Onions, Life, And Hotdogs On Parade

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Onions, Life, And Hotdogs On Parade
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Onions, Life and Hotdogs on Parade
June 10 - July 15, 2017

Louis Bouvier
David Poolman
Kerri Reid
Marjan Verstappen

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 10th, 4-6PM

For certain artists, the act of drawing is the act of chronicling the observable world. For others, it is a means to explore the less perceptible facets of lived experience. This exhibition presents a series of drawings that revel in the wonder, absurdity, and pageantry of everyday life.

Marjan Verstappen’s seductive drawings of vegetables are not about vegetables per se but the industrial packaging designed to preserve, protect and enhance the appearance of food. Plastic membranes used to wrap lettuce and orange sack-shaped mesh for onions have all become supermarket simulacra for produce in the 21st century. Ironically, the artist’s razor-sharp realism renders the pencil-crayon vegetables as delectably tantalizing as was the designed intention of the grocery store packaging she documents.

For the artist Kerri Reid, to draw is to observe and make sense of the world around her. In 2013, after moving to Sointula (a small fishing village off the coast of B.C.) the artist began working on her version of a traditional “field guide.” The idea was simple: to record and catalogue characteristics unique to Sointula and, in the process, to become better acquainted with her new home. The first series she has produced, based on local bumper stickers, reveals a community proud of its Finnish heritage, fervently opposed to salmon farming and rather intolerant of bullshit.

Montreal-based artist Louis Bouvier has become known for his large-scale photorealistic drawings rendered entirely in pencil. The landscape on display in the gallery presents the moment when the sun breaks clear of a cluster of clouds to shine onto a lake. This magnificent vista, however, is interrupted by the words "drag and drop" and the sudden realization that what we see is in fact being mediated by a digital screen. The work is a poignant reminder of our paradoxical desire to digitally record and yet fully experience life’s more remarkable moments.

The least tethered to reality are the subtle graphite drawings of David Poolman. Through a repertoire of absurdist imagery and highly unlikely scenarios, humour and pathos are served up in equal measure. In the drawing titled “all these things must come to pass,” tiny figures find themselves trapped together under the weight of a single over-sized hotdog. The scene is legible, but the broader narrative is not. In this way Poolman’s work is best read like riddles scheming to be unraveled.

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The gallery would like to thank the ongoing sponsorship support of the Junction Brewery.

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday - Saturday, 11am-6pm
or by appointment

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By: Zalucky Contemporary