Behind the Lines: Contemporary Syrian Art. Humam Alsalim, Cultural Beheading Veronica Verkley, Second Nature: FERAL Jessica Auer and Andreas Rutkauskas, Out of Office

Behind the Lines: Contemporary Syrian Art

Veronica Verkley - Second Nature: FERAL

Jessica Auer and Andreas Rutkauskas: Out of Office

 

Behind the Lines: Contemporary Syrian Art

Curated  by Humam Alsalim and Penticton Art Gallery director/curator, Paul Crawford

Behind the Lines: Contemporary Syrian Art features by 19 emerging artists, 13 of which still currently live in Syria. The artworks in this multi-faceted exhibition respond to the shattering effects of war faced by Syrians today. From displacement, imprisonment and violent eradication, to the destruction of cultural identity and history, the issues explored in this exhibition shed light on both the personal suffering experienced by the individual artists as well as the universal relevance of the devastation of war.

As part of the Conversation Series, there will be a free talk 'Discussing Syria' on  February 16, 2017 at 5:30 PM at the Yukon Arts Centre Public Gallery.

Listen to Paul Crawford's curator talk at the opening of the exhibition on December 8, 2016 here.

The exhibition catalogue below includes contact information for all the artists featured in the exhibition. We encourage you to get in touch and make connections:

 

 

 

 

Veronica Verkley

Second Nature: FERAL

presented by the Yukon Arts Centre and the Yukon Film Society

This new media installation by Dawson City-based artist Veronica Verkley includes a projected stop motion animation film and its intricate sets within an immersive soundscape filling the darkened room. An abandoned, post-apocalyptic house deteriorates in spectacular fashion as time, nature and the elements take over, nearly destroy, then ultimately transform the house. Even out of destruction there can emerge a transformative beauty: the house becomes uninhabitable to some, but in its decay becomes refuge and possibility for others.

Whlie it reads as a time-lapse shot over several years, in reality it’s an animation of a scale model shot over several months, with the deteriorations and decay all animated by hand: the house gradually collapsing into darkness then resurfacing into light as nature triumphs as a creative force.

As part of the Available Light Film Festival, there will be an artist talk and catalogue launch held at the Yukon Arts Centre on February 9, 2017 at 5 PM.

Listen to Veronica Verkley's artist talk at the opening of the exhibition on December 8, 2016 here.

Jessica Auer and Andreas Rutkauskas

Out of Office

Created during the Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency, works from Out of Office deal with the social and cultural climate of a present-day wilderness experience. In 2014, Jessica Auer and Andreas Rutkauskas and camped along the Chilkoot trail for fourteen days, from Dyea, Alaska to Bennett, British Columbia, making portraits of other backpackers with a 4x5” view camera. Originally used as a Tlingit First Nation trade route, the Chilkoot Trail saw major traffic and development during the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush. Despite its relatively remote location and the technical challenges of 19th Century photo¬graphic technology, this significant world event was well documented.

As part of the Conversation Series, there will be a free talk 'Chilkoot Stories Open Mic' on  January 12, 2017 at 5:30 PM at the Yukon Arts Centre Public Gallery.

Listen to Jessica Auer's artist talk at the opening of the exhibition on December 8, 2016 here.