David Tycho: Metropolis: Variations on a Theme
In this body of work, David Tycho's abstract and impressionist acrylic and oil paintings are inspired by cities and urban landscapes, zeroing on the psychological elements of these places. Originally inspired by a trip to Tokyo, his work has become more representative of other big cities like Los Angeles, New York, Hong Kong, and London. Some invoke feelings of positivity and nostalgia, while others are dark, ominous, and gritty. Tycho is intrigued by "the coexistence and duality of these seeminlgy disparate characteristics: the yin and the yang of urban existence." Metropolis: Variations on a Theme will be at South Main Gallery from February 19 to March 5. An opening reception will take place on February 19 (Friday) from 7 to 9 p.m.
Pat Valade: Things You See and Do Not Forget
This exhibition by photographer Pat Valade comes from his own understanding of the language of photography and the idea of the archive. Valade seeks to study the relationship between viewer and image by analyzing the narrative that occurs when one first "consumes" an image, whether that be by taking, printing, or looking at a photograph. Valade will be showcasing his personal photographic process by offering viewers the opportunity to create their own zines using work from his personal archive. Things You See and Do Not Forget will be on display at Untitled Art Space on February 19 (Friday) at 8 p.m. for one night only.
Glenn Lewis: Form Being Forseen: Pots of Place
Vancouver-based Glenn Lewis showcases more than 50 ceramic pieces and corresponding photographs in Form Being Forseen: Pots of Place. The ceramic pieces were created on a trip to Japan, where Lewis made the pieces from local clays and fired them in mostly wood-fired kilns. Each piece pairs with a photograph (taken almost 40 years ago), which focuses on the paradisiacal elements of Japanese gardens, where emphasis is put not only on walking but observation and contemplation. Lewis' work can be seen at Franc Gallery between February 18 and March 12.
Judy Chartrand: Métis Soup
When Judy Chartrand was preparing to make hand-built ceramic Métis soup cans, she observed the branding used by Campbell's Soup, and drew connections between the colours and symbolism shared with Métis and Cree identity. "Although the soup is a mass marketed consumer item that is a recognizable symbol of the American way of life, First Nation’s people on or off the reserve appear to be erased from the overall picture as active participants in this consumer society," says Chartrand when discussing the work on her website. Her versions incorporate the word 'naboob', (the Métis language word for 'soup') as well as traditional names and ingredients. Check out Métis Soup at Macauly & Co. Fine Art from February 17 to March 26.