Current Exhibition:

Sour Ground

Caitlin ffrench
Emily De Boer
Paul McDonnell
Zoë Laycock

June 13 - 15 / Jun 20 - 22, 2024

Opening: June 13, 5pm - 9pm

Caitlin ffrench's ritual practice explores natural materials and processes, including natural plant dyes and ochre pigments, along with textiles, ceramics and documentary photography of important sites affected by climate change. Conceptually centered around the term solastalgia— grief felt for the dying world— ffrench invites her audience to reflect on their own experience of grief and its relationship to the devastation of climate change. ffrench employs methodologies of phenomenology, observation and walking the land, along with technologies of magic, dreamwork, intuition, bibliomancy (the use of books in divination) and geomancy (earth divination).

Emily De Boer (she/her) is a disabled multidisciplinary worldbuilder. Born and raised in Richmond BC she has witnessed the constant transformation of the lower mainland. The street as a democratized yet tremendously hostile space is processed and reimagined into precariously built, anti-architecture constructions. Enthralled by the power of the everyday, the disappearing, and the hostile architectural elements within the city, De Boer processes these motifs through photography, collage, and printmaking. Her worldbuilding asks viewers to reimagine an inclusive, decolonized and accessible world. These worlds are inhabited by Lady, De Boer’s alter-ego: a pink breezeblock. She is able to exist in this imaginary, idealized world defying the hostility of inaccess.

Paul McDonnell is an artist and architect. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design and a Master of Architecture from the University of Waterloo. Paul’s practice is based in new media. It is currently focused on the climate crisis, defuturing, simulation, and the gradual thinning of the world. Paul works with new and emerging digital animation technology to create projected digital animated loops. The animated loops are installed as site specific gallery installations or as street art, using projection bombing. Paul’s work questions the replacement of the real with the image of the real and the relationship of the image of the real to the ongoing destruction of the natural world.

Zoë Laycock (she/they) is Anishinaabe Red River Métis, born and raised in Calgary AB and on the land in the surrounding Rockies. She is a liminal place-based interdisciplinary artist working with textiles, printmaking, experimental sound, installation, video projection, and Indigenous material practices. Maintaining a strong relationship to the spirit world, and spirits of place Zoë engages haunting, interdimensional communication & broadcasting, and exploration of layered cyclical time.

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