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June 11, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - July 2, 2016 @ 4:00 pm

* Deerlake Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Sunday from 12pm - 4pm / Fridays - 12 - 6pm

Solo exhibition featuring: Jessie McNeil

Urban Subjects is a mixed media solo exhibition that will be held at The Deer Lake Gallery featuring the work of Vancouver based Jessie McNeil. Urban Subjects is hosted and organized by The Burnaby Arts Council.  The exhibition will open Saturday June 11th 2016 and run until July 2nd 2015.

In Urban Subjects, Jessie McNeil uses assemblage to slow down and capture the moment even more poignantly than photography can.  McNeil takes everyday images and through her cutting and pasting and smudging starts a dialogue with the viewer about the blurring of cultural lines.  In her work she is able to capture both the historical and the everyday textures of life.  In her work McNeil tries to increase the dynamic between audience and author by demonstrating how life extends beyond its own subjective limits. Often dialoguing but clearly expounding about the effects of global cultural interaction in our urban environs.  Her subjects are portrayed so that recognition of their culture plays an important role.  The query is raised of cultural signification in the modern day and its disappearance in the western world. Her use of different materials in her collages offers a very painterly interpretation of the urban settings.  They have a haunting simplicity that draws the viewer into the light and texture of the subjects and their environment.

Jessie McNeil (b. 1987) holds a BFA in Visual Arts from Emily Carr University, a Fine

Arts Diploma from Langara College’s Fine Arts Program and has exhibited locally and

internationally since graduation in 2013.  In 2015, along with two other young Canadian artists, McNeil received the William and Meredith Saunderson Prize for Emerging Artists.


Please join us for the opening reception of Urban Subjects that will be held June 11th 2016 between 2-4pm at the Deer Lake Gallery.