A new exhibition at Deer Lake Gallery is exploring the beasts that roam the Pacific Northwest.
Distant Tales, featuring the collaborative work of Fiona Tang and Kathleen McGiveron, opens Saturday, June 8, with a reception from noon to 4 p.m., and runs until Saturday, June 29.
A write-up about the exhibition notes that the works in the show will highlight a variety of the legendary creatures that live in and around this region.
“These creatures are mythical in stature, and their presence is breathtaking and awe-inspiring,” says the write-up.
Tang is a Vancouver-based artist who completed her bachelor of fine arts degree at Emily Carr University with a drawing major. She often works in charcoal, chalk pastel and acrylic in trompe l’oeil style, using animals as her subjects in expressive drawings – drawings that are typically life-size or larger, to emphasize the interaction of viewers with her art.
McGiveron describes her style as “rebellious and strange, lowbrow artwork,” using the style of the kitsch ceramic figurine to present reflections on popular culture, politics and internal musings.
The two will connect each of the creatures their art examines to an element of the Earth.
“As you look upon these beasts, both of which are created using earth’s materials (clay and charcoal), you will notice how each artist has integrated the elements into the works,” says the write-up.
Everyone is welcome to attend the opening reception, and admission to the gallery is always free (donations welcome).