Gallery Surf is the Straight's weekly feature showcasing some of Vancouver's must-see art gallery exhibits. Surf through the images and if you like what you see, check out the art IRL.
Vanessa Lam: Scrapyard Chronicles
Using text, paint, photographs, and found objects, Vanessa Lam's mixed media creations in this collection were inspired by a trip to the scrapyard. Cars, furniture, and other scrapyard junk is painted and then surrounded by lines of poetry and images hidden beneath layers of material, demanding a deeper look from viewers. By conveying otherwise mundane objects in this way, they become more significant. Scrapyard Chronicles will be on display at Place Des Artes until November 7.
Various artists: Harbour Art
The paintings in Vancouver Maritime Museum's Harbour Art show were created this past summer aboard the SS Master, a historic steam engine tugboat. Artists loaded easels and paints aboard the ship to paint for the day, and the results varied: some artists were realistic in their expression, while others created more abstract work. Regardless, most showcase the beauty of Vancouver's relationship with the coast. According to the show's website, most of the pieces were created from scratch, or 'alla prima'. Harbour Art will be at the museum's TK Gallery until January 3.
Richard Frechette: Body Print
Richard Frechette's paintings focus on the human body and society's obsession with health, fitness, and pushing one's limits. Using bold colours and hard lines, he conveys the human body in a way that reflects on historical representations of mythologies, emotions, and aspirations. Frechette's work will be on display tonight (October 9) for one night only. He will be conducting a live painting between 9 and 11 p.m. Head down to the Pumpjack Pub (1167 Davie Street) to watch.
Various artists: Robots & Mosters
In the spirit of all things scary, Ayden Gallery's latest exhibition features the work of more than 30 artists, all centered around the same theme. Paintings, illustrations, photographs, sculptures, and more will be part of this joint exhibition, including work by local graffiti favourite Grominator. Check out Robots & Monsters at Ayden Gallery until November 1.
Various artists: Pushing Boundaries
This exhibition at CityScape Community Arts Space highlights the work of sixteen emerging and professional First Nations artists. This dynamic exhibtion features work that blurs the lines between contemporary and traditional aesthetics and mediums. Within each artist's body of work, themes of home, self, history, culture, and more are explored. Pushing Boundaries will be at CityScape in North Vancouver until November 14.