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Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley

June 23 - July 19th

Opening reception Saturday, June 28th 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Rande Cook's mastery of traditional Kwakwaka'wakw formline is met with a dynamic use of contemporary colour, composition and narrative. Cook uses the story of trickster Raven, a shape changer who inadvertently releases the light into the world to benefit all of humanity.

Analogously, Yardley's fine brushwork pays homage to classical portraiture while her surreal squirrel faces manipulate one's interaction with the characters portrayed and limit the viewer to “arbitrary” yet socially codified details such as regalia and hairstyle.

While stylistically disparate, these two artists have delved into a challenging yet humorous discussion around personal identities and traditional cultural iconography. Simultaneously inclusive and exclusive, the use of humour asserts that an identity is alive. This groundbreaking collaboration between a contemporary First Nations artist and a mainstream contemporary artist features new two-dimensional works on wood, canvas and paper.

A special thank you to Kate Cino for writing this article for our exhibition, Ravenous. Please click here to read the article!

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