Gallery Exhibition Schedule

2017 Exhibitions 
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 produced 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.

Mark Haney and Seth: Omnis Temporalis
April 9 - June 25
Seth, detail from the graphic novel, George Sprott, 2009
Seth, detail from the graphic novel, George Sprott, 2009

Omnis Temporalis is a multiform collaborative project that combines artistic genres by drawing together the cartoon work by renowned Canadian cartoonist Seth with original music and performance by Vancouver-based composer Mark Haney. Omnis Temporalis is based on Seth’s picture novella, George Sprott: 1894-1975.  Mark Haney’s original musical work, written over the last four years, explores notions of an idealized Canada as depicted in Seth’s fictional city of Dominion where George Sprott lives. Notably, “Omnis Temporalis” is both the title of Haney’s new work and the written motto beneath Dominion’s Coat of Arms, foreshadowing the inevitability of change.  Through various portrayals of the eponymous protagonist of the novella, George Sprott, Seth’s narrative explores themes of identity, time, change, loss and memory.
Michael Bednar:The Fraser, Living River
April 9 - June 25

Michael Bednar,  ‘Where the Land Meets the Sea’  2016,
Michael Bednar,  Where the Land Meets the Sea, 2016,  Digital Photograph

Michael Bednar’s photographic work, The Fraser, Living River explores the historical and ecological significance of British Columbia’s longest river. Commencing its documentation of the headwaters at the Continental Divide to its terminus at the Pacific Ocean, Bednar examines this ecologically diverse river that flows through 11 of BC’s 14 biogeoclimatic zones.

Central to the project is Bednar’s framing of the Fraser as a working river; his images highlight its history and continued importance to First Nations communities and include the development of industries such as logging, shipping, fishing, and tourism.  The City of Richmond, located on Lulu Island at the mouth of the Fraser River, evinces the working aspect of the river with numerous industries presently lining its river banks.

The Fraser, Living River is presented in partnership with Richmond Public Art and is part of the Capture Photography Festival 2017. The six-panel photo montage will be displayed on the gallery's windows facing Minoru Boulevard.

Beyond the Horizon
July 8 - August 20

William Percy Weston,
William Percy Weston, "Evening - Keremeos, B.C.", 1960, oil on canvas, 30 x 36 in. Photo: Lance Blomgren

Beyond the Horizon, curated by Hilary Letwin will showcase selected landscapes from the Richmond Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection. Many of the exhibited works celebrate the natural beauty of Canada and illustrate the changing ways that artists have captured the country’s mountains, forests and skies.

Works by Irene Hoffar Reid, William P. Weston, Toni Onley and Alan Wood show the progression of how these artists forged their own paths in capturing the Canadian terrain.  The dates of the works range from 1932 up to 1994, depicting how landscape painting in Canada has changed over the course of the 60 years represented.  The majority of the artworks in the exhibition were acquired through generous donations from artists and collectors.