For our first exhibition of 2021, Equinox presents a selection of paintings and photographic work by gallery artists Adad Hannah, Erin McSavaney, Marten Elder, Gordon Smith, Ben Reeves, Gathie Falk, Renée Van Halm, Jack Shadbolt and Bobbie Burgers. A rotating selection of works by Fred Herzog are also on view in our side gallery.
For more details on these or other works by these artists, please contact the gallery at info@equinoxgallery.com.

Bobbie Burgers

Bobbie Burgers

Bobbie Burgers is interested in the process of decay, transformation, and metamorphosis in nature. With a distinct style that merges abstraction with representation in increasing degrees, her work brings together instinctive compositions while revealing her precise powers of observation. Remarkable for their compositional rhythms, bold coloration, and sweeping gestural brushstrokes, Burgers’ paintings bring alive the fundamental quest to express something personal, subjective and emotive, in a poetic, abstract way.

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Marten Elder

Marten Elder

Marten Elder’s photographs offer a reconsideration of the way that images are captured in light of digital and technological developments. Through careful interpretation of the raw data, Elder produces photographs that disrupt spatial hierarchy and that are intensely vibrant in their tonal range. The colours may seem synthetic at first, but they all exist in the world in the same relative relationship to one another, and it is this representation of the world that is of great interest to Elder.

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Gathie Falk

Gathie Falk

Gathie Falk’s practice meticulously transforms objects of everyday experience into extraordinary things. Working in a variety of media that includes performance art, sculpture, ceramics, painting and drawing, Falk has produced works that feel surreal and dreamlike, reinventing clothing, fruit, plants, shoes, or baseball caps into objects of much greater significance. Although these objects are relatable in their familiarity, it is the personal symbols they carry – not the universal – that are of interest to Falk. Her practice has been aligned with the traditions of Surrealism, Funk, Fluxus, and Pop Art, but the influences are rarely direct. Indeed, Falk is most comfortable when poised on the edge of contradictions.

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Adad Hannah

Adad Hannah

Adad Hannah explores historically trenchant themes through elaborate bodies of work that include installation, video, and photography. Inspired by the historical practice of tableaux vivants (translated as “living pictures”), Hannah’s overall practice invokes the durational form of early cinema, while also making reference to early photography by mimicking paintings at a time when it was the very goal of photography to do so. Time occupies a prominent place in Hannah’s production, forged by a lasting interest in temporality and its complex relationship with photography and video. Hannah adds to this history by bridging, or blurring, the divide between the tableau in photography and its originating form as living, i.e., live picture. 

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The Estate of Fred Herzog

The Estate of Fred Herzog

Fred Herzog was born in Germany in 1930, and immigrated to Vancouver, BC in 1953. Throughout his career he worked almost exclusively with Kodachrome slide film, and only in the past decade did technology allow him to make archival pigment prints that match the exceptional colour and intensity of the Kodachrome slide. Herzog’s use of colour was unusual in the 1950s and 60s, a time when art photography was almost exclusively associated with black and white imagery. In this respect, his photographs can be seen as a pre-figuration of the “New Colour” photographers of the 1970s.

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Erin McSavaney

Erin McSavaney

Inspired by the practices of 1960’s photorealist painters, Erin Mcsavaney carefully examines over-looked abandoned warehouses, factories, loading docks and alleys within urban environments. McSavaney’s paintings utilize photographs as an opportunity for immediate intervention, allowing him to explore the spacial effects of light and colour with a clearer understanding of the primary principles of his subjects. Taking real and imaginary interactions between nature and architecture, McSavaney’s paintings begin with photographic studies upon which vividly rendered graphic elements have been imposed using ink and acrylic paint.

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Ben Reeves

Ben Reeves

Ben Reeves is known for his sumptuous use of paint in compositions that deftly explore the relationship between abstraction and depiction. His work is actively engaged with the theory of painting, raising questions about the authenticity of imagery, while remaining deceptively traditional. At first glance, many of his works appear to borrow generously from 19th-century realism, yet they are often meticulously conceptual. Reeves’ work continually asserts that the painted image is a vocabulary of brushstrokes, a culturally understood visual language. Dominated by thick daubs of oil paint, Reeves’ paintings command a physical presence with their relief-like impasto surfaces.

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The Estate of Gordon Smith

The Estate of Gordon Smith

Gordon Smith (1919-2020) is a key figure in contemporary Canadian art. Since the 1950s, he worked continuously to expand the dialogue between abstraction and representation. In his tangled paintings, there is the insinuation of entire fields of colour below the surface. Over the course of his 75-year long career he has made paintings employing that procedure of looping and overlapping, the movement of line to line, texture into texture and colour into colour. His work has been an evolving search for balance between abstraction and his love of the land, which has given us insight into both the act of painting and the essence of the West Coast.

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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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