Gallery Exhibition Schedule

Summer /Fall 2016 Exhibition Schedule
Rick Leong: The Transformation of Things with Winifred Lee, Li Desheng and Ping-Kwong Wong
July 16 - October 2, 2016

Rick Leong, Hidden Hunger, oil on canvas, 72 x 62 in. Photo: Jeremy Herndl.

Victoria-based Artist Rick Leong explores the synthesis of traditional imagery and symbols influenced by classical Chinese painting and the Canadian landscape. Leong, Canadian-born of Chinese descent, blends his distinct style with traditional Chinese calligraphic and painting techniques to create new landscapes that are drawn from observation and memory as well as imagined. Leong’s more recent work explores specific iconographical groups that hold distinct and recognizable meanings in Chinese culture. His interest extends to how images may convey a particular meaning, evolve through time and re-interpretation and transform to embody new meaning.

Three Richmond artists, Winifred Lee, Li Desheng and Ping-Kwong Wong were invited by the Gallery’s curator, Nan Capogna and artist Rick Leong to participate in the exhibition.  In their works these artists' present images and symbols drawn from their cultural traditions, revealing changes in imagery over the years that are informed by the experience of immigration and living in Canada. This exhibition is supported by a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Diyan Achjadi and Shawn Hunt: Cultural Conflation
October 15 - December 31, 2016 

Shawn Hunt, Odalisque, 2014
Shawn Hunt, Odalisque, 2014, red cedar, yellow cedar, Horsehair 50” x 41” x 21”. Photo courtesy of Macaulay & Co. Fine Art. Collection: Kathleen & Laing Brown

Vancouver artists Diyan Achjadi and Shawn Hunt explore art forms that have been appropriated by other cultures, often resulting in a conflation of both. Achjadi’s prints and multi-media works reference to 18th- and 19th-century porcelain paintings and textile designs, medieval bestiaries, chinoiserie motifs, Javanese batik patterns, and fragments from Dutch maps have been combined to create grisaille prints and colourful collages. Meticulously made and dense with iconographic components, the resulting works bring together a myriad of cultural elements to create a new reality. Shawn Hunt’s sculptural works draw from western art history and combine with traditional Northwest Coast carved forms. The forms, carved by Hunt or procured from his father, Bradley Hunt and brother, Dean, also a carver, include components such as rattles, spoons, model totem poles, canoes and masks. Hunt’s new constructions and Achjadi’s drawings and prints provide a rich fusion of cultures that call forward complex and sometimes contentious histories.

Meryl McMaster: Confluence
January 14 - March 19, 2017

Meryl McMaster, Dream Catcher (2015)
Meryl McMaster, Dream Catcher (2015), Ink jet print, edition 2 of 2 AP, Courtesy of the artist and Katzman Contemporary

Meryl McMaster’s potent, alluring photographs explore the fluid domain of identity, and the possibilities of examining and revisioning the self and its representation. Placing her body centrally in front of the camera, she transforms her appearance, whether by layering photographic images onto her body or through elaborate costumes and props she creates and inhabits as alter egos. An artist of Plains Cree and Euro-Canadian heritage, McMaster explores the dimensions of her own sense of identity, and the complex history of the photographic representation of Indigenous peoples. The three bodies of work in Confluence collectively trace the evolution of McMaster’s practice, with its recurrent thematic threads.

Confluence is a touring exhibition organized by the Carleton University Art Gallery in Ottawa and is accompanied by a publication with essays by Gabrielle Moser and cheyanne turions, as well as an interview with McMaster by CUAG curator Heather Anderson.