Gwen Curry & Lyndal Osborne:
(Un)Natural Histories

Open Space, Victoria
April 17 - May 7

Lyndal Osborne, Surge (1995),
sculpture installation

IN TWO NEW and dramatic exhibitions, University of Victoria art professor Gwen Curry uses enormous grid formations of rubbed charcoal on screen-printed boards to continue both her series of bird imagery and her "Inventories" of large silhouetted wildflowers. The latter become progressively obscured by Lichtenstein-like background dots in yet another expanded installation entitled "Progression." Curry's high-contrast inventories of objects are like visual metaphors for systems of categorization in empirical knowledge.

Lyndal Osborne is a sculptor from Alberta whose work perfectly complements that of Curry, in both content and scale, at the Open Space Gallery. She brings "alienated" materials found in nature, like weeds, stalks and seed pods, into "reconciliation" with people by constructing large organic forms with the natural and industrial discards.

Gwen Curry's art will also be featured in a solo exhibit entitled "Measuring Parts" at the Art Gallery of South Okanagan in Penticton, B.C.. The show will be curated by Roger Boulet and runs from May 30 to July 13.

© Mia Johnson