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Nature and manufactured materials collide at the Burnaby Art Gallery

Though effects of climate change can sometimes feel distant, the newest exhibition at the Burnaby Art Gallery will force visitors to confront how industry reshapes our natural environment.

Looking Through a Hole in the Earth is Genevieve Robertson’s first solo exhibition at a Canadian art museum. An interdisciplinary artist with a background in environmental studies and resource labour, Robertson works with found materials, linking biology, geology and environmental studies with contemporary drawing.

"It’s been four years now since I've been working with found (and sometimes gifted) materials as the basis of my drawing practice — silt, seawater, crude bitumen, found coal, forest-fire derived charcoal, found graphite, lichen, calcium carbonate, algae and plant dyes,” said Robertson. “This work has also been a lens to explore ecological grief, long cycles of life and death through the use of primordial geologic materials and the entanglement of human and more-than-human beings in a time of climate crisis and mass extinction."

Looking Through a Hole in the Earth presents three series of Robertson’s recent explorations: works on paper composed with bitumen and seawater; forest-derived charcoal, coal and graphite; and algae and calcium carbonate. The exhibition runs from February 7 to March 22 at the Burnaby Art Gallery, with a chance to dive deeper into the material at a number of free events.

The Burnaby Art Gallery will host an opening reception on February 6, from 7 to 9pm. Robertson will host an artist talk at the gallery on February 9, starting at 2pm.

Robertson’s work will inform the theme of two In the BAG Family Sundays, on February 16 and March 8. Explore the exhibition and then take on family friendly art projects in the gallery studio space. The 90-minute workshops begin at 1pm., with the final session starting at 3:30pm.

Learn more: Genevieve Robertson: Looking Through a Hole in the Earth 

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