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Gary Pearson, Everything Comes and Goes, (2011)

Gary Pearson, Everything Comes and Goes, (2011) ink and oil on paper [Winsor Gallery,Vancouver BC, Feb 2-26]

Gary Pearson: Scenes from a ‘Smoker’s Theatre’

Winsor Gallery
Vancouver BC – Feb 2-26, 2012

Adam Sorensen, Croatoan, (2011)

Gary Pearson, The Incident at the Guadalupe Bar, (2011) oil, oil enamel, polyurethane, and enamel spray paint on canvas [Winsor Gallery,Vancouver BC, Feb 2-26]

Gary Pearson, The Secret (2011)

Gary Pearson, The Secret (2011), oil and oil enamel on canvas [Winsor Gallery,Vancouver BC, Feb 2-26]

Gary Pearson, Springtime Started Out Brand New

Gary Pearson, Springtime Started Out Brand New, (2011) ink and watercolour on paper [Winsor Gallery,Vancouver BC, Feb 2-26]

Gary Pearson is a mixed-media artist and Associate Professor in the Department of Creative Studies at UBC Okanagan, Kelowna. As an interdisciplinary artist who works primarily in painting and video, he has been exhibiting internationally since 1983.

Scenes from a ‘Smoker’s Theatre’ presents new paintings and video. Inspired by German playwright Bertolt Brecht, the work ranges in subject matter from still life and landscape to smoky bar scenes and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Pearson describes the project as “an integrated research and multi-media production approach that unites practice and discourse…deploying multi-media, mixed-technique/media documentary and theatrical mise-en-scène.”

Following the example of epic theatre, the project is episodic and constructed as scenes, rather than with a conventional beginning, middle and end. It includes multi-channel video and audio.

Pearson earned his MA at the University of Saskatchewan and his BFA at the University of Victoria. He has reviewed art exhibitions for Canadian Art, Border Crossings and Sculpture Magazine among others. Since the 1980s, Pearson has been active in curating exhibitions for a number of galleries, including the Or Gallery, Kelowna Art Gallery and Artspace, Sydney, Australia. He is a recipient of an International Studio Program residency at MoMA PS1, New York, a 1991 VIVA Award, and the 2010 Okanagan Arts Award in Visual Arts.

Mia Johnson


 Sat, Feb 25, 2012