Ash Tanasiychuk photos
From the event’s write up:
I’m sitting under a tree in the shade, sorting through piles of maps. Some I’ve found here; some I’ve brought with me. They’re rectangles mostly, a few folded, others spread out- the creases adding to the flattened landscape. They are floating and stacked, underneath and on top.
“Put them aside and choose a path- just decide on a route. I know it’s hard; there are too many choices, too many maps.”
This one could bring us treasure, that one doom. We may land in the water with that one, or locked up with this. I see dotted lines, markings and notes. Previous keepers of the maps must have left these for me.
It’s all here. All options are included on these rectangles. Paintings made of other paintings, sections dug up, carried away from the dig site, and finally, put back down.
Are we still on Peach Beach? How should we use these maps? To explore deep inland? Maybe we should use them to get off the island.
I can’t sit still under the tree. There are many paths for these familiar traveling thoughts. Looking for grids and things to hold on to.
Russell Leng is a Canadian artist based in Vancouver, Canada.
He received an MFA in Contemporary Art Practice from Edinburgh College of Art in 2013, and a BA from Trinity Western University in 2009. His work has been collected and exhibited at galleries worldwide including Beers.Lambert (London), FFDG (San Francisco), Hungryman Gallery (San Francisco and Chicago), Fleming Collection (London), Embassy Gallery (Edinburgh), Avalanche! Institute of Contemporary Art (Calgary). He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Andrew Grant Bequest, Surrey Art Gallery Painting Prize, and was nominated for Paint Like You Mean It Painting Prize, and Bloomberg New Contemporaries. His work has been featured and reviewed in numerous publications including Hunted Projects, Canadian Art Magazine, and Vice Magazine.
Opening June 4th, 7:00–10:00PM
Exhibition June 4th—July 4th, 2015
FIELD Contemporary is located at 17 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC.
and by appointment
Founder of VANDOCUMENT. Photographer, illustrator, lover and supporter of arts & culture.