Ann Kipling Drawing the Line
January 25―March 25, 2017
Opening Reception: January 24, 7–9 p.m.
Curator's Tour: February 25, from 2 p.m.
Acclaimed artist Ann Kipling states “drawing for me is not a nicety, it is a necessity,” reflecting on her decades-long pursuit of the line in ink and graphite on paper. Her intensely observed subjects range from the British Columbia landscape to plants, animals, trees, and portraits of friends and neighbours. In the early 1960s, Kipling moved to Lynn Valley and the rain-soaked forests of the North Shore, a natural environment that challenged her perceptions and influenced the development of her distinctive approach to art making.
Curated by Robin Laurence
Image: Ann Kipling, Untitled (Sleeping Dog), etching on paper, 1966
Victor John Penner / District*
March 29–May 6, 2017
Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 28, 7–9 p.m.
Artist Talk: Saturday, April 15, 2 p.m.
As a youth in the early 1970’s, Victor John Penner moved from East Vancouver to West Vancouver’s British Pacific Properties. The move to this suburban neighbourhood, encroaching upon the wilderness of the North Shore Mountains, would shape the direction of his life and work.
Within this context, Victor John Penner’s series of new works, District* (*based on a true story), creates a mise-en-scène of West Vancouver, offering a counter-narrative to landscape/nature-based art through photographs of seemingly discordant scenes.
Image: Victor John Penner, Egress, 2016. Archival pigment print. 121.9x152 cm (48x60 in). Courtesy of the artist.
A Decade of Collecting Art at the West Vancouver Museum
November 16, 2016 to January 14, 2017: PAST EXHIBIT
Curators' Talk: Saturday, December 3 at 1 p.m.
The West Vancouver Museum’s permanent art collection was established in 2006 with a donation of work by local artist Jane Billaux, who immigrated to Canada from London in 1934. The donation coincided with the Museum’s successful exhibitions on the important history of modernism in the community and the influence of creative individuals, who chose West Vancouver as a place to live and cultivate their careers. In the intervening decade the collection has grown in both size and scope and now includes over 300 historical and contemporary works by important Canadian artists, including Emily Carr, Gordon Smith, Douglas Coupland, Ian Wallace, Kim Kennedy Austin, and Babak Golkar, just to name a few. Gordon Smith’s major donation of his personal collection in 2015 added substantially to the Museum’s holdings of Canadian art. This exhibition provides an overview of the breadth of the Museum’s art collection and highlights recent donations.
Image: Joan Balzar, Black X, 1968, Acrylic on canvas, 323 x 170 cm. Promised gift from the Estate of Joan Balzar, 2016.
The Space in Between
September 14 to November 5, 2016: PAST EXHIBIT
Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 7–9 p.m.
For five decades West Vancouver-based ceramic artists Sally Michener and Tam Irving have been influential as artists and teachers. Their work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. The exhibition and companion publication situates their newest works in the ongoing and vibrant development of the ceramic arts in British Columbia. Organized by the West Vancouver Museum and guest curated by Carol E. Mayer.
Above left: Tam Irving, Crossed Space, 2014. Stoneware, underglaze slips, clear glaze over, 48.3 x 36.8 x 3.8 cm
Photo by Ken Mayer
Above right: Sally Michener, About Face, 2014, #1 in a series of 5. Hand built, ceramic shards, ceramic and glass tiles, 70 x 45 x 35 cm
Photo by Tony Westman
WHY DESIGN NOW? A WESTCOAST CONTEXT
June 22 to August 27, 2016: PAST EXHIBIT
The exhibition showcases how local designers are directly creating the value-added products, services and technologies that are needed by domestic and global consumers today and also how designers are consulting and collaborating with others—employing design thinking towards the improved output of knowledge based goods and services.
Sanaz Mazinani: Mirrored Explosions: April 13 to June 4
April 13 to June 4: PAST EXHIBIT
Each work in Mirrored Explosions is an intervention in space, challenging the privileged vantage through which the politics of war are mediated.
Problematizing both the mirrored reflection and the photographic lens, Mazinani ruptures our modes of observation, forcibly asking: how does an image’s mediation affect moral or political judgements? To what extent are these images real to us? How can the implications of war be more visibly, and tangibly, understood through representation?
Mirrored Explosions is guest-curated by Pantea Haghighi.
SD 45 ONE.five
March 31 to April 5, 2016: PAST EXHIBIT
In SD 45 ONE.five, Local residents investigate their perceptions of West Vancouver’s social, cultural, economic, and topographical settings. Their personal inquiries of this distinct community are documented in a collaborative mural.
Artists featured in this exhibition include Jody Broomfield, Cedric Burgers, Craig Cameron, Chris Kennedy, Ross Penhall, Victor John Penner, Steve Rauh, and West Vancouver School District students.
SD 45 ONE.five is guest-curated for the Capture Photography Festival by Jackie Wong, West Vancouver Secondary School teacher, in collaboration with the Museum's Education Coordinator Isaac Vanderhorst.
Peter Aspell: Saints and Sinners, Mystics and Madness
January 13 to March 26, 2016: PAST EXHIBIT
Peter Aspell was an artist of immense talent who explored in pictorial form the joys and despairs of the human condition, producing an extensive body of work throughout his long, prolific career.
This exhibition is produced in collaboration with the Richmond Art Gallery (RAG), where a second exhibition, Peter Aspell: The Mad Alchemist, runs from January 23 to April 3, 2016. The exhibitions consist of a representative selection of artworks from the late 1980s to the time of the artist’s death in 2004. Aspell’s paintings and works on paper of figures and mythic landscapes, either richly layered with luscious colours, or rendered in a more restrictive palette consisting mostly of black, white, and grey, stood apart from the art of his contemporaries but nevertheless (and because of this) made an important contribution to the art of this region.
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