The Vancouver Art Gallery’s inaugural edition of its new triennial “Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures” is on view from December 3, 2016 to April 17, 2017, and brings together 40 of the city’s most compelling artists. Chief curator Daina Augaitis, together with 221A’s Jesse McKee, aims to present a barometer of Vancouver’s current artistic climate.
Centreing on shifts that have taken place since the cultural zeitgeist that was the 2010 Winter Olympics, “Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures” focuses on a multiplicity of narratives and perspectives. Work from established artists such as Glenn Lewis is placed within similar context as emerging artists like Maya Beaudry, displaying provenance and promise; and the abstract work of Brent Wadden’s weaving and Eli Bornowsky’s geometric play act as evidence of the range and dynamics in the city, even when within similar themes.
For those less familiar with the creative makeup of Vancouver, the exhibition serves as a guide to the city’s art—special it is.
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