Projects / Along a North-South Axis | 2016

A series of talks in Vancouver and Prince George co-presented by Two Rivers Gallery and Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

Geography has a profound impact on the critical and creative practices of artists and designers. Along a North-South Axis interrogates key questions being explored by artists working in a northern context. How does the evolving history of land-use affect the way we understand our terrain from an urban or rural perspective? How do the availability or scarcity of resources inform the way we approach material-based practices? What is the relationship between industry, geography, and design; and how is this changing?

This speaker series brings together a group of artists and designers with projects rooted in topics of geography, indigenous practices, materiality and industry. Connecting practitioners working in northern British Columbia with those in the lower mainland, the series is co-presented at Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George and Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver.

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Ruth Beer: States of Matter and Michele J Jensen: Parameters of Knowing

7:30 pm, Thursday, April 28th, 2016
Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George

Presented in conjunction with the opening of two new exhibitions at Two Rivers Gallery showing through to July 10, 2016.

Ruth Beer’s sculpture, woven structures and video address the interlaced relationships between extracted resources such as oil and copper, and the environment and culture. Michele J Jensen’s paintings of broken and otherworldly landscapes, at times mysteriously illuminated, at times entangled with weathered shrouds of fabric, give pause to reflect upon a possible future world in upheaval.

Utilising copper while making allusions to other natural resources in her work Beer helps us consider materials that we paradoxically depend upon even though they have a detrimental impact upon the world we inhabit. Jensen’s often-disconcerting paintings are conceptually rooted in present-day concerns for climate and environmental change, and throw an oracular lens upon the future. Questions posed by both artists’ work are at the crux of investigation behind this speakers series.

Ruth Beer’s artist talk and exhibition is presented as a part of a larger research project called Trading Routes: Grease Trails, Oil Futures.

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