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Are our internal and external worlds constantly in flux—always transforming? In this exhibition five artists explore conceptions of change, repetition and perpetual production. The works present both serial and meticulous activities involving an eclectic diversity of means. While all of the artists in Shift explore transformation over time, each examines individual concerns that include environmental degradation, permanence, ephemerality, calls for social change and inward reflection (amongst many others).
Tim van Wijk’s The Landscape Generator is an interactive sculpture, presenting a hand cranked, shifting image of our changing landscape. Human intervention on the land is represented through painted and modeled layers rolling along as though seen through the window of a car on a road trip. The resulting landscape is a seemingly endless recombination controlled by the viewer.
Nora Blanck’s meticulous thread drawings explore notions of beauty and delight, as well as topical issues like eugenics, genetic engineering and the Nature of Nature. Her works evoke a sense of delicacy and elegance, recalling traditional women’s craft such as crocheting, needlepoint and lace-making.
Sylvia Kind’s production of hand-held objects utilizes domestic processes, repetitive gestures and body rhythms to create an intricate installation in the gallery. Through the method of hand-felting wool forms around found rocks, she engages in a continual process of questioning and reinterpretation of ideas pertaining to loss and comfort.
Jenny Judge’s time-based installation, Imaginings, which covers a large wall of the gallery with tiny sculptural works, was created weekly over a two-year period. The process-oriented pieces represent a personal shifting and evolution as well as referencing marginalized art-making practices and perpetual production.
Philippe Sokazo’s colourful paintings present a combination of interpreted and invented landscapes. The artist uses recurring pattern and colour to weave narratives expressing the responsibility of individuals in contributing to a positive evolution of society through creative thought and action.
Tim van Wijk has exhibited his work across Canada with recent exhibitions in Saskatoon, Prince George and Victoria. He has produced five hand-bound, limited edition art books through Improbable Press Publications. He received Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University, with a focus on printmaking, book production and kinetic sculpture, in 1999.
Nora Blanck, Vancouver-based artist and educator, (recently retired from teaching at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design) has been exhibiting her work in Canada and the United States since 1974. She studied at the Art Students League, the New School for Social Research and the Pratt Center for Contemporary Printmaking in New York, the Boston Museum School, the San Francisco Art Institute and Silvermine College of Art in Connecticut. Her work is held in public collections including the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the Canada Council Art Bank as well as private collections in Canada, the United States and Europe.
Sylvia Kind has exhibited her artwork in the Lower Mainland, curated children’s art exhibitions and delivered presentations on art and education. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria in 1983, a Master of Arts in 2000 and a PhD in Curriculum Studies and Art Education in 2006, both from the University of British Columbia.
Jenny Judge has exhibited her work in exhibitions across British Columbia and in Ontario as well as New Zealand, Japan, France and the United States. She received a Bachelor of Fine Art from Queen’s University, Ontario; a Master of Fine Art from the University of Minnesota, a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia and is currently working towards a PhD. In 2004 she returned from New Zealand where she spent two years studying glass casting.
Philippe Sokazo was born in France and moved to Vancouver in 2005. He studied at the Beaux-Art School in Paris and has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions in France, Spain, the United States and Canada. Sokazo’s work is held in many public and private collections including the Borda Museum of Dax and the Toulouse Museum of Contemporary Art.
Authors: Carie Helm
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