May 27, 2016

Images of activism

2.-An-Indian-Game----Audain_resizedLawrence Paul Yuxweluptun’s work highlights the battle for First Nations rights

Museum of Anthropology  

Unceded Territories is a provocative exhibit of 60 paintings, drawings, sculptures and installation works by Vancouver artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. The works, made during the artist’s 30-year career, examine the ongoing struggle for First Nations rights to lands, resources and sovereignty and demonstrate the progression of Yuxweluptun’s artistry and ideas.

Yuxweluptun, of Coast Salish and Okanagan descent, graduated from the Emily Carr College (now University) of Art and Design. Influential as both artist and activist, he merges traditional iconography with representations of the environment and the history of colonization, resulting in powerful imagery — masked fish farmers, super-predator oil barons among them. He creates unforgettable portraits of a spirit-filled, but now toxic, natural world. The exhibition runs to Oct. 16.


6393 Northwest Marine Dr., 604-827-5932 

Presentation House  

Images by Edward Curtis and other early photographers working in B.C. are on display in Nanitch, an exhibition of images from an important archive of more than 18,000 rarely seen photographs recently donated to the University of B.C. library by Uno and Dianne Langmann.

Spanning a 60-year period from the 1860s to the early 1920s, the photographs reveal dramatic changes in the province and in photographic techniques. The eclectic material includes hand-coloured albumen prints, stereocards, cartes de visite, postcards and glass negatives.

Nanitch, a Chinook word for “look,” also offers insight into the significant role of the camera in colonization. Early photographs of official land surveys, family portraits, industrial ventures, commerce, political events, indigenous peoples and their displacement are brought into dialogue with dystopian conditions of failure. The exhibit continues to June 26.

333 Chesterfield Ave., North Vancouver, 604-986-1351

3.Okanagan-Grass_Bromus_tectorumSmallBeaty Biodiversity Museum  

From Meadows and Woodlands Far and Near celebrates the 100th anniversary of the museum’s herbarium with delicate watercolors and woodcuts by Brigitte Potter-Mael that emulate pressed plants from the collection. The exhibition runs to Sept. 4.

Potter-Mael emigrated to Canada in 1977 from Germany and got her bachelor of fine arts degree at Concordia University in Montreal before coming to Vancouver in 1996. Many of the images in her work depict endangered native plants of B.C., as well as others from the Lone Valley, Germany.

A video, created by Derek Tan, is also on view at the museum.

2212 Main Mall, University of B.C., 604-827-4955

Kurbatoff Gallery  

“It’s been 23 years and I am still blown away by the beauty here,” says painter Marleen Vermuelen, who arrived on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast from Holland in 1994. Educated in the Netherlands, Vermuelen chose to give up her career as a graphic designer and paint professionally.

“Every single day, I am aware of true greatness, openness and beauty when I view the ocean and North Shore mountains, or on my kayak trips and daily runs through the West Coast rainforest,” she says. Her delight in the textures of her surroundings, as well as the light reflected on the water or filtering through forest, is evident in her work, on view until June 9.

2435 Granville St., 604-736-5444

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