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Upcoming exhibition
Shapeshifting: Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley
Fazakas Gallery Vancouver, BC
Exhibition dates: April 27 – May 27, 2017.
Opening reception April 27, 5-8, pm

Shapeshifting is the second collaboration of Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley which brings together two unique artists who share a passion for celebrating new ideas, works, and concepts about art. This collaborative effort is an aesthetic response to the relationships and exchanges between native and non-native communities, and how these relationships are healing and flourishing through reconciliation agendas.

Shapeshifting builds on these artists’ history of creative fusion they initiated in their two-person exhibition Ravenous (2014), which used personal identities, humour, and storytelling to engage and remind viewers that art is alive, influenced and constantly changing.

For this exhibition, Cook and Yardley drew inspiration from traditional Kawkwaka’wakw First Nation origin stories and cosmology, creating a visual dialogue between the artists’ own unique concepts about creation and space-time to describe an interest in the ongoing investigation into the animation of the human existence.

The concept of “shape-shifting” includes allegories for understanding adaption, the role of balance, and the necessity of bringing traditional forms of northwest coast design to the forefront of contemporary art. The result of their collaboration is an energetic body of work that poetically exhibits the tension and synchronicity inherent in creation of entirely new visual and material forms.

The works extend beyond simplistic expressions of hybridity whereby histories or visuality are sutured in material form. Rather they are the products of deep deconstruction by the artists of assumed knowledge of both western and indigenous art histories, spiritualities, and experiences. The body of work brings a new line to bear on the role contemporary art plays in intercultural dialogues of cultural histories and shared futures.

Full Moon tonight! Moon Mask, oil and acrylic on panel, 36" diameter, 2017 by Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley upcoming exhibition Shapeshifting Fazakas Gallery Vancouver, BC April 27 - May 27, 2017. Opening reception April 27 5-8, pm @fazakasgallery @ola_randelini @carollyneyardley #randecook #carollyneyardley #carollyne #shapeshifting #moonmask #moon #canadianart #curator #nycart #arttoronto #seattleart #yyj #northwestcoast #northwestcoastmask #collaboration

Full Moon tonight! Moon Mask, oil and acrylic on panel, 36″ diameter, 2017 by Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley upcoming exhibition Shapeshifting Fazakas Gallery Vancouver, BC April 27 – May 27, 2017. Opening reception April 27 5-8, pm @fazakasgallery @ola_randelini @carollyneyardley #randecook #carollyneyardley #carollyne #shapeshifting #moonmask #moon #canadianart #curator #nycart #arttoronto #seattleart #yyj #northwestcoast #northwestcoastmask #collaboration

 

Rande Cook, Boy in the Sky, 2017, Red cedar, acrylic, abalone shell

Rande Cook, Boy in the Sky, 2017, Red cedar, acrylic, abalone shell

 

Sun Mask, 48" x 48", oil and acrylic on panel, 2017 by Carollyne Yardley and Rande Cook (collaboration)

Sun Mask, 48″ x 48″, oil and acrylic on panel, 2017 by Carollyne Yardley and Rande Cook (collaboration)

 

Corvus, 48" diameter, oil on panel, 2017

Corvus, 48″ diameter, oil on panel, 2017

 

Sun Squirrel 2, oil on panel, 40" x 24", 2016 #squirrealism #carollyne #carollyneyardley #sun #squirrel @fazakasgallery #vancouverisawesome #canadianart #vancitybuzz

Sun Squirrel 2, oil on panel, 40″ x 24″, 2016 #squirrealism #carollyne #carollyneyardley #sun #squirrel @fazakasgallery #vancouverisawesome #canadianart #vancitybuzz

Sisiutl, Rande Cook, and Carollyne Yardley, Red cedar, horsehair, acrylic and oil paint, abalone shell, 5' x 2

Sisiutl, Rande Cook, and Carollyne Yardley, Red cedar, horsehair, acrylic and oil paint, abalone shell, 5′ x 2

Acrylic on canvas 36” x 48” 2017 by Rande Cook

My Tree of Life, Acrylic on canvas 36” x 48” 2017 by Rande Cook

Shapeshifting, 36" x 48", oil on panel, 2017 by Carollyne Yardley and Rande Cook (collaboration)

Shapeshifting, 36″ x 48″, oil on panel, 2016 by Carollyne Yardley and Rande Cook (collaboration)

 

Collaboration (right view) Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley, Cedar, acrylic, oil, human hair, silver, 9.5” x 6” x 4.5”

Collaboration (right view) Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley, Cedar, acrylic, oil, human hair, silver, 9.5” x 6” x 4.5”

Collaboration, Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley, Cedar, acrylic, oil, horse hair, silver, 9.5” x 6” x 4.5” Photo credit: Terry Zlot

Collaboration, Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley, Cedar, acrylic, oil, horse hair, silver, 9.5” x 6” x 4.5” Photo credit: Terry Zlot

Collaboration (left view) Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley, Cedar, acrylic, oil, human hair, silver, 9.5” x 6” x 4.5”

Collaboration (left view) Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley, Cedar, acrylic, oil, human hair, silver, 9.5” x 6” x 4.5”

 

Collaboration Planning Document, 2017, Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley, Crayon on paper, 36” x 28”

Collaboration Planning Document, 2017, Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley, Crayon on paper, 36” x 28”

Collaboration Dinner Drawing, 2017, Rande Cook, Carollyne Yardley, and Noah Becker, Crayon and pen on paper, 36” x 28”, $3,400 framed.

Collaboration Dinner Drawing, 2017, Rande Cook, Carollyne Yardley, and Noah Becker, Crayon and pen on paper, 36” x 28”

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688 East Hastings Street

Vancouver, BC
(604) 876-2729

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