The following shows are currently on exhibit at Two Rivers Gallery in our main Canfor galleries. Visit Two Rivers Gallery to view these great exhibitions before they close! Check out the exhibits in our Rustad Galleria as well.
April 29 to July 10, 2016
Ruth Beer, Oil Topography, 2014. Copper, polyester jacquard woven tapestry.
Developed in collaboration with the Reach Museum and Art Gallery in Abbotsford, BC, this exhibition presents the work of Vancouver artist Ruth Beer who uses sculpture, woven structures and video to address the interlaced relationships between extracted resources such as oil and copper, and the environment and culture.
Copper is a culturally significant material in the lives of many BC first nations. In the 21st century, it is primarily a commodity, highly valued by western culture for its industrial usage. Like oil, it is something that we depend upon, but which can also have a detrimental impact upon the world we inhabit. Beer’s seductive artwork makes use of copper and other materials to address this complex state of being and the relationship of commodity and materiality with a subtle visual wit that is both innovative and thought provoking.
April 29 to July 10, 2016
Michele J Jensen, Dippers, 2013. Acrylic on masonite panel.
Michele J Jensen, formerly of Prince George and now living just outside Edmonton, paints other-worldly landscapes that are often somewhat disconcerting. Strange sources of light illuminating her forests, swathes of torn fabric fluttering while snagged on trees, and other peculiar details hint at some manner of ominous underpinning.
In today's context where climate and environmental change are nearly synonymous, Jensen’s artwork too offers a timely and particular kind of heads-up as we consider how navigating the future might appear.
May 13 to July 24, 2016
Roderick Brown, 6 Pack, 2016. Western Red Cedar, Pacific Silver Fir.
Roderick Brown, an artist based in Terrace, British Columbia, is best known for his intricate woodcarvings of animals. Brown’s interest in the natural world influences much of his artistic practice and has brought him to consider such notions as the Anthropocene. Over recent years, the term “Anthropocene” has been used by many scientists to describe Earth's most recent geological epoch; named for the unprecedented degree to which human beings have gained influence over the planet and the animals that inhabit it.
With a focus on British Columbia wildlife, Brown has created sculptures of bear, caribou, wolf and salmon, which have been arranged, segmented and manipulated in order to allude to the Anthropocene era. This exhibition invites viewers to consider the hierarchy of power among Earth’s species, and what it means for humans to occupy the top position.
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