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The Depth of Preconception

Brent Bukowski works primarily with reclaimed materials, reanimating discards into compositions that explore environmental, historical, and cultural themes, particularly their relationship with climate change.

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The Age of Uncertainty

Sandra Sawatzky is an artist on a mission, one tiny stitch at a time. Through her work she is transforming our perception of embroidery as an art form while drawing attention to the larger social, political, and environmental issues that affect us all.

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Vestibule

The images feel like ethereal encounters. Some appear like spirits or ghosts while others feel familiar yet unknown. Many characters exist as singular portraits living within a greater constellation of beings that transfer feelings into the surrounding space. These feelings create an emotional tapestry connecting the artwork to the viewer, the viewer to the space, and viewers to each other. Though the characters appear in physical form, it is less about the portraits and more about what is contained within them. Katie Green's exhibition will be in the Central Gallery from May 6th to August 12th.

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Eros in the Landscape

Reid says that he paints from rather than on. His subject since the 1950s has included the figure. A transformative eros of man and/or woman combined with landscape came later but that is what he paints from. He says his arm knows what to paint more than his head does. He states in his memoir that he wants his work to look “unlaboured, clear, confident, controlled,”[2] and tries always for urgency and fluidity in the execution.

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Of Light Itself

Since 1994, Tsuneko’s practice has been based around her home in Silverton, BC. While it has been deeply influenced by the local ecology and a connection to the landscape, themes of displacement, belonging, and interconnectedness are woven throughout. Known for her vibrant paintings, performance pieces, set design, and choreography, this exhibition features a selection of Tsuneko’s work across all media. Tsuneko Kokubo's exhibition will be in the Reid Gallery from May 6th to August 12th.

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The Wilderness of Mirrors

Monument 83 is the name given to a peak located along the international border of Canada and the United States. Situated in a subalpine clearing of E.C. Manning Park in southwestern British Columbia, Monument 83 is notable for its location as a fire lookout site.

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Cultivando raíces con sueños compartidos

Offering an intimate glimpse into the nuanced identities of Mexican migrant workers that work in the farms of Interior BC, Rocio Graham shares her own experience of uprooting herself and re-negotiating her identity. Growing roots from shared dreams presents work that is deeply rooted in ritual ceremony, performance, and relationality.

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Work in Progress - Caring for the Collection

Work in Progress presents a selection of previously un-exhibited works from the Gallery 2 Permanent Collection. The move of the collection into new lateral art racks has revealed the full breadth and depth of the collection – from very large paintings to very small prints and everything in between. See work by William Featherston, Joe Fafard, Michael Morris, Nancy Boyd, and more.

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Illuminated Collapse

Illuminated Collapse merges figure and ground to highlight human connection to the surrounding world. In these sculptures, unsettling dioramic scenes unfold on the surface of circular, wooden plinths. Anthropomorphic landscapes are engaged in dramatic acts of self-consumption and destruction, projecting a metaphorical End of Times narrative. Mirroring our own world through their miniature elements, the works reflect on contemporary consumption, industrial development, and inherent environmental degradation.

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Context is Everything

Monique Martin creates gallery installations involving thousands of intricately screen-printed and hand cut paper objects. Meticulously detailed individual pieces merge into a larger whole; the sum is greater than the individual parts. In this exhibition, thousands of paper dandelions, entitled Context is Everything, coexist with Annus Mirabilis, a newer body of work depicting paper butterflies. There is no distinct line between the two works, the butterflies spill off of the walls and throughout the field of flowers across the gallery floor.

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By This Means

Drawing on a career in carpentry, By This Means resituates the building trades within the constructs of gender, identity, and art history. Rachel Yoder takes the tools and her daily experience of construction to make paintings and prints, incorporating individual components, accumulation, structure, repetition, creation of space, addition, and layering into her work.

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Queering the Dams

The dams and the hydroelectric power generators of the Kootenay river provide immense amounts of electricity and royalties to surrounding communities while protecting from flooding and drought. They continually flow, burst, store, block, channel, and power existing and speculative realities.

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Cling

Cling considers satellite dishes installed on buildings for their formal similarities to barnacles growing on a rock; as barnacles encrust a rock, satellites encrust a building. Satellite dishes are notable for their purpose as sites of transmission between space satellites, personal electronic devices, and the sublime realm of the digital world; barnacles for their ability to colonize and grow on any available surface.

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Traversing the line, with no fixed point

Briana Palmer gathers images, objects, and ideas from the everyday, exploring the intersections between the perception, experience, and social ideologies of her own cultural practices and upbringing. Traversing the line, with no fixed point unsettles our assumptions of place and belonging. The main component of the installation is the “Iron horse” – a railway system that runs through an installation of ephemera, nostalgic paraphernalia, and cultural artifacts.

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Timber, Lumber, Wood, Home

Fern Helfand creates an observation point for viewers to contemplate how our environment, our society, and our very identity is being modified by resource use. Her work records the way we clear the land, build our homes, choose our materials, and shelter ourselves. It pushes the boundaries of photography beyond straight documentary images by merging multiple photographs and videos into composite creations.

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And Even Dust Can Burst into Flames

Genevieve Robertson’s drawings involve extensive physical exploration and are materially linked to specific regions and their land and resource politics. This body of drawings uses pigments made with found carbon-based materials—coal, graphite, ash and wildfire-derived charcoal—collected in the East and West Kootenays where coal and graphite mining take place and climate-induced wildfires are increasing in severity.

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Stratigraphy

Stratigraphy examines what has come before us; celebrating the beauty of the earth’s layers on which we both metaphorically and physically stand. This exhibition features paintings and prints of landscapes that are curious and seemingly unknown – on closer examination there are signs, symbols, and layers that become more recognizable.

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Grand Theft Terra Firma

Grand Theft Terra Firma is an unflinching redress of Canada’s colonial narrative. By combining contemporary popular culture with historical source material, artists David Campion and Sandra Shields disrupt the celebratory mythology of nation building and invite us to critically evaluate our own continued and complicated relationship to colonial practices.

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Fine Line: Check Check

In Check Check, the ubiquity of the self-doubting individual is inextricably linked to a mass culture marked by distrust of the very mass media that gives it shape. Stepping into a space intersected by four large projection screens, the viewer is surrounded on all sides by a looping series of vignettes, screened variously in fragments and in their entirety and accompanied by a four-channel score from composer Don MacDonald.

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Iconic Places, Artistic Traces

See depictions of place represented in the permanent collection of Gallery 2. From the iconic to the ironic, the way artists depict locality is both deeply personal and more widely contextual. The permanent collection contains a wide range of landscape work; featuring both regionally specific, recognizable landmarks as well as conceptually exploring the larger idea of landscape.

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