Artist explores race relations through ceramic

Judy Chartrand’s ceramic collection, What a Wonderful World, is showcased at Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art. The pots, bowls and ceramics explore issues of colonization, racism and relations between indigenous and non-native community. The gallery is featuring Chartrand’s work in aims of working towards its mission of building bridges between native artists and…

Jayeonmi: (natural Beauty) all around

Ilsoo Kyung’s exhibition, Jayeonmi, depicts the significance of the environment, as well as her message to her audience. The exhibition takes place (Oct.27–Dec.10) at Douglas College. Kyung, who immigrated to Vancouver from South Korea at the age of 29, says the environment has always been an inspiration for her artwork. “I grew up near a…

Two cultures joined in art

Watercolour painter Sandy Blass will be appearing at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver (JCCGV) to debut her first solo exhibit No Other Country… The exhibit expresses Blass’ inner feelings toward her dual identity of being from both Canada and Israel. As a Diaspora Jew, Blass finds herself in the middle of two cultures.…

Upcycling chopsticks into functional pieces of art

Felix Böck wants to give used chopsticks a second life. He founded a company named ChopValue that takes used chopsticks and turns them into woodwork items such as coasters, tables and shelves.  When Böck was six, he carved hiking sticks for tourists in the Alps. Since then, he has been closely connected to wood. He…

A Filipino photographer’s quest for light

He calls himself The Light Chaser. “I call myself the light chaser because I chase the lights in landscapes – sunsets, sunrises, any source of light elements,” says Frannz Morzo, Vancouver-based landscape photographer. New kid on the block Together with his parents and siblings, Morzo immigrated to Canada from the Philippines when he was 15…

Art exhibit examines the links between cultures

The Richmond Art Gallery is hosting an art exhibition this month, featuring works tackling issues of cultural conflation and mixed identities. Many of the works by Vancouver-based artists Diyan Achjadi and Shawn Hunt have never been shown before on the West Coast. “While very different in the way they look, their work shares features in…

High in the sky to the earth below

Photographer Brendan O’Leary’s upcoming exhibition Golden Eagle Bayan Ulgii will be at the Leigh Square Community Arts Village in Port Coquitlam and will feature 20 digital prints on canvas. The exhibition will also showcase other highlights of Bayan-Ulgii such as the celebration of Kazakh traditions. The show runs from Sept. 29–Oct. 31.  An excerpt from…

Iran: a photographic journey

Upon returning to Iran after a decade, Langer was astonished to see the rapid change the country had undergone. What stood out most to him was the change in attitude as well as recently built infrastructure. As part of SFU’s Saturday Forum, Peter Langer will give a free virtual tour of Iran on  Oct. 1.…

Italian sensibilities in the Downtown Eastside

Italian-Canadian poet Diego Bastianutti and Italian photographer Jon Guido Bertelli have combined their works to shine a spotlight on the stark contrasts of Vancouver. They have focused on illustrating the humanity that revolves around the Downtown Eastside and the stories of its inhabitants. The exhibit opens on Sept. 10 at the Italian Cultural Centre –…

Talking about the cultural currency

With two exhibitions currently showing in Vancouver, Dutch artist Mirjam Linschooten and Canadian artist Sameer Farooq say it’s a blend of research, asking questions, engaging in dialogue and working together. The exhibition features a mix of installation, photography, design and writing. Farooq says White, Steel, Slice Mask which is on display in the windows of…

A visual conversation with an Eastern flavour

In the Richmond Art Gallery’s latest exhibit, The Transformation of Things, local artists collaborate to explore Chinese art heritage in a modern Western landscape. Paint, calligraphy and sculpture illustrate the movement of the human imagination in the natural world. For Victoria-based artist Rick Leong, this show began over a year ago when Richmond Art Gallery…

Exploring tradition organically

Métis artist and scholar Dylan Miner will let plants tell their part of the story in an art exhibition that will focus on traditional First Nations medicine. Michif – Michin (the people, the medicine) will open on August 5 at 6 p.m. in Gallery Gachet and occupy the space until August 28. Although the show…