Date: March 29 • 2019
End date: April 27 • 2019
March 29 • 7pm to 9pm • 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
Please note: the Leonore Peyton Salon is a multi-purpose space; therefore, viewing times are limited. To avoid disappointment, please call 604.664.1636 for viewing availability prior to your visit.
A few years ago, David Carey visited the shanty shacks at Finn Slough in Richmond, BC. These wooden houses, some floating and some built on stilts, line the marshy riverbank of the Fraser River and are characterized by their weathered sides, the maze of wooden support beams beneath them, their patchwork repairs and the fascinating collections of objects that adorn their decks and walls.
Carey presents the dilapidated beauty of these rugged cabins in a format where they can be appreciated as unique sculptural objects. Carey extracted the shacks from their native surroundings and placed them in scenes within his own condo. This process recalls found art, a practice in which an everyday object gains significance by being transported from its original environment to an art gallery setting where the artist gives people the time and place to contemplate the object.
Reflecting on his recent work, Carey imagines tiny people coming out of their cabins, standing on their decks and being amazed as they take in the views of their new locations; the comfy back of a couch, the view of a soft carpet or the smooth top of a desk.
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Xanthe Kittson’s ideas are inspired by her dreams and nightmares as well as fairy tales, horror movies and human fears. When she takes a photograph, Kittson finds a way to escape from the real world, creating surreal and conceptual pictures that tell their own stories.
Photography as an artistic medium has helped Kittson become more confident. The medium requires one to decide what concepts to convey, then how each image should appear. Being in control of each moment forces Kittson to believe in herself and trust her judgement frequently.
Kittson’s family, specifically her mother, provide her artistic motivation. When she was a child, Kittson recalls watching her mother passionately paint and draw, which taught Xanthe to never quit doing something you love.
Every day we are presented with opportunities to care for and preserve the things that make us who we are. Coquitlam Heritage asked members of our community to meditate on a skill, object or story they have inherited or that they wish to pass on. Inspired by family traditions, knowledge, photographs or personal items handed down through generations, large panels will be used to showcase these skills, objects and stories in the atrium gallery space. Join us in this celebration of our community’s diverse heritage!