Contemporary Art Bus Tour

Contemporary Art Bus TourFebruary 28, 2017

Contemporary art comes in so many forms! Enrich your understanding of what artists are making today with a fun and insightful guided bus tour on February 28. Presented by Surrey Art Gallery and Surrey Art Gallery Association, you’ll see exhibits in a range of media—from photography to sculpture—at Richmond Art Gallery, New Media Gallery in New Westminster, and Burnaby Art Gallery. Ages 16+. Cost is $39. Bring a bag lunch or pick something up on site at New Westminster Quay.

Led by Surrey Art Gallery curator Jordan Strom and curatorial assistant Rhys Edwards, participants will meet at the Surrey Art Gallery for an orientation over coffee before hitting the road. The first stop will be Richmond Art Gallery where you’ll see Confluence, an exhibit of photographs by Meryl McMaster that explores the fluid domain of identity. Placing her body centrally in front of the camera, she transforms her appearance, whether by layering photographic images onto her body or through elaborate costumes and props she creates and inhabits as alter egos. An artist of Plains Cree and Euro-Canadian heritage, McMaster explores the dimensions of her own sense of identity and the complex history of the photographic representation of Indigenous peoples. Confluence is produced by Carleton University Art Gallery in Ottawa.

The next stop is New Media Gallery in New Westminster’s contemporary gathering space, The Anvil Centre. The show on exhibit is BRINK, which brings together a group of electronic media sculptural works and video installations that explore notions of democracy, choice, and causality. The works suggest political game playing, a search for control and balance, with a focus on power struggles and symbiotic relationships.

Rounding out the day will be a visit to the Burnaby Art Gallery in Deer Lake Park where you’ll tour Hank Bull: Connexion. This exhibit transforms the Vancouver-based multimedia artist’s collection and archives into a sculptural installation, illuminating over four decades of Bull’s prolific collaborations with artists and artistic communities internationally. Through his material traces of life lived as art—including props, photographs, videos, documents, and technology—Connexion explores the idea of the artist as a connector of people, and of objects as active generators of meaning.

On this tour, you’ll experience art by celebrated Canadian and international artists and learn about new gallery trends—all in a friendly, accessible, and conversational environment.

Cost: $39

Ages: 16+

Bring your own lunch or pick something up at New Westminster Quay.

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