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.
Gwénaëlle André: Mer et matière
French photographer Gwénaëlle André's exhibition documents the transformation of materials made of wood and metal after they've come into contact with the ocean. Her inspiration is drawn from "the many ways in which time and the elements work to polish, reshape and alter matter." Evoking beauty and the forced confrontation between the sea and port-related objects, her digital images speak to the power of the Pacific and it's ability to alter whatever it touches. Mer et matière will be on display at Le Centre Culturel Francophone from November 19 to December 19.
Gillian Armitage, Mi Hyang Kim and Marie Price: Layers: Print and Beyond
Featuring the work of highly accomplished printmakers Armitage, Kim, and Price, Layers: Print and Beyond showcases work created as a response to their time spent working as lecturers and exhibitors in Japan, incorporating handmade Washi and Hanji papers into their prints, paintings, and installations. In addition, the exhibition will include works on paper drawn from the City of Burnaby Permanent Art Collection, the collections of local contemporary printmakers, and other recent work by the artists. This exhibition will be at Burnaby Art Gallery from November 19 to January 24.
Various artists: Stop Podcasting Yourself presents A Yet to be Titled Art Show
In celebration of Graham Clark and Dave Shumka's 400th episode of their comedy podcast Stop Podcasting Yourself, Hot Art Wet City is hosting an exhibition dedicated to Canadian comedians. A total of fifteen different Canadian artists will be participating in the show, including podcast host Graham Clark, who will be showcasing his beard paintings. A Yet to be Titled Art Show opens on November 19, with an opening reception on November 20. It runs until December 5. Check out the 400th episode of Stop Podcasting Yourself here.
Various artists: Anonymous Art Show
This annual art show takes place at CityScape Community Arts Space in North Vancouver, and raises money to help support emerging local artists. Each piece in this exhibition will be 8" by 8" by 1.5" in size, on either canvas or wood panel. Pieces will be sold at the low price of $100, with $50 going towards the North Vancouver Community Arts Council and $50 going to the artist. Artwork is sold directly off the wall, and gift wrapping will be on available. The artists' names are not revealed until pieces are sold. Anonymous Art Show will be on display from November 19 to December 19.
Various artists: Art Against Stigma
The Kettle Society hosts Art Against Stigma, a gallery-style showing of 1,000 pieces of work completed by 60 different local artists living with a mental health disability. The show seeks to bring a fresh awareness to the community about those affected by mental health issues, while also bringing attention to Vancouver's emerging artists. As part of the four-day exhibition, Monique Wells and expressive arts therapist Carla Shirley will be facilitating workshops on Saturday and Sunday (November 21 and 22). Art Against Stigma will be held from November 19 to 22 at The Kettle on Hastings.