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Opening Reception: Constructed Abstraction

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February 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

* Deerlake Gallery Hours: Closed Sunday/Monday and all holidays

Constructed Abstraction is an exhibition that will be held at The Deer Lake Gallery featuring the work of Mark Bowen, Jay Lyonns, and Monique Motut-Firth. Constructed Abstraction is hosted and organized by The Burnaby Arts Council. The Exhibition will open on Thursday, February 8th and will run until March 10th, 2018.

The mental space where disparate ideas converge can resonate at a high frequency within the body. Synapses fire as ideas light up and your mind attempts to deconstruct information, compile common properties, and contrast dichotomies, to paint an overall encompassing image of a place of understanding. Constructed Abstraction is a collection of works that visualize this process in addressing the thematic meeting point of urban spaces, industrialization, natural elements, and social identity represented through digital prints, woodcut prints, neon, and collage. The layers of imagery are bold and colourful, almost as you would imagine as an idea held in the forefront of your mind’s eye.

Mark Bowen works with cityscape images that are combined with natural elements such as water, trees, glaciers, and textures – further abstracted with geometrical shapes combined with a loose adherence to realism and representational qualities. His work aims to combine aesthetic imagery that contains deeper conceptual themes of the influence of humankind on the natural environment.

Jay Lyonns is an East Vancouver based illustrator and designer whose professional work includes art direction and design within agencies for web, print and console video games. His freelance and contractual work includes illustration and design for books, websites and corporate clients. Depicted through the use of neon and prints, this selection of work addresses themes of urban spaces of Vancouver combined with the iconic imagery of culture found within it.

Monique Motut-Firth is a writer and multidisciplinary artist, working primarily in paper, paint and textiles. Her works investigate the use of collage and photomontage as critical strategies for exploring the role of technical images in knowledge production and cultural representation.