Current Exhibition & Events

of many worlds in this world
Exhibition: May 4 - June 8, 2023
Reception: Thursday, May 4 from 5-7PM

Curated by Ashar Mobeen, PhD candidate
Soheila Esfahani, Jessica Karuhanga and Sheri Nault

Mobeen writes: “of many worlds in this world showcases a selection of works by Soheila Esfahani, Jessica Karuhanga, and Sheri Nault that address issues of race, gender, sexuality, and diaspora whilst pushing the limits of what art is and can be. The established and dynamic poetics of the show encourages viewers to respond and/or attend to their local surroundings, personal or national histories, and, most crucially, other people. Given the discursive nature of the subjects, this exhibition does not claim to be comprehensive, but rather acts as a platform for the emergence of a revisionary moment where the audience can engage in intergenerational dialogue and come together to displace the imagined histories that shape our world.”

of many worlds in this world | artLAB GalleryDocumentation by Dickson Bou

Early & Recent Works (1989–2023)
Cohen Commons
Exhibition: May 4 - July 6, 2023
Reception: Thursday, May 4 from 5-7PM

Patrick Mahon

“Have I always experienced the world as a precarious place? No, I could not say that I have. As someone fortunate to grow up amidst relative prosperity, emotional security, and as a white person, much of my life (especially at its earliest stages) has been exceedingly safe. It was not marked by the daily uncertainty that so many humans were experiencing in the world of the mid-twentieth century when I was born, and that so many experience today.

The works in this exhibition, some of which were made 35 years ago and others completed last month, may nonetheless suggest that I have continually been attuned to flux and uncertainty. As an artist I have indeed been preoccupied with things in states of suspension or passage ––threshold moments.

The large format print media works here, Private Language: Without Tongues II, and Private Language #3, from 1989, were made just as I entered a graduate MFA program at UBC. Preoccupied with gender (questions about masculinity, specifically) they now cause me to think that they were of their time and may still be resonant. Certain other works not represented in this exhibition, Baker Lake House (2010), and the Voyager series (2013-14), were influenced by my awareness of the transitory state of the environment, and the process whereby colonization and decolonization are happening simultaneously in our time. Included in the exhibition is the pair, Alonsa Quiet I & II (2019), they are hand-cut and stained images on mat board, based on photographs of the consequences of a tornado. In them, violence gives over to silence, recalling a moment of anticipation yet depicting an aftermath. The most recent works here, produced in 2022 and 2023, are collectively titled Thresholder. They are drawings made with pearlescent watercolours and transfer pigments that bring together abstract forms to depict ‘heads’ and ‘figures,’ referring to humans. Verging on being unrecognizable, they exist at a threshold between becoming and undoing.”

Thresholder Early & Recent Works (1989–2023) | Cohen CommonsDocumentation by Dickson Bou