Jan 10-17 — For Random 18 X 18, the cre8ery challenged 18 artists to create 18 “random” pieces. The result is not-so-random; a collection of pieces themed on personal journey, environmental issues, and the circle of life, fill the exhibit.
Jan 17-Feb 22 — Cree Métis artist Jason Baerg, unveils a new multi-media exhibition at Urban Shaman Gallery. Relations, a series of 13 tondos, inspired by ancient indigenous prophecies about the year 2012. Nomadic Bounce is an installation comprised of laser-cut acrylic paintings that explore relationships and conflicts through space and location.
To Jan 22 — Nigerian-born artist Yisa Akinbolaji creates vibrant multi-layered mixed media works of art. By using paint resistant materials between acrylic layers, hidden forms and symbols peek through to create meaning. Akinbolaji’s work is on display at the Framing & Art Centre.
Jan 24- Feb 7 — The Edge Gallery will be spotlighting the fun and fanciful work of Japanese-born local artist, Takashi Iwasaki. His technicolour imagination comes to life in embroidered imaginative scenes.
Opens Feb 1 — A new collection titled Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art is being curated for the Winnipeg Art Gallery by Art Works for Change, and intends to shed light on gender-based violence experienced by women world-wide.
To Feb 8— An examination on the use of toxic by-products in contemporary culture, this exhibit presents work by emerging Canadian artists using biological media. Toxicity is a part of an international series of conferences and workshops, hosted at the Plug In ICA.
Present at Hand, by Montreal-based visual artist Matthieu Sabourin, seeks to challenge the internalized relationship between the physical body and the every day tools that it wields. By altering and manipulating found objects that have a strong relationship to the hand, Sabourin forces audiences to examine how we use tools, and how that process defines us. Across a variety of mediums, Sabourin reflects on the reductive limits humans impose on the small detail-oriented tools considered integral to our existence. 290 McDermot Ave, 2nd floor, 204-944-9763, Map 1: 0-4
Bev Morton, co-founder of the Wayne Arthur Gallery, invites you into the fabric of her memory with Breakfast at the Madison Grill and More. Recreating family photos, postcards, paintings and gallery scenes, Morton has pieced the fibres of her life together in these textured textile collages. Wayne Arthur Gallery. To Jan 29. 186 Provencher Blvd.
In January the world lost a powerful creative force when influential and prolific pioneer of modern Inuit art Kenojuak Ashevak died at age 85. Ashevak’s distinctive, enchanting imagery has graced Canadian stamps and coins, earned honourary doctorates, a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, and the distinction of highest auction sale price of any Canadian print at $52,000 USD. Her final masterpiece,Tall Tundra Bird (pictured), is a stunning stonecut and stencil that fittingly features Ashevak’s favoured subject: a mythical and nearly supernatural bird. Nunavut Gallery is the place to see this very special artwork and many other resplendent Ashevak prints. 603 Corydon Ave, 204-478‑7233.
“Octopus” by Lyle Wilson. Photos by Jenn Walton courtesy collection of the artist
Haisla artist Lyle Wilson is painting outside the lines—of traditional Northwest Coast art, that is. In Paint: The Painted Works of Lyle Wilson, his artwork finds form in traditionally stylized, yet playfully experimental, pieces. Find captivating works by the artist, such as “Octopus” (pictured), until Sep. 15 at Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art.—Jill Von Sprecken
National Aboriginal Day is June 21. Find out more information on celebrations in Vancouver.
“Untitled (Still Life with Peaches and Shells)” by Balthasar van der Ast. Photo by Jim Gorman courtesy Vancouver Art Gallery
If the Netherlands isn’t in your itinerary—and even if it is—take a trip to the Vancouver Art Gallery for Persuasive Visions: 17th Century Dutch and Flemish Masterworks and Contemporary Reflections (Jun. 15 to Sep. 15) to see works from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Find pieces from the Dutch Golden Age, including artist Balthasar van der Ast’s “Untitled (Still Life with Peaches and Shells)” (pictured), alongside contemporary art, for an exhibition that’s well worth the journey.—Jill Von Sprecken
“Shoal” by June Yun
For a dose of springtime serenity, visit Art Beatus to see cool, watery landscapes by Chinese-Canadian artist June Yun (to May 31). In Spring • Water, the Vancouver-based artist uses oils on canvas to explore water in its various forms and colours (“Shoal,” pictured). Look closely: continuing from her Lemon Traveling series, Yun’s paintings are sometimes accompanied by a tiny lemon. We love the playful pop of unexpected colour.—Jill Von Sprecken
Portland’s Ace Hotel. Photo by Jeremy Pelley © Ace Hotel Group
Whether a backpacker or a five-star fan, every world traveller needs a place to rest and recharge. Explore the evolution of hotels, hostels and inns as social spaces during the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Grand Hotel (Apr. 13 to Sep. 15). The exhibition, which shares its name with the iconic 1932 Hollywood film, highlights the architecture, design and culture of travel lodgings from Portland to Berlin.—Kristina Urquhart
Charles John Collings’ “Niagara, Above the Falls.” Exhibition at Uno Langmann Limited
If Hope at Dawn: Watercolours by Emily Carr and Charles John Collings at the Vancouver Art Gallery (to May 26) leaves you yearning for more, stop by Uno Langmann Limited to view additional pieces by the British-born Charles John Collings in a complementary self-titled exhibition (to Mar 31). The Canadian artist lent an ethereal quality to his landscapes by mixing the paint directly onto water-soaked paper (“Niagara, Above the Falls,” pictured). Dreamy, indeed.—Kristina Urquhart
Haida Art. Photo Courtesy Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery
Talk about talent running in families: Haida Masterworks II highlights emerging contemporary artists who are following in their parents’ footsteps. See works of Haida art in cedar, silver and argillite by carvers such as Ben Davidson and Kyran Yeomans, sons of famous Haida artists Robert Davidson and Don Yeomans. There are other family ties, too, including pieces by Christian White (“Raven Transformation,” pictured) and his cousin Darrell White—both descendants of the late, great Charles Edenshaw. At Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery (to Apr. 30).—Kristina Urquhart
“Illusion of Substance” by Blu Smith at Kurbatoff Gallery
Style meets substance at Kurbatoff Gallery (to Mar. 31), where feature artists include BC native Blu Smith. His work delves into abstraction with pieces such as “Illusion of Substance” (pictured) that find their beginnings in charcoal on paper and end with confident strokes of acrylic on canvas. Smith is known for bold colour and subtle texture that convey depth and invite interpretation.—Jill Von Sprecken
“Too Haida” by Lisa Telford. Photo by Kenji Nagai
It’s a laughing matter at Bill Reid Gallery until Mar. 17. In Carrying On “Irregardless”: Humour in Contemporary Northwest Coast Art, 25 Aboriginal artists turn the conventional notions of Northwest Coast art upside down, despite an often grim history. We love the cedar-bark high heels by Lisa Telford (“Too Haida,” pictured), a cool combination of the trendy and the traditional.—Kristina Urquhart