Stenten: The Resilience of Line, Locale and Intuition
TRENCH Contemporary Art, 148 Alexander Street
Jan 31 until further notice
Guest curators: Rachel Johndrow and Alison Sinkewicz
Winter Group Show, 2013
Paintings, drawings, photographs and sculpture
Opening Reception Thursday, January 31st, 6-9pm
Hours: Fri-Sat 12:00-5:00pm
Stenten is a Middle English word meaning ‘to stretch, stretch out or elongate.’ For our 2013 Winter Group Show at Trench Contemporary Art, we are very excited to feature three emerging artists with a mixture of mid-career and established artists, originally from Vancouver.
Our three emerging artists include Evan Broens, Ed Spence and Gabriel Dubois.
The thorough, diligent yet serene lines of Even Broens’ wall sculptures reflect the “formal, poetic, and philosophical possibilities of sculpture. From this point of departure, objects possess an essence. In studying the essence of objects, there is potential for a greater understanding of how we are ontologically bound with them.”
The patient hand-cut ‘digitization’ of Ed Spence’s reorganized places “suggest a state of flux or perceptive revelation…[where] the fracturing of surface brings into question our valuation of digital craft in contrast to the hand made.” His creation of an “alternative perception is mediated by the aesthetics of an indexed colour mode and…onscreen isometry.”
The rich, colourful sensory travels of Gabriel Dubois’ paint strokes bring his “outside art” inside, where messages and images are broken down into “hints of figurative forms” and carefully placed lines. Here, graffiti, drafting, paint, line, colour and found materials intertwine ideas of the urban, the personal and the formal, while challenging our assumptions of where these all belong.
These three young artists coupled with works by Ron Stonier, Michael Morris, Vincent Trasov, Amy Mukai, Carrie Walker and more, continue Trench’s commitment to Vancouver’s artistic lineage from past to present.
There will be a few surprises as well, so we hope you’ll join us!
For more information please contact Trench at 604-681-2577.