The first FUSE of the year had a decidedly different feel from its fall predecessor. It was a busy night for the Vancouver Art Gallery, with attendance at a high, especially during the performances from PuSH International Performing Arts Festival artists, who turned all corners of the gallery into their stages for performance art. The collections on display included Unscrolled, which features the work of three generations of Chinese artists, with the likes of Ji Yun Fei, Sun Xun, and Zhang Enli adding to the eclectic mix of western and traditionally trained artists.
The night also centred around a selection from Landon Mackenzie’s Wood Chopper and the Monkey. Landon is a Vancouver based painter who’s been creating large scale paintings for the better part of thirty years. His Wood Chopper was used as metaphor, juxtaposed beside the gallery’s longstanding Emily Carr collection. The art on hand was more subdued in colour palette and there were large scale installation pieces and black and white was a consistent theme throughout the night.
Each FUSE night is distinctive in its incorporation of connectivity to the art. There’s always a few elements, that make the whole experience of FUSE more interactive. This time, large geometric domes, called experience spheres were the centre of attention. The spheres were put into place by the PuSH festival and created by Tangible Interaction. If you were brave enough to stick your head into the black dome, there were a number of lights which flashed different colours in quick succession, creating an optical illusion. It’s small concepts like these pieces which lend to the bigger notion of being involved in the art.
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The Vancouver Art Gallery will be showing a collection of Cezanne, beginning February 13th. The next FUSE night is scheduled for April 24th.