Opening Reception for 3 new exhibitions to mark 40 years

Saturday September 19, 6:30 to 9:30pm
Southbank III Artists Panel Discussion: 6:30pm to 7:30pm
with Ferdinand Maravilla, Sandee Moore, Debbie Westergaard Tuepah

Reception: 7:30 to 9:30pm
Views from the Southbank III: Information, Objects, Mappings

Sylvia Grace BordaElizabeth CarefootWalter DexterWilla DowningConnie GloverSara GrahamAdad HannahDavida KiddRobert Kleyn, Cora Li-LegerDon Li-LegerRobert LinsleyStuart McCallFerdinand MaravillaAaron S. Moran,Sandee MooreFred OwenBarry ParkerJeff RasmussenBen ReevesMichael SoltisTracie StewartLesley Tannen, and Debbie Westergaard Tuepah.

September 19 to December 13, 2015

It’s everywhere: people plugging in and playing on smartphones; iPods blaring on the buses; GPS leading us to our destinations; screens clamouring for our attention in our homes, offices, cars, and pockets. In an age saturated with information, instant updates, and constant connectivity, how do artists respond to this ever-present yet ever-changing reality?

Views from the Southbank III brings together three different sets of artwork by twenty-four artists who respond to this societal shift while, at the same time, capturing a cross section of Surrey and its surrounding South of Fraser region. Some of the artists directly engage with the stuff of our digital world—infographics, information, data systems—weaving in this new reality to their work. Pouring and peeling back large drips of paint, Debbie Westergaard Tuepah makes vibrantly coloured graphs and charts based on Surrey demographics. Ben Reeves throws darts at a map of Surrey and then drives to these randomly selected sites where he makes one small painting for each location, mounting the panels on his car steering wheel as he works.

Another series of artworks reimagines how we interact with information through forms of mapping and counter-mapping. Sandee Moore creates an interactive first-person animated video game with environments influenced by the suburban townhome developments found in her home town centre of Cloverdale.
A third group of artists resists the electronic digital and ephemeral world by returning to the physicality and tangibility of objects through such forms as pottery, assemblage art, and textile sculpture. Connie Glover’s wheel-thrown ceramics and hand-built sculptures featuring local materials harken back to early forms of nature such as seedpods and buds.

Marking the Gallery’s 40th anniversary, this is the third and final part of the Views from the Southbank series of exhibitions that has featured over seventy-five artists from Surrey and its surrounding region south of the Fraser River throughout 2015.