Burrard Arts Foundation: Annie Briard, Sandeep Johal and Josephine Lee

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Three new art exhibitions will open January 19th at Burrard Arts Foundation, a local visual arts nonprofit and gallery, featuring the works of Annie Briard, Sandeep Johal and Josephine Lee.

Annie Briard and Sandeep Johal and Josephine Lee
Left: Annie Briard. Top Right: Josephine Lee. Bottom Right: Sandeep Johal.

Burrard Arts Foundation: Annie Briard, Sandeep Johal and Josephine Lee

Where: BAF Gallery (258 East 1st Ave, Vancouver)
When: January 19 to March 20, 2021. Tues – Sat, 12:00pm to 5:00pm.
Admission: Free

Two of the shows were produced by the latest participants in BAF’s Residency Program, muralist, textile artist and illustrator Sandeep Johal, and photographer, installation and new media artist Annie Briard. During the program, the two artists worked side-by-side in the two studios at BAF’s purpose-designed facility in the False Creek Flats. Also opening is new work from Josephine Lee in BAF’s Garage; this street facing exhibition window displays art to the public 24 hours a day and showcases early-career artists.

Annie Briard’s work can be succinctly defined by two interrelated principles: colour and light. Her new exhibition Within the Eclipse, created in the BAF residency program, is almost minimal, in sharp contrast to the colourful maximalism of her prior, photographic work. Included in the show is a new, light-based sculptural installation that immerses the viewer in Briard’s central themes of perception and subjectivity.

It is within this shadowy realm that Sandeep Johal’s new exhibition, Beast of Burden, brings to light her isolating and arduous journey. A daring exercise in vulnerability and forgiveness, Beast of Burden is an unflinching look at motherhood that urges viewers to recast their gaze.

In /born ignorant in an abyss of light, Josephine Lee has used handblown borosilicate glass, containing glowing, flickering plasma lit up by an electrode, to examine notions of home, toxicity, and nationalism by highlighting the precarity and fragility of her materials. Surrounded by the blown glass and plasma are spherical porcelain vessels. Unique to Korea, the moon jar (dal hang-ari) takes two separately thrown bowls and joins them together to form a discernible seam, each moon jar’s unique characteristics falling on the asymmetrical line of its equator.

A cornerstone of Burrard Arts Foundation programming, the BAF Artist Residency Program offers creative support and professional development to qualified Vancouver-based artists.

Related: Burrard Arts Foundation: Russna Kaur, Cara Guri and Olivia di Liberto; Burrard Arts Foundation Re-Opens June 13 with Three New Exhibitions

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