Above: 900 oranges by Gathie Falk. All photos by Kristin Lim.
EVAN LEE | Last chance to see the Evan Lee exhibition Forge at the Evergreen Art Gallery in Coquitlam! The exhibition, curated by the gallery’s acting director of visual arts, Kate Henderson, brings together new paintings and sculptures in dialogue with series of past works, organized into themes of counterfeiting, economy and value. In the center of the gallery, stark white abstract sculptures hang overhead, casting shadows on white plinths below. From his 2016 Ichiban series, these are made of inexpensive packaged instant noodles, boiled, shaped and painted into artistically tangled masses. In a repeat of the series, a set of three white frames hang on the gallery wall. The noodles this time, are tightly bound around each frame, creating a white on white painting/sculpture. Lee’s ongoing interest in our concept of value is his Polish paintings (2021) – all-black square paintings, arranged in groups of threes and fours. Painted with household shoe polish, the surfaces reveal polished, shiny areas against dull areas, and in some cases the polish overhangs the edge of the canvas, leaving an uneven textured edge. Browse the excellent microsite for images of the artist’s process, sound clips, and artist talk, all to really get to know Lee’s work, spanning his entire career.
1205 Pinetree Road, Coquitlam
Feeling the January blues? Time your visit to the gallery at the right time and you can see the exhibit and stroll around Lake Lafarge, where their Christmas lights remain on display until the end of January.
Lafarge Lake, 1205 Pinetree Road, Coquitlam, BC
STEVEN SHEARER | On at Polygon Gallery is an extensive solo exhibition of over 40 works by internationally acclaimed Vancouver artist Steven Shearer. At the heart of Shearer’s practice is a personal archive of over 74,000 images from books, magazines and the internet. Using images from his extensive archive, works in the exhibition include photo collages, sculptures and paintings. Sleep II (2015), an ink-on-canvas triptych, includes thousands of snapshots of sleeping people. (Remember Shearer billboards along the Arbutus Greenway which were taken down after 48 hours due to public complaints last year, snapshots of people sleeping?) A massive cubic sculpture, Geometric mechanotherapy cell for harmonic alignment of movements and relationships (2007-2008), dominating the gallery, is made of PVC pipes and emits a deep and slightly threatening sound. Equally dominant, behind Rigmarole of show (2020), a 70-foot-wide installation of 33 brightly colored framed prints. A 19-volume series of artists’ books documenting the archive is also on display, revealing the artist’s obsessions – Volume 6: Sleep Captures, Volume 7: Ebay Sabbath & Ozzy Captures, Volume 8: Metal Rock & Mayhem Captures. Don’t miss it, this is the artist’s first major solo exhibition in Canada since 2007.
101 Carrie Cates Yard
ELISABETH ZVONAR | A line drawing of a lady with a bun against a mint green wall with text that reads ‘Doom’s prophets never had it so good’, hangs in the Hastings Street window of the Audain Gallery of SFU. At 8 feet tall, the proclamation hovers over passers-by like a teaser message for what’s inside, where chains, roses, hands, lucky charms and a healthy dose of humor make their way through Vancouver artist Elizabeth Zvonar’s solo exhibition Knock on wood + Whistle. The exhibition presents new works in collage, assemblage and two bronze sculptures. “These bags are my pride and joy,” beamed the artist, flicking the bronze handbag hanging from a heavy chain in the middle of the gallery. The other, History, burden, old bag, is a cast bronze duffel bag that rests on a tree stump taken from Storm Bay. The “old bag” is molded from a leather sports bag the artist found at a flea market in Berlin. Although of little use, over time she thought it would make a very beautiful sculpture and “would be an ode to the anti-monument and all that historical baggage that we are tangled with”. Apotropaic Magic is a wall sculpture assembled from a found industrial chain that acts as an exaggerated charm bracelet, where the charms are delicate cast bronze objects comprising an empty toilet paper roll with safety pins and an attached button, a bulb of ripe garlic and a bundle of burnt sage, all meant to protect. There’s a lot to take in, with each image, object and phrase laden with references to consumer culture, art history, spirituality and the artist’s personal associations, including songs or specific albums that have been in intense rotation throughout the process of making this work. , but we are also invited to form our own associations and interpretations.
149 West Hastings Street
Need a post-gallery treat? Discover Boba Run. They have flavors you won’t find elsewhere, like the Jolly Pong Shake! It’s a milkshake with a handful of the popular Korean grain snack, Jolly Pong. They use quality loose leaf teas for their classic tea drinks, offer non-dairy milk options, and they make their boba (aka bubbles, pearls) just right, fluffy and slightly sweet.
102 West Hastings Street.
WALKING | Prefer to stay outdoors these days? Check out these outdoor art projects:
At Gathie Falk’s 900 oranges, 18 pairs of blue and white running shoes, and 10 baseball caps (all 2020) – three sculptures located across from the west side of QE Park, around one of the new condo developments. Falk, whose career began in the late 1960s and early 1970s, works in painting, sculpture, performance and installation and is best known for her “fruit heaps” and fruit sculptures. everyday objects like shoes and caps, often on repeat. 900 Oranges is a monumental pyramid of oranges in cast bronze which rests on a white cube base. The intense orange is eye-catching and unmistakable, and on closer inspection you can see the slight variations between the oranges, which are molded from six individual oranges. Running shoes line the rim of the concrete planter and caps greet residents as they enter their building. Read more about the artwork on the City of Vancouver Public Art Registry, here. | 900 oranges, 18 pairs of blue and white running shoes, and 10 baseball caps | 5077 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Nearby is the pleasure of Lyse Lemieux Family: five digits for a triangle (2020), five double-sided aluminum sculptures, each printed with a cacophony of colorful patterned textiles. | Family: five digits for a triangle | 4599 Cambie Street, Vancouver
And another new work by Lyse Lemieux, Characters (2021) is a beautiful mosaic mural on The Pacific by Grosvenor building in Pacific and Hornby. The work consists of nine 18-foot-tall figures, inset on both sides of five columns at the entrance to the building. Lemieux’s work explores the figure in the abstract, through drawing, painting and textiles, and in this mural the figures refer to the individuals who make up the community – past, present or future. We distinguish a couple kissing, a pregnant, another with a rope, an apron, a backpack and one with a cane. Read more about the artwork and its inspiration on the City of Vancouver’s Public Art Registry here. | Characters | 889 Pacific Street, Vancouver
SANDEEP JOHAL | Sandep Johal created a mural at the Vancouver Art Gallery as part of a new project, PROJECTOR. A collaboration between the Art rental and sale program and the Gallery’s curators, the project invites artists represented by AR&S to create a mural for the Gallery lobby. Johal’s recognizable, colorful and geometric style, combined with black and white linework, inspired by his South Asian heritage, extends to the Hornby Street lobby windows. The mural remains on display until October, so you have plenty of time to take a look.
750 Hornby Street