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Away (Exhibition)

July 3, 2020 @ 10:00 am - August 4, 2020 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0

Exhibition : Away

Artist: Open Book Collective (Andrea Armstrong, Laura Auxier, Cara Bain, Alysha Creighto, Katrina Grabner, Bre McDaniel, Kristin Voth Davies, Yiya Yin)

Exhibition Dates: July 3 – August 4th, 2020

“By the time I finish this story you will have decided to hug the land – the real earth – the trees in the orchard, the timbers of this house. You will have decided never to go away.”

Jane Urquhart’s 1993 novel Away is the seventh book that Open Book Art Collective has created original artworks for. Away traces the lives of four generations of women across landscapes: from the rocky coasts of 19th century Northern Ireland to the slums of Montreal, to the present-day shores of Lake Ontario — emotive, political and literal landscapes that both enchant and devastate the characters. Themes of displacement and connection to land resonate with our contemporary realities of the refugee crisis, colonial legacy, and industrial development pushing the earth to the brink of environmental collapse. These broader themes of identity and place are echoed alongside the intimate details of four women’s lives whose stories form the heartbeat of the narrative.

The artists of Open Book Art Collective have created a diverse body of work that responds to the poetic and cyclical storytelling found in the novel, intending to honour the richness of the literature. Threads of Irish mythology and spirituality weave throughout the corporeal, earthy, and material-focused imagery found in the exhibit. We invite the viewers to contemplate bodily responsiveness to one’s unseen inner forces, the symbols we cling to in order to tell our life stories, the often unknown but intimate ties to one’s matrilineal heritage, and the ever-evolving understanding of our relationship to the non-human world. Whether their subject matter is water, permeable bodies, or personal articles essential for survival, each artist has interpreted themes from the novel according to their various art practices and the way the writing impacted them personally.

Artist Talk + Online Opening: Artists from the collective generously shared insights into their practies during an online opening and artist talk. View the video here. 

Image Credits:

  • Andrea Armstrong, Breach, Oil on canvas, 24 x 24 inches
  • Laura Auxier, Gesture, Charcoal and ink on Baltic birch, dimensions variable
  • Cara Bain, The Sea – The Mine, Oil and copper leaf on canvas, 30 x 60 inches.
  • Katrina Grabner, Felt Sense, Encaustic, co and ice dyed silk, clay and thread
  • Kristin Voth, Kristin, Acrylic on wood panel, 12 x16 inches
  • Yiya Yin, Present, Acrylic paint on giclée print paper, 2 x 7 inches

The Open Book Art Collective’s exhibition weaves personal narratives of displacement as an echo of the poetic and cyclical storytelling found in Jane Urquhart’s 1993 novel Away. Tracing the lives of four generations of women across landscapes: from the rocky coasts of 19th century Northern Ireland to the slums of Montreal, to the present-day shores of Lake Ontario — Away portrays emotive, political and literal landscapes that both enchant and devastate the characters. Historic connections to land resonate with contemporary realities of refugee crisis, colonial legacy, and industrial development. Whether their subject matter is water, permeable bodies, or personal articles essential for survival, each artist has interpreted themes from the novel according to their various art practices and the way the writing impacted them personally.

Details

Start:
July 3, 2020 @ 10:00 am UTC+0
End:
August 4, 2020 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
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Venue

MASSY ARTS SOCIETY
229 East Georgia Street.
Vancouver, BC V6A 1Z6 Canada
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Phone:
604-721-4405