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The most engaging artwork absorbs our attention, reflects back as we reflect upon it and hopefully illuminates something in our world.
Absorption, Reflection, Illumination. That’s the name and the aim of the latest exhibition at North Vancouver’s CityScape Community Art Space.
Gallery coordinator Jo Dunlop’s rationale for the show was to exhibit three visual artists of different media and highlight how their works explore one or more of the qualities of light and of quality art: absorption, reflection and illumination.
It just happens that the three artists were already friends and at least two of them were already married to one another.
North Vancouverite Peter Pierobon’s work is easily the most illuminating of the show by virtue that his craft is the construction of giant wooden lanterns. His one- to two-metre LED lamps — complex and twisting lattice-works of local red and yellow cedar — will hang above the white gallery space where wife Sibeal Foyle and friend Kent Anderson complete the three-part show.
Foyle’s paintings deal less in literal illumination but are no less jarring.
They’re inspired by her conversations with her sister, a resident of Benghazi, Libya since 1978, about the city’s deadly protests against dictator Moammar Gadhafi earlier this year and the civil war that has engulfed the country since.
Using tricks of light in her oil compositions, Foyle melds slices of her own Canadian summer with that of her sister’s: a serene summer lake scene turns sinister when faraway fireworks turn to Libyan bombs.
Perhaps most intriguing of the show are Anderson’s many and varied sculptural and found object works. What he calls his “memorial to the fleshy bits” is a series of bronze, concrete and steel sculptures which explore the themes of self-absorption and life in a post-physical world.
“The body used to be our interface to the world,” he says, on seeing a reporter bend down to sneak a touch at one of his polished bronze sculptures. “But now it’s all mediated through computers.”
Absorption, Reflection Illumination runs Sept. 30 to Oct. 22 with an artists’ talk at 6 p.m. on Oct. 4 at the CityScape Community Art Space at 335 Lonsdale Ave. in North Vancouver.