EXHIBITION 1010

We are pleased to announce our new programming for 2020: EXHIBITION 1010.  Running concurrently with our established solo exhibition programme, this new series of exhibitions opens the gallery to guest artists from across BC; it expands our support and promotion of Canadian based contemporary artists.  EXHIBITION 1010 features 10 paintings for 10 days starting on the third Thursday of each month.

AMY STEWART
Real Cold
Sept. 17 – 26, 2020

Amy Stewart’s series Real Cold emerges from her interest in experiences of embodiment. When Stewart was a teenager, her body began to behave strangely. At times, her feet turned painfully cold and blue. An athlete and a child of the outdoors, she gradually noticed that her body’s reactions had changed from the “normal” she had always known. After multiple medical consultations and months of confusion, she finally got a few answers, as well as a decision: doctors said that because of Stewart’s extreme reaction to the cold, only surgery would prevent her from losing her feet.

While surgery restored Stewart’s feet, it did not stop her body’s dramatic shifts in temperature. Years later, she has adapted to the strangeness—to sudden bouts of heat swinging to intense drops to cold. She knows how to cope with these responses by giving her body what it needs, but she still doesn’t understand why her body does what it does.

The paintings in Real Cold trace the fluctuations from heat to cold, and the idea that a single body can contain such opposing forces. The series pairs paintings of contrasting colours; the cool shades of intense cold against the subtle warmth of more temperate weather suggest the uncertainty of bodily responses. Sharp lines cut across her canvases in angular breaking points—the body’s sudden collapse from accumulated tension—or in straight, vertical strokes from one extreme to another.

At a time when we are all impacted by a global health pandemic, we are more acutely aware of the body’s vulnerability. The crisis has forced us to watch people swing suddenly from good health to incapacitating sickness. Even for those who stay healthy, an uncertainty remains about the body’s potential for infection. Stewart’s personal history of bodily oppositions connects in Real Cold to a broader, shared experience of embodiment and our growing awareness of the fundamental ways in which our bodies enclose the uncertain potential for sudden change.

 

Amy Stewart Best Of Me

Best of Me  2020
Acrylic on canvas  36″ x 36″
SOLD

 

Amy Stewart Come Back And Remember

Come Back and Remember  2020
Acrylic on canvas  36″ x 36″
SOLD

 

Amy Stewart Press Fast Forward

Press Fast Forward  2020
Acrylic on canvas  36″ x 36″
$1,300.00

 

Amy Stewart Strange As It-Seems

Strange As It Seems  2020
Acrylic on canvas  40″ x 40″
$1,650.00

 

Amy Stewart Drifting and Dreaming

Drifting and Dreaming  2020
Acrylic on canvas  40″ x 30″
$1,200.00

 

Amy Stewart Looking At Yesterday

Looking at Yesterday  2020
Acrylic on canvas  40″ x 30″
$1,200.00

 

Amy Stewart Out Of The Darkness

Out of the Darkness  2020
Acrylic on canvas  40″ x 30″
$1,200.00

 

Amy Stewart Through The Hard Times And The Good

Through the Hard Times and the Good  2020
Acrylic on canvas  40″ x 30″
$1,200.00

 

Amy Stewart Better Now

Better Now  2020
Acrylic on canvas  40″ x 30″
$1,200.00

 

Amy Stewart Moments Of Surrender

Moments of Surrender  2020
Acrylic on canvas  40″ x 30″
$1,200.00