This week, Burrard Arts Foundation(BAF) welcomes three new art exhibitions to the non-profit gallery.
Two of the shows are products of BAF’s Residency Program, recent participants, muralist, textile artist and illustrator Sandeep Johal, and photographer, installation and new media artist Annie Briard. During the Residency, the two artists worked side-by-side in two studios at BAF’s purpose-designed facility in the False Creek Flats. Joining them is the opening of a new work from Josephine Lee in BAF’s Garage; this street facing exhibition window displays art to the public 24 hours a day and showcases early-career artists.
Annie Briard’s work can be succinctly defined by two interrelated principles: colour and light. Her exhibition ‘Within the Eclipse,’ is almost minimal, in contrast to the colourful maximalism of her prior, photographic work. Included in the show is a new, light-based sculptural installation that immerses the viewer in Briard’s central themes of perception and subjectivity.
Sandeep Johal’s exhibition, ‘Beast of Burden,‘ brings to light her isolating and arduous journey. A daring exercise in vulnerability and forgiveness, Beast of Burden is an unflinching look at motherhood that urges viewers to recast their gaze.
Josephine Lee’s ‘/born ignorant in an abyss of light,’ uses handblown borosilicate glass, containing glowing, flickering plasma lit up by an electrode, to examine notions of home, toxicity, and nationalism by highlighting the precarity and fragility of her materials.
Visit burrardarts.org for detailed descriptions about the trio of exhibitions. Opening Tuesday, January 19, the exhibitions are on view until Saturday, March 20, 2021. Free to the public, guests are invited to visit BAF Gallery at 258 East 1st Avenue during opening hours of Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 5pm.
Due to the current public health orders around COVID-19, the public is invited to visit the gallery alone or with their bubble anytime during opening hours.