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Elements: Nature, Art, Impact

  • Wednesday, May 31, 2023
  • Sunday, June 25, 2023
  • 4:00 PM
  • Silk Purse Arts Centre, 1570 Argyle Ave.

'Trash No. 10'

Jeongmin Ahn

'Copper Sokeye, Copper River'

Wayne Buhler

'Blue Zone'

Monica Gewurz

Explore Art's role in the climate conversation. Featuring Jeongmin Ahn's hyper-realistic paintings of trash, Wayne Buhler's idealized nature paintings on copper & Monica Gewurz's abstract landscapes & seascapes painted with natural pigments.

Jeongmin Ahn is an emerging Korean hyperrealist painter based in Vancouver. His series Trash focuses on consumerism & the ecosystem. Hyperrealistic paintings require large amounts of time to render, & the great care & detail put into this work conflicts with the notion of his subject's disposability & lack of value. These detailed, life-like paintings allow viewers to look more carefully at the trash, to reassess how & what we place value on in a consumer society that readily fills up landfills & waters with items designed to be disposable

 Wayne Buhler is a North Vancouver based artist of the Simpcw First Nation,  the 'People of the Rivers'. Having always lived close to nature, Buhler's art envisions a healthy & natural world. Bright images of natural beauty are captured in translucent oil paint on polished copper: rivers flow; sockeye salmon return; nature thrives. The luminescence of the burnished copper shines through the paint like hope while also enhancing the work's depth & richness of colour. Buhler's stylized scenes & abstractions offer viewers a glimpse of the world we could live in.

Monica Gewurz is a mixed media artist based in Lions Bay with a background in environmental science. Moving away from oil & acrylic paints due to their associated microplastics & toxicity, Gewruz is working in eco-friendly sustainable paint, plant-earth pigments, upcycled materials & even sand to create textured colourful works. Inspired by the emotional impact of a landscape or shoreline, these paintings remind us of the beauty of nature & our responsibility to take care of it.

Artist Talk Livestream

Watch an inspiring & engaging livestream conversation with the artists as they share insights into their artistic processes, inspirations, take a tour of the exhibition & answer questions from viewers like you!

West Vancouver Community Arts Council
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The Silk Purse Arts Centre
1570 Argyle Avenue
West Vancouver, BC  V7V 1A1

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