Three new exhibits open at Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford

Public invited to opening reception with artists on Thursday, May 5

This work by artist Aimée Henny Brown is titled Futur Simple V and is a hand-cut collage on cotton rag paper.

This work by artist Aimée Henny Brown is titled Futur Simple V and is a hand-cut collage on cotton rag paper.

The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford heralds spring with a trio of exhibitions that navigate the relationship between technology and art from multiple perspectives.

All three exhibitions open to the public during a free opening reception on Thursday, May 5 at 7 p.m. at The Reach (32388 Veterans Way).They will run until Sept. 4.

Among the works is Edmonton-based Craig Le Blanc’s “She loves me. He loves me not” in which he investigates the mystery of his own identity, directly (and somewhat vulnerably) placing himself squarely as subject.

Le Blanc boldly accepts the risk of exploring very personal narratives and motifs as a means of engaging viewers in a broader conversation.

A second exhibit, titled “To make measurable what is not so,” features artists Rosemary Burden, Judy D. Shane and Debbie Westergaard Tuepah, who test the boundaries between scientific and creative ways of knowing the world.

The artists look to the digital realm, as both a research tool and a means of making, while examining how we use technology in our daily lives and whether this changes our esthetic experiences.

The third exhibit is by Vancouver’s Aimée Henny Brown, who looks at the idea of the future in “Futur Simple / Futur Antérieur.”

She uses both everyday and spectacular imagery in her recent series of collage works which ask the age-old question, “How will we survive the present and what could the future look like?”

Connected to these exhibitions is a series of events with the artists:

– on Friday, May 6 at 7 p.m., join curator Bruce Johnson and artist Le Blanc for a free talk and tour of Le Blanc’s exhibition.

– on Saturday, May 28 at 1 p.m., Burden teaches the art of binary beading, followed by a guided tour of the exhibition with Burden, Westergaard Tuepah and Shane.

– on Saturday, June 18 at 1 p.m., Brown leads a workshop on combining archival imagery and collage.

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