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Gallery Exhibition Schedule

2017 Exhibitions 
Meryl McMaster: Confluence
January 14 - March 19, 2017

Meryl McMaster, Dream Catcher (2015)
Meryl McMaster, Dream Catcher (2015), Ink jet print, edition 2 of 2 AP, Courtesy of the artist and Katzman Contemporary

Meryl McMaster’s potent, alluring photographs explore the fluid domain of identity, and the possibilities of examining and revisioning the self and its representation. Placing her body centrally in front of the camera, she transforms her appearance, whether by layering photographic images onto her body or through elaborate costumes and props she creates and inhabits as alter egos. An artist of Plains Cree and Euro-Canadian heritage, McMaster explores the dimensions of her own sense of identity, and the complex history of the photographic representation of Indigenous peoples. The three bodies of work in Confluence collectively trace the evolution of McMaster’s practice, with its recurrent thematic threads.

Confluence is a touring exhibition produced by the Carleton University Art Gallery in Ottawa and is accompanied by a publication with essays by Gabrielle Moser and cheyanne turions, as well as an interview with McMaster by CUAG curator Heather Anderson.

Mark Haney and Seth: Omnis Temporalis
April 9 - June 25
Seth, detail from the graphic novel, George Sprott, 2009
Seth, from the graphic novel George Sprott: 1894-1975, 2009.

Omnis Temporalis a multiform project based on Canadian cartoonist Seth’s critically acclaimed picture novella, George Sprott: 1894-1975. Set in the fictional Ontario city of Dominion, the work is an evocation of mid-20th century Canadiana, exploring themes such as, identity, death, change, loss and memory through various portrayals of the eponymous protagonist, George Sprott.

In 2011 Vancouver-based composer Mark Haney approached Seth for permission to use George Sprott: 1894-1975 as the basis for new work. Seth enthusiastically embraced the project and their ongoing dialogue has resulted in this collaboration. Over the course of the exhibition Haney will undertake a series of free in-gallery performances within an immersive installation designed by Seth of the television station, CKCK, where in the novella Sprott hosted his local television show, Northern Hi-Lights, for over 20 years. Please check under events for dates and times of the performances.

Michael Bednar:The Fraser, Living River
April 9 - June 25

Michael Bednar,  ‘Where the Land Meets the Sea’  2016,
Michael Bednar,  Where the Land Meets the Sea, 2016,  Digital Photograph

Michael Bednar’s photographic work, The Fraser, Living River explores the historical and ecological significance of British Columbia’s longest river. Commencing its documentation of the headwaters at the Continental Divide to its terminus at the Pacific Ocean, Bednar examines this ecologically diverse river that flows through 11 of BC’s 14 biogeoclimatic zones.

Central to the project is Bednar’s framing of the Fraser as a working river; his images highlight its history and continued importance to First Nations communities and include the development of industries such as logging, shipping, fishing, and tourism.  The City of Richmond, located on Lulu Island at the mouth of the Fraser River, evinces the working aspect of the river with numerous industries presently lining its river banks.

The Fraser, Living River is presented in partnership with Richmond Public Art and is part of the Capture Photography Festival 2017. The six-panel photo montage will be displayed on the gallery's windows facing Minoru Boulevard.

Beyond the Horizon
July 8 - August 20

William Percy Weston,
William Percy Weston, "Evening - Keremeos, B.C.", 1960, oil on canvas, 30 x 36 in. Photo: Lance Blomgren

Beyond the Horizon, curated by Hilary Letwin will showcase selected landscapes from the Richmond Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection. Many of the exhibited works celebrate the natural beauty of Canada and illustrate the changing ways that artists have captured the country’s mountains, forests and skies.

Works by Irene Hoffar Reid, William P. Weston, Toni Onley and Alan Wood show the progression of how these artists forged their own paths in capturing the Canadian terrain.  The dates of the works range from 1932 up to 1994, depicting how landscape painting in Canada has changed over the course of the 60 years represented.  The majority of the artworks in the exhibition were acquired through generous donations from artists and collectors.

Eternal Return
September 10 - November 19
Photograph by Barb Choit, 2017
Barb Choit, Richmond Reconstructions, photograph 2017

Eternal  Return incorporates the work of five artists, Barb Choit, Kevin Day, Lucien Durey, Alanna Ho, and Anchi Lin who respond to the idea of migration via research and selection of objects that are part of the City of Richmond Museum’s Migration Collection. The artists will create new work(s) based on their investigations, and will exhibit the work in the context of these objects at the Richmond Art Gallery, which is located next door to the Museum. Thematically the work in the exhibition will broadly expand on the notion of the eternal return, a concept that appears in philosophy, ancient and contemporary cultures, metaphysics and science-fiction, and refers to the cyclical repetition of all things and situations. The exhibition is guest curated by independent curator Sunshine Frère.