September 8 – October 7, 2017
Opening reception: Friday, September 8, 2017 at 7:00pm
Illuminated Compulsion, Industrial Design and Metalwork by Ross Hayduk
Ross Hayduk, an industrial creator both artistically and professionally, brings to Place des Arts an array of beautiful lamps that are visually intriguing and functionally illuminating. These devices are both sculpture and tool, and explore forms in classic, antique, futuristic and abstract styles, even occasionally verging on anthropomorphic. Ross’ imaginative vision and eye for machinery brings a touch of whimsy and fantastical enlightenment into an otherwise utilitarian device.
Info-Diction, Mixed Media by Barbara Pearson
Barbara Pearson’s thought-provoking series of mixed-media art forces the viewer to contemplate the effect of infobesity on our society. Casting the framework that humanity is both benefiting from advanced communication, yet drowning in a deluge of information to sort through, Barbara’s work is created by opening herself up to personal expression as she contemplates the concept.
Are we addicted to information, stimulation, even to stress? Should such addictions be managed/cured, or is dealing with this exponentially expanding amount of information an evolutionary step we must adjust to?
These are among the thoughts explored throughout the series, as Barbara uses old books on human evolution, law school admissions test manuals, cardboard from shipping containers and notes, bills, newspapers, poster and announcements ripped from the streets as raw materials in her artworks, symbolizing the infosphere around us.
As the audience contemplates the issues raised by the artwork, it is up to each individual viewer to determine whether the info-beast is their friend or foe.
Inspiration 45, Place des Arts 45th Anniversary Exhibition
To celebrate 45 years in arts education, Place des Arts hosts a special visual arts exhibition centered around how Place des Arts influences the art practices of British Columbia residents. To highlight how Place des Arts inspires the artist in everyone, our community artists present artwork inspired or influenced by Place des Arts as well as a brief related story about how Place des Arts has shaped the artwork and their evolution as an artist. Celebrate history with Place des Arts!
Thanks to our exhibitions wine sponsor Monte Creek Ranch Winery.