Catriona Jeffries Gallery
Exhibiting local heavyweights such as Ian Wallace, Brian Jungen and Geoffrey Farmer, Catriona Jeffries Gallery relocated in 2006 to its current space – a large warehouse in East Vancouver renovated by architect and artist Robert Kleyn. Jeffries’ roster of artists focuses on those who work has contributed and grown out of the celebrated conceptual art practices of this city. These artists have widely varying, imaginative practices – for example, Jungen’s masterful use of everyday materials displays his magician-like ability to transform Nike sneakers into First Nations masks and white plastic lawn chairs into a whale skeletons, both now iconic bodies of work. Farmer’s all-encompassing installations developed from materials as simple as magazine cut-outs and as complex as a fragment of an airplane hangar, envelop the visitor in a world entirely his own. Kevin Schmidt’s videos, including one of him playing Stairway to Heaven on Vancouver’s Long Beach as well as a fantastical light show in an unlikely arctic setting, are beautiful and haunting, referencing ideas around our interaction with the landscape and the notion of “the spectacle”. Although often speaking to conceptual histories, with her most interesting artists, you don’t have to be particularly familiar with the history of art to find their work visually arresting.