Where Vancouver January February 2017 - Page 28

Art GAlleries BY Jill Von Sprecken extraordinary art The city’s thriving art scene is…well, pretty special. Which is why the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures (to Apr. 17; page 29) champions local art in a stunning showcase of 40 artists. For the first instalment of the triennial exhibit, curators visited over 90 studios to find emerging and established contemporary artists such as Tamara Henderson (“The Scarecrow’s Holiday,” pictured). Some pull strings, others paint them. Contemporary artist Pat O’Hara uses energetic brushstrokes to apply strings of paint on canvas, finishing the super-saturated works with a glossy resin finish. The BC native, who now lives in Vancouver, often draws from her own environment and experiences to create her varied, layered pieces. She favours a bold, playful palette, using shades that evoke nature, from sunrise to seaside (“Aquatic #2,” pictured). See the artist’s abstract acrylicon-canvas pieces in Linearity at Bau-Xi Gallery (Jan. 7 to 18; page 31). Fired Up Don’t miss Judy Chartrand: What a Wonderful World at Bill Reid Gallery (to Feb. 19; page 29). The artist’s ceramic works straddle the line between art and activism, in beautiful, politically charged pottery that gives a glimpse into life on the Downtown Eastside. See Chartrand use humour to tackle issues such as racism in pieces like “Mimbres Culture Bowls” (pictured). 28 where.ca Ja n ua ry- F e b r ua ry 2 0 1 7 Photos: (Middle) By RoBeRt WedeMeyeR CouRtesy China aRt oBjeCts. (BottoM) By Kenji nagai Fine Lines