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Gallery Exhibition / “Moves” by Delaney Yvonne

November 17, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - December 14, 2021 @ 5:00 pm PST

From Nov 17th to Dec 14th, the Massy Arts Gallery hosts a new exhibition: “Moves” by Vancouver-based artist Delaney Yvonne. The show is a pictorial exploration of body movement and expression using pen drawings and a striking colour palette.

The Massy Arts Gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm to 5pm, at 23 East Pender Street, in Chinatown, Vancouver. Entrance is free and masks are mandatory.

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Moves – Artist’s Statement

Moves explores how body movement can communicate joy, sensuality and connection.

The concept for this series grew out of my fascination with still photographs of dancers, swimmers and gymnasts. I found myself drawn to what could be learned from one captured moment – about both the subject’s body and their mind.

By removing the context of the source material, each figure — dancer, swimmer, gymnast — begins to take on a new meaning: the female form, when isolated and altered, becomes a powerful symbol portraying the strange as well as the sublime.

For me, this collection portrays the body as a tool for communication, rather than an object we merely look at. These subjects tell stories with their movements as they move in darkness — eyes always closed — through environments of light.

Repetition is also integral to this series. Often, a subject has been repeated multiple times to create a sense of rhythm and movement. The repeated subjects are highlighted with bright colours in order to add a surrealist element to the piece. With overlapping or side-by-side images, subtle differences become important.

I hope that most people can relate to the feeling: being compelled to move your body at the sound of a perfect song, the taste of a favourite meal or the sight of an important person, not being able to sit still, moving because it feels wrong not to.

This series invites the viewer to explore those moments within each piece, to reflect on those moments within their own lives, to feel the movement in their own bodies.

Moves includes ten acrylic paintings of different sizes on birch wood panels.

Concept Text by Delaney Yvonne

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The Artist

Delaney Yvonne is a Vancouver-based artist and graphic designer born and raised in the Canadian prairies. Her work combines pen drawing with acrylic paint on wood. Most recently, she has been exploring new mediums including plaster and pressed flowers.

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November 17, 2021 @ 12:00 pm PST
December 14, 2021 @ 5:00 pm PST