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Helma Sawatzky, The Phoenix Complex (2012)

Helma Sawatzky, The Phoenix Complex (2012), c-print [Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC, Jan 14-Mar 18] Courtesy of the artist and Elliott Louis Gallery

Beyond Vague Terrain: The City and the Serial Image

Surrey Art Gallery
Surrey BC – Jan 14-Mar 18, 2012

Bill Jeffries, Panopticon: 103 Views of the Scotia Bank Tower (detail) (1978-79)

Bill Jeffries, Panopticon: 103 Views of the Scotia Bank Tower (detail) (1978-79), c-print [Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC, Jan 14-Mar 18] Collection of the Surrey Art Gallery

Beyond Vague Terrain brings together numerous works from the 1970s to 1990s when portraits of industrial dead zones were popular. “Defeatured landscapes,” as they came to be known, brought international attention to Vancouver’s conceptual art scene and the photographers who became known as the Vancouver School. In Beyond Vague Terrain, the early cinematographic images, void of self-expression, contrast with more recent work that uses serialization as a means of presenting multiple facets of urban landscapes.

Curator Jordan Strom has selected a wide breadth of documentary approaches to capture the dynamics of Metro Vancouver. The emphasis is on work that pictures everyday settings and overlooked urban forms from 1970 to the present. Artists in the exhibition include Sylvia Grace Borda, Michael de Courcy, Chris Gergley, Jeremy Herndl, Bill Jeffries, Roy Kiyooka, Owen Kydd, Khan Lee, Helma Sawatzky, Susan Schuppli, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace and Neil Wedman.

Mia Johnson

EXHIBITION TOUR with curator Jordan Strom, Feb 9, 7-8:30pm; by donation, Surrey Art Gallery members free.

Khan Lee, Millennium Line (2011)

Khan Lee, Millennium Line (2011), c-print [Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC, Jan 14-Mar 18] Collection of the Surrey Art Gallery

Sylvie Grace Borda, Every Bus Stop in Surrey, BC

Sylvie Grace Borda, Every Bus Stop in Surrey, BC (2004), c-print [Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC, Jan 14-Mar 18] Collection of the Surrey Art Gallery


 Fri, Feb 3, 2012