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Phthalo Gallery
Vancouver BC May 1-31, 2003

Drew Shaffer - Cultured
Drew Shaffer, Cultured (2003), mixed-media papier-mâché
sculpture with cultured pearl
[Phthalo Gallery, Vancouver, BC
thru Jun 21, 2003]

“Emergence: advent, arrival, coming, debut, entrance, introduction, unveiling”... these are a few of the definitions for this showcase of new Vancouver talent. The terms also apply to the Phthalo Gallery, which is exhibiting Emerging as its inaugural debut. For its launch on the international scene, this new contemporary fine art gallery identified four emerging artists not yet represented commercially in the Vancouver area.

Cheng-yu Hsieh is a current graduate of Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. His paintings are playful fusions of landscape elements with delicate patterns and microscopic blood vessels. Drew Shaffer, who also graduated from ECIAD, created the sculpture featured for this preview. Shaffer’s work focuses on the concept of contemporary identity, which he believes is evidenced to a great extent by the objects we own and wear. He uses symbols and materials that denote wealth and quality to underscore his theme, “You are what you want”.

Peter Mintchev, a UBC graduate who studied under Ken Lum, will begin his m.f.a. in the fall. Using the landscape as a catalyst, Mintchev explores the interface between the artist, the paint and the subject matter in terms of the viewer’s perspective. Ann-Marie Brown is a new talent whose work previously has shown in Seattle. Also a painter, she overlaps layers of molten wax, resin and oil paint to disintegrate and veil her figurative subjects. For this exhibit, she has painted portraits of newborn babies while in the state of entering a new consciousness between worlds.

© Mia Johnson

 Sat, Jun 7, 2003