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art gallery of surrey
Mere Ghosts: Shadows Without Borders
Until August 14
Mere Phantoms is a partnership of artists Maya Ersan and Jaimie Robson, who use shadow play to explore the relationship between memory and architecture, people and place. For their 2018 play Shadows Without Borders, the duo traveled to refugee camps, squats, and settlements in Athens and Istanbul. There, they gave workshops on paper cutouts and shadows with children and families. Some of the pieces created during this trip are included in the exhibition along with a 3.5 by 3.5 meter shadow casting tent and custom made lanterns. Throughout the exhibition, visitors are invited to interact with the artwork by adding their own cutouts to an ever-growing interactive installation and holding a flashlight to animate the intricate paper squares. Simultaneous gallery showings include ARTS 2022, an annual juried exhibition of local art organized with the Arts Council of Surrey; Atheana Picha: Echoes, a window mural celebrating Coast Salish ibex-horn bracelets; and Charles Campbell: Black Breath Archive, an audiovisual exhibition by the Jamaican-raised, Victoria-based artist.
13750 88th Avenue, Surrey 604-501-5566
The polygon gallery
ghosts of the machine
Until August 14
This international group exhibition explores the relationships between humans, technology and ecology. The work includes a new commission by Cease Wyss (Skwxwú7mesh) consisting of a garden project within the gallery with the artist tending the plants during the exhibition. An augmented reality experience by Tracey Kim Bonneau (Syilx) will be featured in the garden. Other pieces include Singapore’s Ho Tzu Nyen’s No Man II, an installation featuring dozens of avatars (human, animal and hybrid) quoting from John Donne’s poem No Man Is an Island. In her self-portrait, New York resident Juliana Huxtable poses as a transspecific entity. Ziggy and the Starfish by Berlin-based Anne Duk Hee Jordan is an interactive sculpture modeled from the crests of waves and covered in a blue-pile rug. Other artists include Shanghai-based rising international art star Lu Yang, whose work was last seen in The Polygon’s fall 2020 exhibition Third Realm, and Montreal-based artist Skawennati.
101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver 604-986-1351
Griffin Art Projects
Until August 28
A flight attendant for over 40 years, the late Gerd Metzdorff (1948–2020) began purchasing art with accumulated travel savings. The collector was more attracted to contemporary German photography, American pop art, minimalism and post-minimalism. The first public presentation of Metzdorff’s private collection, Per Diem focuses on photography as well as printmaking and drawing. It features 100 pieces featuring the work of Lynda Benglis, Donald Judd, Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, and others.
1174 Welch Street, North Vancouver 604-985-0136
The Reach Gallery Museum
Until 3 September
The work of four contemporary Canadian artists comments on the impact of sports and gaming on gender, sexuality, race and ability. Exhibiting artists are Lucas Morneau (from New Brunswick), Nathalie Quagliotto (Quebec), Mallory Tolcher (Ontario), and Craig Willms (BC). Additionally, guests are invited to shoot hoops, toss a wiffle ball, and duke it out in a mini-putt challenge. The gallery is also screening the Academy Award-winning short documentary The Queen of Basketball, about Lusia Harris. Harris scored the first basket in women’s Olympic history and was the first and only woman drafted into the NBA.
32388 Veterans Way, Abbotsford
This year, the Kurbatoff celebrates 20 years of promoting contemporary Canadian artists. The South Granville Gallery also offers consultations to individual and corporate clients for its diverse collection of paintings, sculptures and photography. In 2020, Corporate Vision recognized Kurbatoff’s importance in Vancouver’s visual arts scene with a Canadian Business Award for Best Commercial Art Gallery.
2435 Granville Street 604-736-5444