Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Contemporary Art Goes to the Birds in Vancouver

"I spent most of the last year making photographic, collage-based stop motion animation and installation work. With this body of work I’ve returned exclusively to painting as a way to reintroduce it amongst the other ideas I’m exploring..."--Jennifer Mawby

Regulars in the Vancouver, British Columbia art scene are familiar with the work of visual artist Jennifer Mawby.  This evening, Quinary Projects Pop Up Gallery will host an opening artist reception for a theatrical installation of expanded paintings by Mawby.  

What if an artist created a story in her head about what the outcome would be she went hunting, caught and skinned a painting and hung the pelt to dry? The end result?  The Aviary. 

Imagine walking into a large bird cage, over which a closed-eyed birdwatcher ironically keeps watch. Overall, the installation is a psychological landscape of what exists inside the mind of this silent film star-like protagonist.  

With many forms that have been cut out so as to appear like bricolage or photo-collage to "render them less precious and more animated," the oil paintings are created on loose canvas and clear Duralar.  Some assemblages take the form of Asian fighting kites and some are like hunting trophies. The Duralar pieces resemble single, cel (celluloid) animation frames. Both sides of the image are revealed through the material and the installation.  

The show will continue at Quinary Projects (Curated by Wesley Yuen and hosted by Dominion Grand Development)  with limited hours from July 19-21: Thursday, July 19th - 5pm to 8pm; Friday, July 20th - 5pm to 9pm; Saturday, July 21st - noon to 4pm. The gallery is located on the west side of Richards Street at Pacific in Yaletown (next to Trees Organic) in Vancouver. 

For further information contact Jennifer Mawby at 604.783.7178 or

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