10 Vancouver area art exhibitions to feast on this summer

Credit: Photo by Rob Harris. Courtesy of the artist

that of Zadie Xa Child of Magohalmi and the echoes of creation is part of the group exhibition Interior Infinite, presented until September 5 at the Polygon gallery

We also like a little culture, you know. Covering public art, retrospectives, and contemporary group efforts, these exhibits will keep you in the galleries throughout the fall.

With BC in Stage 3 of its reboot, now is a great time to plan a bit of culture in your summer. Whether you’re picking up friends or going solo, these local exhibits include work from a wide variety of artists from across British Columbia and beyond, providing much needed nourishment for your soul after months of restrictions. COVID. From drawings and photography to ceramics and public art, they inspire reflection, creativity and conversation.

Audain Art Museum
Itee Pootoogook: Hymns to silence
Louie Palu: Distant early warning

Hymns to the Silence provides an overview of contemporary Inuit life and the landscape of Nunavut by the late Itee Pootoogook, a key member of the third generation of Inuit artists from Kinngait (Cape Dorset). Through some sixty colored pencil and graphite drawings on display at the Whistler Gallery, Pootoogook takes viewers on a journey into everyday life through his eyes, inspiring an intrigue akin to observing people on a bench. park.

Louie Palu: Distant Early Warning explores political and environmental threats to the North American Arctic, through a collection of photographs by award-winning Canadian photographer Palu. Until September 6

Burnaby Art Gallery
Lyse Lemieux: Intruder / Intruder

This investigation focuses on how Vancouver interdisciplinary artist Lyse Lemieux engages with the human figure. In addition to ink, paint and fabric drawings, Trespassers / Intrus includes The classroom, an installation of school tunics suspended in glass. “Based on a formative memory and a dreamlike childhood experience, the work evokes the thrill of rebellion and the promise of transformation,” notes the host gallery.Until September 19; by appointment only

Contemporary art gallery
Archiving – for Rosario Cooper and myself at 10 years old
Confused mirage of memories escaping encapsulation

Archiving, an installation by Christine Howard Sandoval, a Vancouver-based Obispeño Chumash and Hispanic artist, reflects the belief that photography and colonialism are inseparable. In other words, “taking” and archiving photos of indigenous peoples has helped perpetuate the violent extraction of their lands, labor and resources. With that in mind, Sandoval wrapped a downtown Canada Line station in a collage of archival documents and images, overlaid on schematic maps comparing the Spanish mission and ancient Indigenous architecture. Offsite at Yaletown-Roundhouse station; until August 22

In Muddled Mirage of Memories Escapeing Encapsulation, Nicole Kelly Westman examines how light can influence the way we perceive, recall, and make sense of memory. The three works in the exhibition, presented through the windows of the CAG’s facade, refer to the photographic process to create “ideal” images, the gallery explains. Until August 22


Credit: Courtesy of the artist

installation photo of The poetic process by Glenn Lewis, whose ceramics appear in Imperfect Offerings at the Richmond Art Gallery through August 22

Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

Image bank

Artist Vincent Trasov’s candidacy for mayor of Vancouver in 1974 as Mr. Peanut is one of the works explored in this nostalgic collection of films, photographs, drawings, collages and other materials. Image Bank takes its name from an eight-year project started by Trasov, Michael Morris and Gary Lee-Nova in 1970, when they were associated with the local artist-run center Intermedia. “The exhibition reflects a period of optimism when artists envisioned a non-hierarchical alternative to the world of art galleries and museums, where images and ideas could be freely exchanged through the international postal system,” said the Belkin , claiming their efforts foreshadowed social media. Until August 22

Anthropology Museum

A future for memory

To mark the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, or 3.11, Fuyubi Nakamura is hosting a MoA exhibit reminding us of the power of nature and asking how we deal with memory after dramatic changes in our physical environment. The works on display include the Restoration project of “lost houses” scale models—A pre-disaster diorama of the affected towns and villages — and Art and life after the great earthquake in eastern Japan, which shows photos of the resilient flora and fauna that thrived after the crisis. Until September 5

Polygon gallery

Infinite interior

Interior Infinite is part of the Polygon New Perspectives: Revealing various perspectives, untold stories and new voices in the visual arts series. At a time when diversity is finally gaining ground, Assistant Curator Justin Ramsey has mounted an exhibition that reflects individuality and tests the limits imposed by society. By emphasizing self-portraits, emphasizing costume and masquerade as a means of revealing rather than obscuring identity, he challenges the belief that, as humans, we stagnate. in our evolution. “Each person is a work in progress, with the potential and the courage to change and to be changed,” Ramsey said. The many Canadian and international artists whose work spans photography, video, performance and sculpture. Until September 5


Credit: Courtesy of School District 35. Photo: Blaine Campbell

Red falcon, salmon green and spindle by Xwalacktun (Rick Harry) is one of the works of Balanced Forms: Xwalacktun, James Harry and Austin Harry, opening July 28 at the West Vancouver Art Museum

Richmond Art Gallery

Imperfect offerings

With a nod to post-pandemic social gatherings and simple pleasures, these new and past works by British Columbia ceramicists Jesse Birch, Naoko Fukumaru and Glenn Lewis epitomize function and beauty, notes the RAG. “As summer approaches, there is renewed optimism for the things we have lost over the past year: shared meals, reunions with friends and family, moments of human connection. », Explains gallery director Shaun Dacey. “This exhibition brings together objects that serve as conduits for intimate care and aesthetic play.” Until August 22

Vancouver Art Gallery

Vancouver Special: Disorientations and Echo

The second in a series of exhibitions that VAG says will take an in-depth look at contemporary art in Metro Vancouver, this exhibition showcases recent work by 32 local artists. Organized by five co-curators and spanning a range of media, scales and modes of presentation, it explores themes such as cultural resilience, the articulation of suppressed stories and the imagination of future emancipated, according to the gallery. . Until January 2

Vancouver Biennale


The Biennale’s two-year Re-IMAGE-n program was scheduled to run until 2020, but organizers literally had to reimagine it thanks to the pandemic, which resulted in the cancellation of installations for 40 artists. Along with new public art, this year’s expansion includes BIKEennale / WALKennale, consisting of 40 art-infused tours, with new installments released weekly. Tours, suitable for people of all skill levels, cover public art and points of cultural, historical and architectural significance. Also in progress: We Are Ocean Vancouver, which explores ocean literacy based on Indigenous knowledge and storytelling through online videos and related activity guides.

West Vancouver Art Museum

Balanced Forms: Xwalacktun, James Harry and Austin Harry

In addition to producing commissions, Coast Salish artist Xwalacktun (Rick Harry) has served as a cultural instructor at Lower Mainland schools, where he has created sculptures with students including his sons, James and Austin Harry. Xwalacktun sees this work as a learning opportunity that supports his reconciliation efforts, according to the West Vancouver Art Museum. Balanced Forms includes a selection of these projects, as well as documents showing the design process. July 28 to October 2

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