Current Exhibitions

Vases, Hitomi McKenzie, Ceramics

March 24 - April 22, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, March 24, 7pm - 9pm

Communication of Beauty and Function, ceramics by Hitomi McKenzie

Hitomi McKenzie’s pottery attracts those who appreciate beauty and function working in harmony. Through this synthesis, McKenzie creates a communication, a conversation between form and surface. In her intimate relationship with each individual piece of work, the pottery becomes an extension of how Hitomi responds to the movement of the wheel and the clay.

After successfully throwing a piece, Hitomi’s method of creating ceramic art involves dissecting and distorting the shapes in an innovative way of making and producing original designs. The throwing rings on each piece are exaggerated to give the impression of fold fabric, and a shiny transparent glaze gives a highly polished finish making it a very practical product.

Whisperings, fibre arts by Catherine Nicholls and Anni Hunt

Inspired by the words of the eminent artist Emily Carr, Anni Hunt and Catherine Nicholls explore the wonders of the West Coast rain forest. In this all-new exhibition these textile artists present their own observations and feelings for the stunning forest landscape. Using natural materials as inspiration and media has led these two artists to listen carefully to the whisperings of the forest and record what they hear.

Codex Pacificus, photography by Laara Cerman

Laara Cerman’s work explores the themes of impermanence, a return to nature and the fragility of life. She creates her photographs by capturing multiple digital images and then pieces them together in post-production. Currently, she creates her digital images using a regular, flatbed office scanner rather than a sophisticated camera. The images have an extremely narrow depth of field and low luminosity, an affect that cannot be achieved through studio lighting or with a camera. This makes the subject appear to be floating in a black void of space, creating a feeling akin to a memento mori.

In an age where we are increasingly bombarded with media, we are more capable of identifying different brands than being able to recognize local trees, plants and wildflowers, and we have lost the knowledge of their cultural or medicinal value. These hyper-detailed, macro photographs of common British Columbia wild weed and flora demonstrate Cerman’s attempt to reconcile her disconnect from the natural world around her.

  • R. Baliello,
    Feb. 2012

    "It was thanks to Place Des Arts for accepting my work, that I found the confidence to [concentrate on my photography]! I could never thank you enough for this timely opportunity"

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