Art Scene: Vancouver galleries look at image and identity

by Shawn Conner
Fall’s shows explore the changing state of the world, and our place in it

Kurbatoff Gallery

Jane Bronsch seeks to take viewers away from today’s speed- and convenience-obsessed world. Through meditative landscapes and still-lifes, Bronsch asks us to “stop and feel.” Says the Vancouver-based artist: “The purpose of art is to take you away from what your swirling thoughts were a second ago, on a quick journey into an artist’s world of the imaginary. The process of piecing an artwork together is an incredible and fascinating ride we artists are forever thankful to have the potential to perform.”

Jane Bronsch: Stop and Feel

Until October 5

2435 Granville St., 604-736-5444

Polygon Gallery

Third Realm showcases a crucial period of artistic production in Asia. Photography, film and installation by seminal figures of the Asian contemporary art scene from 2006 to 2013 offer insights into the sociopolitical shifts that occurred when Asia’s economic prosperity began to command global attention. Artists include Apichatpong Weerasethakul, a film director who won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2010 for Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.

Third Realm

Until November 8

101 Carrie Cates Court, 604-986-1351

Belkin Art Gallery

Organized by Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen’s University, Soundings: An Exhibition is a travelling exhibition featuring newly commissioned scores, performances, videos, sculptures and sound. Through these new works, Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists address the question: How can a score be a call and tool for decolonization? Unfolding in a sequence of five parts, the scores take the form of beadwork, videos, objects, graphic notation, historical belongings and written instructions. During the exhibition, these scores are activated at specific moments by musicians, dancers, performers and members of the public, gradually filling the gallery and surrounding public spaces with sound and action. For this iteration on Musqueam territory, the Belkin has collaborated with UBC’s Musqueam Language and Culture Department, School of Music, First Nations House of Learning and Museum of Anthropology to support the production of new artworks and performances by local artists.

Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts

Until December 6

1825 Main Mall, UBC, 604-822-2759

Audain Art Museum

With this exhibit, visitors to the Audain can witness the international arc of photography from the 19th century to the present. An overview of the medium’s social, economic, scientific and cultural impact on the world, Extended Moment includes European daguerreotype portraits, figurative azo dye prints from Asia and experimental digital imagery by leading American and Canadian artists. Notable photographers featured in this display of over 80 works include Diane Arbus, Edward Burtynsky, Stan Douglas, Walker Evans, Man Ray and more. The exhibition is part of the 2020 Capture Photography Festival selected exhibition program and is organized by the Scotiabank Photography Program at the National Gallery of Canada.

Extended Moment: Fifty Years of Collecting Photographs

Until October 18

4350 Blackcomb Way, Whistler

Museum of Anthropology

Canada’s colonial policies over the past 150 years come in for a scathing critique in Kent Monkman’s Shame and Prejudice. By prioritizing Indigenous perspectives, Monkman forces viewers to reassess long-held myths about the founding of this country. MOA is the final stop on the acclaimed exhibition’s three-year, cross-country tour. Timed-entry tickets will be on sale July 21.

Kent Monkman: Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience

Until January 3, 2021

6393 NW Marine Drive

Surrey Art Gallery

The interconnection between place and identity in the South of Fraser region is explored through selections from the Surrey Art Gallery’s permanent collection. Over two dozen artists are represented, including Sonny Assu, Doreen Jensen, Nicolas Sassoon and Stella Weinert.

Where We Have Been

September 19 to December 13

13750 88th Avenue


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