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Transformation and Memory – Endangered Spaces

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Doris Hutton Auxier, Associate Professor of Art at Trinity Western University and Jeff R. Warren, Assistant Professor of Music at TWU have collaborated again. This time, along with interdisciplinary artist, Suzanne Northcott, their pieces make up the exhibit Transformation and Memory – Endangered Spaces showing at the Evergreen Cultural Center in Coquitlam, July 16 to September 18, 2010, with a public opening reception on Sunday, July 18 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The first exhibition of their work, Bog: Transformation and Memory, was a group engagement in response to the vulnerable and newly protected site of the Langley Bog (Fort Gallery, August 2009). Now the trio is furthering their exploration of protected spaces to include an intimate reflection on the Colony Farm environment in Coquitlam.

“The real interest is in the manner the works of three artists interact, shedding light on each other’s work,” says Warren of the heightened experience of collaboration.

Doris Hutton Auxier's two groups of work include a series of paintings of small pieces of sphagnum and other organic material isolated and expanded to fill entire canvases, and a mixed media series called Insertions and Intrusions that address the uneasy sociopolitical issues that surround the protected areas of Colony Farm and the Langley Bog.

The photography and paintings of Suzanne Northcott investigate how things are reflected in each other to expose or transform memory and nature. For example, Northcott photographs original furnishings from Riverview (hospital gurney, stool) in select areas at Colony Farm. By doing so, she links these histories and allows the viewer to contemplate their relationship and the often “inarticulatible” space in between.

Addressing concerns surrounding acoustic ecology, Jeff R. Warren’s site-specific sound installation examines the effects of music and sound on ecosystems. A live, interactive soundscape created using drops of water allows viewers to alter the sounds by interacting with the piece.

The Art Gallery at Evergreen is located at 1205 Pinetree Way in Coquitlam City Centre. Gallery hours are 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Saturday.

  • Last Updated on July 15th, 2010 at 4:12pm
  • Author: Jennifer Watton
  • Email: media@twu.ca
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