Upcoming Exhibitions

Upcoming Exhibitions




Curated by Stuart Reid

January 9 to March 20, 2016

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 28, 7 pm
Hot Talk: Thursday, March 10, 2016, 7 pm

Swirling, thrusting marks traverse complex surfaces in this new body of large-scale abstract paintings called the Inland Series by Shawn Serfas. The artist explores the toxic potential of oily black as it infuses the ground, almost extinguishing the incendiary bars of hot red and yellow that burn like a furnace in the bottom quadrant of several of the paintings. Manipulating the liquidity of paint, the artist creates wet layers and crackling surfaces that illustrate the alchemic properties of the material. Serfas addresses environmental issues in these works, the uneasy pollution of materials seeping into the unspoiled cells of pure colour. This world is in dramatic flux, churning and changing; each painting evidence of an arrested state of human-made unbalance.

Shawn Serfas, Inland no. 2, 2014, acrylic and fabric on canvas.


Assorted Boxes of Ordinary Life

Curated by Marcie Bronson

January 29 to May 1, 2016

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 28, 7 pm
HOT TALK: Thursday, February 25, 2016, 7 pm

Inspired by a small found archive of personal photographs, documents, and objects, Amy Friend presents a new body of photo-based work that considers how identity comprises both fact and fiction. Composing images by overlaying fragments of the archive with anonymous secondhand photographs and her own original photographs, she infers narratives from the minimal details the remnants provide. Ambiguous and morphing, these composite images at once explore and confuse the history they reference, and Friend uses this to reflect on how we understand and interpret the people around us. When anomalous threads appear and begin to unravel the fabric of stories we think we know, we call into question what is accepted as truth. So little can say so much, and even greater is the unexplored mystery of the spaces in between what is known.

Amy Friend, Hopeless Romantic, 2015, archival pigment print