March 24 - April 22, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, March 24, 7pm - 9pm
Communication of Beauty and Function, ceramics by Hitomi McKenzie
Hitomi McKenzie’s pottery attracts those who appreciate beauty and function
working in harmony. Through this synthesis, McKenzie creates a
communication, a ‘conversation’ between form and surface. In her
intimate relationship with each individual piece of work, the pottery
becomes an extension of how Hitomi responds to the movement of the wheel
and the clay.
After successfully throwing a piece, Hitomi’s
method of creating ceramic art involves dissecting and distorting the
shapes in an innovative way of making and producing original designs.
The throwing rings on each piece are exaggerated to give the impression
of fold fabric, and a shiny transparent glaze gives a highly polished
finish making it a very practical product.
Whisperings, fibre arts by Catherine Nicholls and Anni Hunt
Inspired by the words of the eminent artist Emily Carr, Anni Hunt and Catherine Nicholls explore the wonders of the West Coast rain forest. In this all new exhibition, these textile artists present their own observations and feelings for the stunning forest landscape. Using natural materials as inspiration and media has led these two artists to listen carefully to the 'whisperings' of the forest and visually record what they hear.
Codex Pacificus, photography by Laara Cerman
Laara Cerman’s work explores the themes of impermanence, a return to nature and the fragility of life. She creates her photographs by capturing multiple digital images and then piecing them together in post-production. Currently, she creates her digital images using a regular flatbed office scanner rather than a sophisticated camera. The images have an extremely narrow depth of field and low luminosity - an affect that cannot be achieved through studio lighting or with a camera. This makes the subject appear to be floating in a black void of space, creating a feeling akin to a momento mori.
In an age where we are increasingly bombarded by media, one is more capable of identifying different brands than being able to recognize local trees, plants and wildflowers, nor does one know their cultural or medicinal value. These hyper-detailed, macro photographs of common British Columbia wild weed and flora demonstrate Cerman’s attempt to reconcile her disconnect from the natural world around her.