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Renée Van Halm, Design Interior/Gordon (2002)

Renée Van Halm, Design Interior/Gordon (2002), gouache on paper [Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby BC, Feb 10-Apr 8] Collection of the artist

Renée Van Halm: Cross-Cutting/Inside Out

Burnaby Art Gallery
Burnaby BC – Feb 10-Apr 8, 2012

Renée Van Halm, Real Estate / Berlin

Renée Van Halm, Real Estate / Berlin (2005), detail, gouache on paper [Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby BC, Feb 10-Apr 8] Collection of the artist Courtesy Birch Libralato, Toronto

Cross-Cutting/Inside Out presents the art and practice of contemporary Vancouver artist Renée Van Halm, Professor Emeritus and former Dean of Emily Carr University of Art + Design. In line with the Burnaby Art Gallery’s commitment to exhibiting works on paper, the retrospective is a chronological survey of Van Halm’s drawings and studies from 1979 to the present. Three-dimensional installation pieces are included.

The drawing survey, curated by Sophie Brodovitch, focuses on Van Halm’s interest in the social role of architecture. In her study of modernist architecture, she has produced three decades’ worth of canvases and installations. Her work is described as amplifying the “ubiquity of modernist, Bauhaus-inspired design” through its deconstruction of such exterior and interior features as concrete windows, ceiling tiles, fluorescent lighting, grid-like office cells and commercial advertising, in a process she describes as the “codification and decodification of familiar cultural experiences.”

Van Halm was born in the Netherlands and lives and works in Vancouver after many years in Toronto, Montreal and Berlin. In Toronto she was curator and director of the artist-run centre Mercer Union. Van Halm is represented by the Equinox Gallery, Vancouver.


Mia Johnson

Lunch BAG Days: Feb 17, noon-1pm – exhibition tour with Renée Van Halm; Mar 30, noon-1pm – exhibition tour with gallery’s public programmer. Light lunch $10, reservations: 604-297-4422, must be 16 years and up.

 Sat, Feb 4, 2012