Industrial Evolution now on exhibit at Kariton Art Gallery

Three artists display work that examines the effects of industry on our world

This piece is by sculptor and painter Mike Edwards

This piece is by sculptor and painter Mike Edwards

The Abbotsford Arts Council’s newest exhibition, Industrial Evolution, is now on at the Kariton Art Gallery (2387 Ware St.) and runs until July 5.

The exhibit examines the effects of industry on our world, the ways in which we create, and where we are going next. The artists in the show explore the theme in three distinct ways, using a variety of media.

Candice Okada, a student in the fine arts program at UFV, created a series of light boxes that explore the relationship between the digital world and art history.

The series, titled Google Chrome Art History: Guide to Modernist Painting, consists of an abstracted image constructed from screen shots of Google Chrome as it loaded digital representations of actual art historical paintings.

In her work, Chantal New studies the correlation between humanity and impermanence, and specifically looks at outmoded forms of technology linked to communication and connection.

Images found in antique shops are repurposed into multimedia drawings that evoke a sense of nostalgia when looking at them.

Mike Edwards is a multi-disciplinary sculptor and painter who uses industrial materials in playful ways to explore the nature of the created object and its constituent parts.

His work is influenced by science, and the pieces are often experimentations themselves. In Industrial Evolution, Edwards creates a wall installation by dismantling one of his sculptures, exploring the miracle of form and function.

Also on display will be a sculptural piece by artist-in-residence Jay Havens. The heron stands at almost six feet tall, and uses unconventional materials, such as shopping bags, juxtaposed against traditional aboriginal craft methods, such as the fancy-basket technique.

The piece is a direct commentary on the commercialization of reservations and urbanization of indigenous and challenges us to confront our part in the erasure of environmental habitats and cultural landscapes.

For more information, visit abbotsfordartscouncil.com.