Emergent: Exhibition by Cruz, Dhillon, Tuepah at Surrey Art Gallery – June 23/12

Saturday, June 23, 2 – 4pm
Formal Remarks and Presentation of ARTS 2012 Awards, 2:15pm

Emergent: Patrick Cruz, A.S. Dhillon, Debbie Tuepah

Emergent showcases the work of three artists from an emerging wave of Surrey-based artists who are engaging in Metro Vancouver’s dynamic contemporary visual art scene from its fringes. Patrick Cruz, A.S. Dhillon, and Debbie Tuepah’s artworks span a variety of influences including advertising, early computer graphics, optical art, and landscape painting.

As adept experimenters with diverse materials, Patrick Cruz, A.S. Dhillon, and Debbie Tuepah make artwork that falls somewhere in the liminal gap between painting and sculpture. Tuepah’s large-scale installations of suspended paint-dipped fibre strands present pulsing environments inspired by information graphics. Dhillon’s signboard sculptures temporarily installed in public locations become subject matter for his exacting paintings that raise questions about Canada’s record on human rights and the uses of public space. Long ago-abandoned computer graphics and digital animation programs inspire Cruz’s folk-electronic investigations on the limits of painting.

Patrick Cruz (b. Manila, 1987) attended University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts, and graduated from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Over the past few years, Cruz’s art has investigated the aesthetics and potentialities of image making through contemporary social networking culture. Recent solo showings include birth of a seagull eschewed by a crow in good standing (2012), Small Gallery; Yin Yang Temple (2011), Unit/Pitt; and Made in the Philippines (2010), W00 Gallery. Upcoming exhibitions include a two person project with his brother Francis at the Dynamo Gallery, Vancouver, and an artist residency at Light & Space Contemporary in Quezon City, Philippines.

A.S. Dhillon (b. Cranbrook, 1975) has curated and presented his art in many exhibitions including Vancouver’s OR Gallery, Counterpublic, Dadabase, and Gallery 69, along with Holy Home, Munich and White Trash, Berlin. His text installations have been installed in Vancouver, London, Berlin and Munich. A.S. Dhillon has a Diploma of Fine Arts from the Kootenay School of Art and Design in Nelson, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver.

Debbie Tuepah (b. Vancouver, 1960) has studied at the Berlin University of the Arts, and Emily Carr University of Art + Design where in 2011 she received a BFA degree, and the John C. Kerr Chancellor’s Award for academic excellence and outstanding work in the graduation exhibition. Tuepah’s work is driven by process and material exploration, and she is influenced by an awareness of social, economic, and political concerns, as well as her previous background in marketing. Her art has been presented at Port Moody’s 3D Gallery, Surrey Art Gallery, and Vancouver’s Helen Pitt Gallery.

Emergent continues to August 18.

ARTS 2012
Arts Council of Surrey presents the 28th juried exhibition celebrating the diverse artistic talents of established and emerging visual artists. ARTS 2012 features more than fifty works by artists from Surrey and the surrounding region. Traditional imagery is juxtaposed with contemporary and experimental works. Media include painting, glasswork, sculpture, photography, and fibre arts. With a broad range of styles and themes included, this annual exhibition is popular with local visitors, who are invited to vote for the People’s Choice Award that will be announced at the close of the exhibition.

This annual juried exhibition generates awareness of local artists’ work, and plays an important role in emerging artists’ professional development. The exhibition’s jury was charged with nominating artworks to receive first, second, third, and honourable mention awards in the categories of Painting: Works on Canvas; Painting: Works on Paper; Drawing, 2-D Mixed Media & Printmaking; 3-D Works & Fibre Arts; and Photography & New Media. Works were selected for their technical skill, and innovative artistic thinking. ARTS 2012 is presented with the assistance of the Surrey Art Gallery.

ARTS 2012 continues to August 18.

These exhibitions are presented concurrently with the outdoor sound art installation Audio Migration (2012) by artist Alex Grunenfelder, which is part of Open Sound 2012: On Air, Underground – Making the Inaudible Audible, guest curated by Ross Birdwise.

The Surrey Art Gallery would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council for their continued support of our programs.

Surrey Art Gallery

604-501-5566 | www.surrey.ca/arts
13750 – 88 Avenue, 1 block east of King George Blvd, in Bear Creek Park

Admission to exhibitions is by donation.

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