A blog that share ideas on art, its meaning, objectives, and understandings, written by creatives for everyone.

ABOUT

We are thrilled to have found a space within VMF’s City Centre Artist Lodge. Our purpose and values perfectly align with this incredible space that has been converted from an iconic motel to an epicentre of creativity, bringing art to people and people to art in an accessible way.  

We have opened our doors to the public on the weekends presenting TAS Artists and fellow guest creatives, hoping our presence will become an entry point into supporting local artists by creating connections through a series of mini shows.

Having a dedicated space on the traditional unceeded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlil̓wətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations is a true privilege, but it also comes with great responsibility. We will work hard to bring art to the people in a meaningful, accessible and enjoyable way, and keep supporting the emerging art community. 

SHOW I: BEN EVELY

Opening Friday October 7th, 7-9pm
Weekends only October 8th-23rd

Leftover house paint, colour swatches, stir sticks, fabric off cuts, collage material stowed away and forgotten about, paint at the bottom of the yoghurt container: Remnants of a creative process.

Ben Evely’s solo show Reassessing Excess builds on an interest in repurposing materials which accumulate in a studio practice. Whether it be paint leftover after a mural project, fabric found in a thrift shop, or the canvas off cuts from larger works. 

Evely explores possibilities in making creative use of the excess that exists around us, rethinking the value of materials, and finding ways of making unusual compositions.

Show II: Ketty Zhang

Opening Friday November 4th, 7-9pm
Weekends only Nov 4th-20th

Curated by Jill Taylor

Ketty Zhang’s solo show features a collection of new works across different media, centering around the theme of elevators.

The elevator sits at the intersection of a few topics the artist is interested in: corporate culture, transience, transition, and day-to-day spaces and materials. The elevator as a space brings out a layered sentiment, as it is the site for different types of interactions: chance encounters, small talk, awkward silence, and elevator pitches. For some, it might trigger certain psychological responses, like claustrophobia, germophobia, or even a kinky obsession with surrendering control in such a  confined, surveilled place. 

It is a “space within a space” as described by Michel Foucault - an urban limbo with its own unspoken rules as we head to our destination. As we emerge from the elevator, our social roles change; we become an employee, a customer, a student, a parent, a patient. Parts of our identity that were present before the ride become less apparent as the doors close. This exhibition explores multiple facets of the human psyche as they relate to the elevator as a site of introspection, fantasy, and change.

SHOW III: ISABELLE GRUE LEE

Opening Wednesday Nov 30th, 7-9pm
Weekends only, 11-4pm

Self-taught artist, Isabelle Grue Lee turns to collage as a painter to brushstrokes, using her trained eye in the appreciation of color and texture to recontextualize sourced fragments of textiles, and architectural or natural elements into new compositions. The emphasis on Isabelle’s process aims to demonstrate the value of courage and of trusting your intuition.

Drawing inspiration from unrestricted forms of self-expression, Isabelle lets go of parameters and external standards to take pleasure in the playfulness of creation, resulting in abstracted, unexpected, and stunning images. Although the outcome is up to chance, through trial and error Isabelle’s creative process involves trusting her initial visceral reaction to the materials in her assemblages. Through selecting and arranging, she discovers moments of epiphany when elements in her work reveal a beautiful tension and relation to each other. Isabelle’s collages demonstrate her unquestionable and unique eye for shadow, light, and volume. 

GLITTER IN YOUR EYES is Isabelle Grue Lee’s first solo show and marks the beginning of a long journey dedicated to and full of art.