Equinox Galley is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Vancouver-based painter Angela Teng. Since graduating from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Teng’s contemporary engagement with the historical medium of painting has led to a unique style centered around challenging the nature of paint and its supporting structures.
Angela Teng considers the histories of craft and textiles to connect the dualities of painting (painting as an object vs. painting as a process). The artist began this new body of work through a thrifting process where second-hand stores were scoured for incomplete or unwanted needlepoint patterns and designs. Historically devalued due to its association with “women’s work,” needlepoint is one of the oldest-known forms of canvas work where coloured yarn or embroidery thread is stitched through a pre-planned design on a stiff, open weave canvas. For Teng, the open texture provides the ideal opening to create her own works based on the existing designs but using the glistening and oozing material of oil paint rather than a continuous length of thread. The creators of the needlepoint patterns remain anonymous, and by re-using them and adding to them, Teng brings contemporary validation to their work and connects herself to the unknown artists of the past. The intimate scale is also to be noted in these works. As these are based on a historically domestic craft, the small scale is a counter-point to the large canvases of the 20thcentury abstract expressionists.  Through a thoughtful approach that challenges ideas around traditionally feminized artistic labour, Teng's paintings are enlivened by a visual imagination that highlights the process of production while engaging in contested conversations about the distinctions between craft and fine art, textile and painting, labour and leisure.
Angela Teng: New Works opens on September 10th, 2022 at Equinox Gallery on Commercial Street in Vancouver.

Angela Teng

Angela Teng

Angela Teng’s work reconsiders what is traditionally required to make a painting, and then suggests otherwise by renegotiating how a picture can be made. Her painting practice utilizes a laboured dedication to the process of craft through abstraction and studio-based exploration of materials. Her crocheted acrylic ‘paint-paintings’ manipulate ways of paint handling, while her works on hand-made crocheted cotton/linen surfaces celebrate the application of thick oil paint with a brush. Her patterns generate an optical buzz created from the marbling of paint, wobbly form, and through experimenting and observing the optical interaction of colours one upon another.

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Shawn Hunt
The First Moonrise

February 19, 2022 - March 19, 2022
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Special Project
future relics of our time

February 19, 2022 - March 19, 2022
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Jack Shadbolt
The Long Echo

November 27, 2021 - January 8, 2022
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Ben Reeves
A Boat Made of Ocean

October 16, 2021 - November 20, 2021
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Etienne Zack
Reflections on a Quiet City

May 15, 2021 - June 12, 2021
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Bobbie Burgers
Natural Disorder

November 19, 2020 - December 19, 2020
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Shawn Hunt
The Beginning of Something

October 10, 2020 - November 14, 2020
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Summer Exhibition
Gallery Artists

July 28, 2020 - August 29, 2020
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Renée Van Halm
Holding Pattern

January 18, 2020 - February 15, 2020
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Gathie Falk
New Paintings and Sculpture

September 7, 2019 - October 12, 2019
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BC Binning, Devon Knowles and Renée Van Halm
Leave the Window Open

September 9, 2019 - October 12, 2019
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Some Drawings
A Group Exhibition

March 9, 2019 - March 30, 2019
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Takao Tanabe
A Major Exhibition

January 17, 2019 - March 2, 2019
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Ben Reeves
Something Edge

November 24, 2018 - December 22, 2018
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Angela Teng
A Coloured Image of the Sun

November 24, 2018 - December 22, 2018
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Gordon Smith
Through the Trees

September 8, 2018 - October 13, 2018
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Jack Shadbolt
The Ghost Universe

January 20, 2018 - February 22, 2018
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Al McWilliams
Floor Thoughts

December 2, 2017 - January 13, 2018
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Gathie Falk
The Things in My Head

November 7, 2015 - December 12, 2015
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