings

In the stage-like display window above the entrance of Vancouver’s Howe Street Studios in Vancouver unfolds a set of theatrical curtains made from everyday materials: one of the many works of public artist Germaine Koh. “The nature of the piece arose from my longstanding interest in trying to pay attention to the unnoticed activities and…

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…