Upcoming Exhibitions

Wishes, detail, by P. Thomas Wood

May 4 - June 2, 2018

Opening reception on Friday, May 4 from 7:00 - 9:00pm

The Beauty of Korea
Ceramics by Clay For You [Atrium Gallery]

Clay for You is a group of ceramic artists who study traditional Korean pottery under master potter Clay Jung Hong Kim. Each member comes from a different discipline, which creates a diverse artistic community. Students, homemakers, practicing artists, business owners and even engineers, are all connected by their common passion for making ceramic art.

Since 2005, Clay for You has been hosting annual exhibitions through various venues. Each year, members use their creativity to materialize imaginative ideas into stunning pottery artworks. Most of the pieces created are functional objects such as teapots, plates, mugs and vases, which can also be admired as decorative pieces.

The members of Clay for You are keen to display traditional Korean pottery within a Canadian context. All the pieces on display are made from clay imported from Korea and created using Korean pottery methods. However, there are also many pieces decorated with more local and non-traditional designs and paintings.

To symbolize the solidarity of Clay for You, each of the exhibiting artists contributed to the creation of the melded plates on display.

Artificial Flare
Digital Collages by Candice Okada [Leonore Peyton Salon]

Artificial Flare is an investigation into Post-Internet art. Post-Internet refers not to a time “after” the Internet, but rather to an Internet state of mind―to think in the fashion of the network, ever-connected through digital files and binary code, html, etc.

Most of us spend as much time online as we do offline, and an Internet state of mind is a common experience among Canadians. Post-Internet artists frequently use digital tools and strategies of the Internet to create objects that exist in the real world, rather than works that exist exclusively online. These artworks are created with a consciousness of the networks within which they exist, from conception and production to dissemination and reception. In other words, Post-Internet art, while not made solely for Internet publication, is reliant on its characteristics.

Artificial Flare is comprised of a series of digital collages assembled from artificial lens flares acquired from various smartphone photo apps. The images investigate the essential relationship between photography and light and seek to reconsider the ease and access of information and visual media in our digitized world. In presenting these images, Okada hopes to provide viewers with a visual pause, urging them to reflect on their relationship with their digitized world.

Candice Okada is a local artist working primarily in photography, video and installation. She received a BA in Sociology from the University of British Columbia and a BFA from the University of the Fraser Valley. She is currently enrolled in the MFA program at UBC. Her work has been exhibited in Canada and the United States.

Whispering Through Concrete

Oil and Mixed Media Paintings by P. Thomas Wood [Mezzanine Gallery]

P. Thomas Wood was on his way to work as a high school art teacher when he was involved in a car accident and sustained a severe head injury. To recover, Wood turned to art as therapy becoming his own art teacher. Without art, Wood says he might have been unable to cope with daily life. He describes his frustration to communicate during his recovery as “whispering through concrete.”

From a scientific perspective, art provided the stimuli needed to allow damaged nerves in Wood’s brain to reconnect and heal. The works in Whispering through Concrete are a testament to the recovery process and how the human spirit heals and survives.

Through combining visual elements such as colour, line and form, Wood has an endless vocabulary that transcends his artwork, which become markers of larger ideas. Every element Wood adds to a painting alters the original condition and creates new compositional balance. When the balance is lost, Wood strives to restore harmony. As his compositions change, Wood finds new starting points for his artistic process. Through this process, Wood investigates how colours can create the illusion of volume on a two-dimensional plane.

This colour-induced deception of volume appears to advance and recede depending on the severity of tension created between colours. The distance between the painting and the viewer is defined by this artificial three-dimensional depth, and the viewer may find themselves easily deceived. Wood is fascinated by this visual deception in the interplay between colours that suggests a perceived depth and volume to viewers on a two-dimensional plane where none exists.

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Thanks to our exhibitions wine sponsor Monte Creek Ranch Winery.

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