Scrapyard Chronicles is a solo mixed media exhibition that will be held at The Deer Lake Gallery featuring the work of Vanessa Lam. Scrapyard Chronicles is hosted and organized by The Burnaby Arts Council. The exhibition will open Saturday June 6th 2015 and run until June 27th 2015.
In Scrapyard Chronicles Vanessa Lam utilizes mixed media assemblage to explore urban environments and everyday objects. Vanessa Lams use of a traditional color palettes (ochres and siennas), burlap, found papers and newspaper clippings visually echoes the collage work of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braques whose collage works had an incredible influence on western modern art. However unlike Picasso and Braque, Lam includes color digital photography, and expressionist gestural painting to her mixed media works. Refuse under Lam’s care becomes the precious subject of her mixed media collages, when she takes her camera down to the local scrapyard gleefully documenting what society would rather not see, the excesses of western culture fuelled by its gratuitous waste. Lam demonstrating the well-known cliché that “one persons trash is another persons treasure” juxtaposes degraded materials with the heroic tradition of painting. Playing with the signs of western art history and the local scrapyard, Lam is able to create inventive tableaus, which confound those two very different value systems. Working with societal residue Lam’s work defies the assumption that art should explore only heroic themes like life, death, state and religion. In treating everyday mundane objects preciously the viewer is asked to reconsider the significance of everyday rituals and the forgettable things that surround us.
Vanessa Lam lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is a visual artist, merging photography with mixed media painting. While pursuing a career in health care, she maintained an interest in art that began with studies at the University of British Columbia. Lam was recently awarded first place in the Semiahmoo Arts Juried Art Exhibit and has exhibited and sold her work at various community venues and public galleries in the Lower Mainland.
Please join us for the opening reception of Scrapyard Chronicles that will be held June 6th 2015 between 2-4pm at the Deer Lake Gallery.
Written by K. Leigh Tennant