April 7, 2017
Art scene: The world inside the city
By Shawn Conner
Art! Vancouver 2017
The annual international art fair showcases a diverse selection of art, ranging from painting and sculpture to installation and mixed media, created by artists from around the world. This year’s artists include: Tatiana Rivero Sanz, a Spanish photographer and sculptor now living in Vancouver; Johan Andersson, a Swedish portrait painter based in Los Angeles; and Vancouver Island-based figurative and landscape painter Cindy Mawle.
Art! Vancouver will be held May 25 to 28.
Vancouver Convention Centre East, 999 Canada Place
Surrey Art Gallery
Drawing from influences as diverse as late 20th-century comics, European Romantic landscape painting, classical myth and African-American history, Jim Adams’ work combines historical events with speculative futures. He puts real people in imagined situations, and mythological people in contemporary scenarios.
In one painting, people can be seen enjoying their drinks in a White Rock Starbucks. Look carefully, and you’ll see, reflected in the window the blue and red lights of a patrol car. In another painting, a Japanese bride is on her way to get married less than a minute after the first atomic bomb is dropped, a contrail faintly visible in the sky overhead.
Jim Adams: The Irretrievable Moment is a two-part retrospective exhibition developed with The Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford, and brings together a selection of the artist’s work from over five decades. In turn, The Reach will hold its own exhibition focusing on Adams’ last two decades of work combining mythology, youth culture and science fiction, May 25 to Sept. 3.
Jim Adams: The Irretrievable Moment runs April 8 to June 11.
13750 88 Ave, 604-501-5566
Vancouver Art Gallery
Covering 35 years and including more than 100 works, the VAG’s Spindle Whorl is the most extensive exhibition to date of work by Musqueam artist Susan Point. The works on display at the VAG use the Coast Salish spindle whorl as their starting point. Comprising a (usually) small wooden disk with a rod inserted through the centre, this tool was traditionally used by Coast Salish women to prepare wool that would be woven into garments and ceremonial robes. Point has drawn upon the spindle whorl to provide a formal structure for her art, in combination with a uniquely Salish vocabulary of circles, crescents and curved triangles.
Susan Point: Spindle Whorl runs until May 28.
750 Hornby St., 604-662-4700
Throughout April, the Kurbatoff presents new works by the gallery’s stable of artists, including Canadian painters Andy Wooldridge, Chris Charlebois, Jane Bronsch, Chris Langstroth, Gerda Marschall, Soizick Meister, Ann Zielinski and others. Beginning May 2, the gallery presents new work by local painter Yared Nigussu.
2435 Granville St., 604-736-5444
Burnaby Art Gallery
Established and emerging artists who embrace the practice and revival of Salish art, including lessLIE and Susan Point, are represented in The Salish Weave Collection: Works on Paper, April 18 to May 31.
6344 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby, 604-297-4422