By Nicole Rutherford
Down at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, nestled between the classic works of national icon and local resident, Emily Carr, and historical works from the Chinese and Japanese portrait artists is Victoria’s newest contemporary art exhibition: Traces, which opened up on January 18th and runs through until April 21st . The gallery’s newest exhibition is a collaboration of three Canadian artists: Daniel Barrow, Alison Norlen, and Ed Pien, each of whom claim to specialize in drawing— though each has managed to rip the artistic genre wide open.
“Traces is an exhibition about contemporary drawing and the possibility and potential for what that can be.” Says the gallery’s curator, Nicole Stanbridge, who further goes on to describe how each of the artists push the boundaries of this definition.
“[These pieces show] that drawing is beyond an intimate sketch in a note book; it’s much bigger and more elaborate.”