Garden in the Machine Artists in Conversation & Opening Reception at the Surrey Art Gallery.
Surrey Art Gallery is located in the Surrey Arts Centre
13750 88 Avenue
Surrey, BC Canada V3W 3L1
1 block east of King George Boulevard in Bear Creek Park
Join us on Saturday to celebrate the opening of our fall exhibition Garden in the Machine. This group show by leading digital artists in Canada marks 20 years of digital art programming in the Gallery’s internationally recognized TechLab. A conversation with artists Faisal Anwar, Leila Sujir, and Robert Youds will start at 6:30pm, moderated by curator Jordan Strom. Reception follows at 7:30pm with a performance by media artist Leonard J Paul. Free admission.
Upon walking into the exhibition, you’ll see a photographic series, installation, and interactive media artworks that explore the complex relationship between nature and technology. Transformation, mutation, growth, and destruction are central themes that run through the six large-scale works on display. The very limits of the digital and its relationships to nature are of primary concern to the presenting artists.
In Data Mulch, photographer Helma Sawatzky connects the act of composting to the excess, waste, and decay marking our contemporary digital condition. Sustainable food production, among other themes related to nature and the environment, appears in Faisal Anwar’s video project CharBagh. An algorithm transforms photos on Instagram contributed by Surrey residents into ornate geometric designs modelled on Islamic gardens. These photos respond to four questions: What are the images that symbolize your relationship to nature? What are the images that share your relationship to food sustainability? What are the images that capture the current moment of climate change? What are images that represent better sustainable practices?
Robert Youds also uses computer software to translate photos of a more local public garden, Butchart Gardens in Victoria, into coloured light sequences playing off an elaborate sculpture of aluminum panels, sawhorses, and desk lamps in For Everyone a Fountain. Get interactive with a VR installation called Unceded Territories by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun and Paisley Smith! Put on a pair of goggles to move through Yuxweluptun’s painted landscapes and experience the impact of your movements on the environment. Finally, spend time reflecting on the beauty of old-growth forests in front of Leila Sujir’s ethereal video Forest Breath. This artwork portrays a dense section of woodland on Canada’s West Coast under threat of deforestation.
Also on view is a group exhibit of nature paintings in our lobby by Artswest Society titled The Nature of Things.
Announcement in Canadian Art: Touring project of commissioned Imax shorts May 23, 2019. This tour includes Leila Sujir’s work entitled Aerial (2019) .
“The Dreams of the Night Cleaners (1995)” Screening Thursday, May 9, 2019
This work screened at the Doxa festival in Vancouver, in the program “Longing and Belonging, 1990s South Asian Film and Video | DOXA Documentary Film Festival” with essay below by Zool Suleman, editor of Rungh magazine.
Intertwined Histories: Plants in Their Social Contexts
from University of Calgary Press with curator Nancy Tousley’s chapter, “Leila Sujir’s Forest of Pixels,” on Sujir’s new video art works Aerial (2019) and Forest Breath (2018), and Forest! (work in progress).
A large format video art commission experimenting with IMAX technologies that will be shown in IMAX theaters throughout 2019-2020, along with the work of four other artists, as part of the XL, Outer Worlds exhibition, starting in Toronto April 18, 2019 at Cinesphere, as the closing night of the Images Festival. Images festival runs from April 11-18, 2019 (https://www.imagesfestival.com/)
Details about the Images closing night screening and party:
FotoFest International is pleased to announce the names of the 48 featured artists in the central exhibition for its upcoming FOTOFEST 2018 BIENNIAL
The FotoFest 2018 Biennial, March 10 – April 22, 2018, is dedicated to INDIA: Contemporary Photographic and New Media Art. FotoFest 2018 speaks to a number of contemporary issues in India including gender and sexuality, land rights conflict, the environment, human settlement and migration, and caste and class divisions. The participating artists are from India and the global Indian diaspora.
Organized by Lead Curator Sunil Gupta and FotoFest Executive Director Steven Evans, FotoFest 2018 will be one of the largest exhibitions of contemporary photography by artists of Indian origin to be presented in the United States. The artists were handpicked by Mr. Gupta and Mr. Evans while journeying through multiple cities in India and across the world.
In research and production with the following projects:
Peacocks Dream, for exhibition at the Houston FotoFest Biennial: India — Contemporary Photography and New Media Art (March – April 2018) http://home.fotofest.org/2018biennial/default.aspx#.Wj0hGisTGaN
Forest Breath,for exhibition at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (May – September 2018).
XL-Outer Worlds: a four-day Festival Celebration, Public Access Collective and True Frame Productions announce the launch of XL-Outer Worlds: a four-day Festival Celebration at the Cinesphere (Toronto’s Ontario Place) which brings together ten curated programs of early IMAX films from the archives, and new expanded projections by Canada’s leading artists Oliver Husain, Lisa Jackson, Kelly Richardson, Michael Snow, and Leila Sujir on the theme of “Outer Worlds.” The commissioned program will also tour to four locations in Canada, and four international destinations where IMAX has had or is having a significant impact.
Screening: For Jackson: A Time Capsule, 2004
Screening date at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria: February 25, 2017, with Leila Sujir and Jackson Sujir present.
Video 49 minutes, Betacam SP landscape format (16 by 9 aspect ratio).
A documentary portrait of two Canadian women, Rosemary Brown (1930-2003) and Ruth Horricks-Sujir (b. 1925) which creates a time capsule for their young grandson, Jackson. By moving viewers through the geographies and journeys of these women’s lives, Sujir uses landscapes as points of arrival and departure, and oceans as streams of stories.
Two new book projects have been released:
• from the Art Gallery of Windsor: Srimoyee Mitra (ed), Border Cultures, London, UK: Black Dog Publishing/Art Gallery of Windsor, 2016 [Tulipomania], 2016.
• from the Glenbow: Melanie Kjorlien (ed), Made in Calgary: An Exploration of Art from 1960 to the 2000’s: Calgary, Alberta: Glenbow, 2016 [Tulipomania and My Two Grandmothers], 2016.