Tina Bryan, Submitted to the Grand Forks Gazette
The board and staff at gallery 2 are pleased to invite you to the first exhibition opening of 2018 on Feb. 3 from 1-3 p.m.
This spring opening promises to be enlightening and reflective as five artists display their work with vision and conviction through their depiction of landscapes.
In the Reid Gallery, Uncultivated Ground: Paintings from a Common Edge features three Powell River painters who find commonality in their use of landscape as a starting point. Their paintings depict a direct response to the “end of the road” setting – vast and foreboding yet richly textured. Rick Cepella, Megan Dulcie Dill, and Barbara Langmaid share a commitment to pushing the boundaries of their respective practices. All three draw from the environment in which they have landed, presenting work that is remote and wild, rooted in location yet abstract, and reflective of an increasingly chaotic and anxious environment.
In the Fogg Gallery, Korean Dreams by Montreal born photographer Nathalie Daost offers a complex series of photographs that probe the unsettling vacuity of North Korea. Taken in North Korea over two trips in 2012, these images reveal a country that seems to exist outside of time, as a carefully choreographed mirage. Daoust deliberately obscures her photographs during the development stage; as the layers of film are peeled off, the images are stifled until the facts become ‘lost’ in the process and a sense of detachment from reality is revealed.
In the West Gallery, Inner Rainforest by Kaslo artist Shelley Ross presents abstracted watercolour paintings of the West Kootenay temperate rainforest. Drawing inspiration from forests located in the Kaslo and North Kootenay Lake area, including the Fenger Forest (north of Meadow Creek), the old growth forest on the Davis Creek Trail above Lardeau, and the Cedar Forest at Retallack, Ross captures the meditative mood of these places with her multi-layered watercolours.
The exhibition will run from Feb. 3rd to April 14 and gallery 2’s winter hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4, p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.