Reach Gallery launches new exhibits

Opening reception to take place Thursday, Jan. 21

This mixed-media piece by Lyndal Osborne is titled Shoalwan: River through Fire

This mixed-media piece by Lyndal Osborne is titled Shoalwan: River through Fire

The Reach Gallery Museum (32388 Veterans Way) launches its winter exhibitions with a free public opening reception on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m.

A Terrible Beauty: Edward Burtynsky in Dialogue with Emily Carr presents a selection of works by this renowned Toronto photographer in conversation with paintings and drawings by one of BC’s most popular artist.

Though working in different media and over 50 years apart, these artists share a deep and abiding concern for their environment and the impact of human activities on the land. The exhibition is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by its senior curator, Bruce Grenville, who will present a curator’s talk on April 7.

The Reach also presents Alberta artist Lyndal Osborne’s formidable installation Shoalwan: River Through Fire, River of Ice.

The work consists of 7,500 glass jars, combined with thousands of materials gathered from the shores of two rivers on opposite sides of the globe.

The scale of the exhibition and the variety of its elements serve to illustrate the biological diversity of each river while also bearing witness to the pervasive imprint of human activity.

The artist will also be on hand to give a talk and tour of her exhibition on Friday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m.

Adrift in the Same Pond, the most recent body of work by Langley artist Edith Krause, is a collection of human-scale woodcut prints of plankton and life-sized prints of people swimming.

The juxtaposition implies a sense of equality in terms of ecological importance and underscores the significance of the tiny plankton to our global ecosystem.

The prints are complemented by a digital component featuring video loops of humans and plankton in aquatic environments.

In Hidden Harmonies, Chilliwack artist Ross Bollerup uses his observations of the humble lifeforms – starlings, moles, bees and rabbits – that exist in the cracks and crevices of our lives.

His process reflects the complicated, and often unnoticed, compositions that surround us every day.

The new exhibitions will be on view until April 10, except Ross Bollerup’s, which runs until March 6.

For more information, visit thereach.ca or call 604-864-8087.