Shift

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At the forefront of contemporary west coast naturalism, Cori Creed continues her investigation of temporal and material process in Shift, her new exhibition at Bau-Xi Vancouver.

Creed adopts fresh techniques in her ongoing exploration of the landscape: loose brushwork, expressive movements, heavily layered paint in unexpected bold colours, and fractured compositions. Creed challenges traditional perspective as she experiments with collapsing the illusion of depth with flatness.

In Shift, the artist looks back at the history of painting with its trajectories and trends. Creed combines naturalism and abstraction to create multi-layered compositions in her nod to Impressionist Vincent Van Gogh and contemporary painters Alex Kanevsky and Peter Doig. Creed’s broad, valiant brushstrokes disrupt the surface of the canvas, marking the presence of the artist’s hand in rendering an otherwise “real” space of illusory depth. Creed yields to the paint, lending a loose hand to the brush that allows the landscape to emerge brimming with painterly fullness. Creed’s signature mark-making and use of spray paint hints at the human presence in the natural environment: evidence that the landscape is never untouched but always constructed and re-constituted by humankind.

“The idea of illustrating an emotional response or impression has always been a pursuit of mine. I've always been interested in the way that some artists would leave drafting marks visible; it calls attention to the act of creation and conception.”
- Cori Creed, 2017

Cori Creed has been represented by Bau-Xi Gallery since 2011. Shift marks her seventh exhibition at Bau-Xi.