Each summer Two Rivers Gallery organizes a Travelling exhibition for outreach in the Regional District of Fraser Fort-George. A summer student comes to Prince George to organize this project. The exhibition travels during the summer to Mackenzie, Valemount, and McBride and also stops in Prince George in the Rustad Galleria. Stay tuned for details on our 2017 exhibition!
José Delgado-Guevara, Meeting, 2016. Graphite on Bristol paper. 14” x 17”
Our 2016 exhibition, The Night-Side of Life: A Personal Iconography presented recent drawings by Prince George based artist José Delgado-Guevara. This body of work investigates the challenges of coping with chronic illness and its effects upon one’s circle of support. The title of this exhibition, The Night-Side of Life, borrows from Susan Sontag’s book Illness as Metaphor, where the author uses this expression to describe how being unwell is, in fact, an ordinary aspect of human existence. Using a very personal iconography, Delgado-Guevara looks at some of the challenges and emotions that illness generates.
Delgado-Guevara analyses illness in all its complexity as a means of reconciliation. Inspired by Dutch still life paintings, he has developed his own personal symbolism to explore the many considerations that coping with illness necessitates. The artist repeatedly uses the sponge, potato, tree, cut flower, and body part in unconventional compositions, conveying ideas of resistance, invasiveness, fear, hope, and rest, which illness brings in its wake.
This exhibition seeks to honor the personal character of the artist’s artworks. However, experiencing illness, on one level or another, is universal. Consequently, each of us can find points of connection in these drawings and in doing so gain deeper insight and understanding of this unwelcome but common aspect of life.
Led by José Delgado-Guevara
This workshop presents an opportunity for self-representation through the medium of drawing and use of personal iconography. In the same spirit as José Delgado-Guevara, one will create a self-portrait embedded with hidden meanings and personal symbolism.
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