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Cosmos: Gathie Falk, Margaret Nazon and Erik Olson
September 29, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm MDT
Cosmos: Gathie Falk, Margaret Nazon and Erik Olson features paintings and hand-beaded pictures by three contemporary Canadian artists. Each artist has made the cosmos – its planets, stars, galaxies, nebulae and moons – a theme of their artistic practice. It is an unusual subject in Canadian art and one each artist has engaged with differently.
Inspired by the images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, Gwich’in artist Margaret Nazon has created a beaded universe. Much further south on Canada’s west coast, veteran Vancouver artist Gathie Falk has painted her skyward contemplations, while Calgary-born artist Erik Olson, based in Düsseldorf, Germany, has created bold, highly-textured portraits of the planets of our solar system.
Paired with the artworks, Retired Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk broadens and enriches the scope of the Cosmos exhibition with his commentary.