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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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Richard Reid Retrospective

Richard Reid, RCA has been drawing, painting, and printmaking for more than 70 years. He is perhaps best known as the co-founder, along with his wife Beverly Reid, of the Grand Forks Art Gallery. This career spanning exhibition will feature work that tracks the arc of a lifetime spent in the arts. See the evolution of Richard’s art from early figurative work through printmaking and abstraction to his relatively recent landscape formations.

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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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Second Nature: Resilience

Second Nature: Resilience focuses on normally invisible fluctuations and all the small shifts that secretly, inexorably, add up to epic transformations. This video installation depicts an abandoned house in the forest gradually collapsing as time, nature, animals, and the elements take over and ultimately transform it.

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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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Observer, Observed

In Observer, Observed, Meghan Krauss documents masses of tourists condensing together within each of the panoramic photographs in the exhibition. Compressed together, these people are all equally enthusiastic to be documenting the same picturesque landscapes, regardless of the quality of images taken or on what social platforms they will ultimately be displayed.

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The Muriel Lake Incident

Within the large plywood box, you look over a miniature model movie theatre constructed in hyper perspective. A western noir plays on the screen. Put on the headphones, and you become immersed in a classic theatre experience. Recorded using binaural audio, the audio gives you the sensation that you are sitting in an actual movie theatre. Beside you, there is rustling and your companion asks if you’d like popcorn.

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Not Extinct: Keeping the Sinixt Way

Not Extinct presents an immersive audio experience of Sinixt stories. The exhibition invites you to step inside the pages of the book by the same name. Enlarged illustrations and original artworks provide a backdrop for recorded readings while quotes from the book give a contextual background. The heritage courthouse that houses Gallery 2 is fundamentally a symbol of colonial power whose legacy continues to underpin everything that we do.

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