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Cultural scene mourns Vancouver contemporary artist Rodney Graham

INFLUENTIAL, HIGHLY RESPECTED contemporary-art giant Rodney Graham passed away Saturday at 73.

Condolences are pouring onto social media from around the world. In an announcement, the four galleries who represented him—303 Gallery, Hauser & Wirth, Lisson Gallery, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle and Esther Schipper—said he had been battling cancer.

Born in Abbotsford, Graham emerged from the 1970s’ photoconceptual movement in this city—the “Vancouver School” that gave rise to names like Jeff Wall, Roy Arden, and Ken Lum—putting his own unique, cheeky, and genre-busting twist on it. He was known for referencing the art-historical, the literary, the philosophical, and especially the cinematic and the musical.

Audain Art Museum gets Out of Control with playful exhibition highlighting the intersection between contemporary art and skateboarding

WHISTLER, BC, Sept. 6, 2022 /CNW/ – Out of Control: The Concrete Art of Skateboarding invites skaters and non-skaters alike to reimagine their collective understanding of skateboarding and reflect on its contemporary relevance. Opening on September 17, this ambitious group exhibition at the Audain Art Museum (AAM) brings together nineteen BC and international artists who embody diversity in their practice and explore the aesthetic, social, environmental, political, and architectural aspects of skateboarding.

Aesthetica Magazine – A Neon-Soaked City

Ridley Scott’s film adaptation of Blade Runner came out in 1982. It’s since become the blueprint for high-tech, neon-soaked dystopia and cyberpunk aesthetics: cities emblazoned with colourful billboards and 24-hour artificial light. Six years prior to its release, Canadian photographer Greg Girard (b. 1955) arrived in Tokyo. “Blade Runner-esque” had yet to enter the lexicon, and he was soon entranced by this modern, futuristic city. Girard quickly turned his lens on the city’s people and glowing nocturnal architecture. Now, this largely unseen collection of images is published in a new book: JAL 76 88.

Gailan Ngan, Fundamental forms for now, here and beyond – Galleries West

Vancouver artist Gailan Ngan’s From the Studio Floor presents a collection of works that are playful and inviting despite their weighty materials. The exhibition, on view at the Esker Foundation in Calgary until Dec. 18, brings together found materials such as chunks of clay and a cactus, with a series of ceramic sculptures collectively titled Moon Orbit, which Ngan describes as “blobs.” They look like colourful boulders from outer space but are mostly made of clay from British Columbia.

E’yles’lek Claude “Rocky” LaRock at Art Gallery at Evergreen

The Art Gallery at Evergreen is proud to announce its presentation of Semá:th Xó:tsa: Sts’ólemeqwelh Sxó:tsa/Great Gramma’s Lake. In November 2021, extreme rains flooded extensive areas of the Fraser Valley, including what is today known as Sumas Prairie. This “once in a century” flooding has dramatically impacted the lives and livelihoods of many Fraser Valley residents, including Stó:lō master carver E’yies’lek Claude “Rocky” LaRock.