“Prevailing Landscapes” challenges colonialism in Canadian art at the Gordon Smith Gallery

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      Have you ever looked at a painting of a mountain landscape or a wilderness setting and thought, “Yeah, that looks so dang Canadian”?

      The Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art is about to turn all of that on its head with Prevailing Landscapes, a new exhibition challenging our imaginings of the great Canadian wilderness. Included are works by heavyweight artists Kim Dorland, Stan Douglas, Tim Gardner, Cameron Kerr, Krystle Silverfox, Ian Wallace, Jin-me Yoon, and Karen Zalamea, which will be on display at the gallery from April 12 to June 22.

      “Historically, we have engaged with the Canadian landscape through the male gaze—a romanticized, colonial perspective of the great Canadian wilderness,” explains exhibition curator Jackie Wong in a release. “Prevailing Landscapes considers how contemporary art challenges this dominant view, and, in turn, our collective understanding of the landscape.”

      More than 35 pieces in the exhibit, including painting, drawing, photography, video, and sculpture, touch on Indigenous identity, diasporas and how they connect to place, and technology’s impact on geography—taking a deeper look at the relationship between people and the environment.

      “For Gordon Smith Gallery, a landmark of the late Gordon Smith's enduring legacy, this is a critical moment,” describes executive director Meredith Preuss. 

      “Presenting such an exhibition, not only of international calibre, but of international significance,” adds Wong, “offers a window into the exceptional role that Canadian art can and does play in reevaluating perspectives and providing educational opportunities.”

      Prevailing Landscapes 

      Opening celebration April 12, 6pm to 8pm; exhibition on from April 12 to June 22

      Where: Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art (2121 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver)

      Admission: By donation