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Genevieve Robertson: Looking Through a Hole in the Earth

Exhibition Dates:

February 7-March 22, 2020
Opening Reception: February 6, 7-9 pm
Artist Talk: February 9, 2pm

Genevieve Robertson

Image Credit: Genevieve Robertson, 'Sandal' (detail), 2017, bitumen, coal, seawater and gouache on paper, 76.2 x 55.8 cm, Collection of the artist, Photo: Blaine Campbell.

Over the past four years, Genevieve Robertson has developed a studio practice that involves extensive physical and material exploration, engaging with the complexities of our relations to land and water in a time of large-scale industrial exploitation and climate precarity. Drawing with found materials, her work links biology, geology and environmental studies with contemporary drawing. Looking Through a Hole in the Earth presents three series of recent explorations: works on paper composed with bitumen and seawater; forest-derived charcoal and graphite; and blue-green algae and calcium carbonate. Robertson’s practice of drawing and painting with found materials - whether harvested, collected or dug up from the ground - is a way of implicating herself directly in the process of landscape representation, and of learning about the entanglement of non-human lifeforms and geologic landforms that coexist in our biosphere.  

Genevieve Robertson is an interdisciplinary artist with a background in environmental studies and resource labour. She holds an MFA from Emily Carr University (2016) and a BFA from NSCAD University (2009). Her work has been exhibited at numerous institutions such as the Libby Leshgold Gallery (Vancouver), Or Gallery (Vancouver), the Nanaimo Art Gallery, Touchstones Museum (Nelson), Walter Philips Gallery (Banff), and Access Gallery (Vancouver). This is her first solo exhibition at a Canadian art museum, and will be accompanied by a publication.  

Public Programs

The following programs are free and everyone is welcome to attend. 

Opening Reception: 

Thursday, February 6, 7-9pm

Bring a friend and mingle over refreshments while learning more about the artist and the works featured in the exhibition. Beer generously sponsored by Steamworks Brewing.

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Artist Talk: 

Sunday, February 9, 2pm

Join artist Genevieve Robertson for a walk through her solo exhibition Looking Through a Hole in the Earth.

In the BAG Family Sundays

February 16, 1-4pm (Theme: Site as Source)
March 8, 1-4pm (Theme: Process through Place)

Come and make art! Get your minds humming with a visit to the gallery and then into the studio for family-friendly art projects. A different project is featured each month. Each program begins on the hour and half-hour mark with the last program at 3:30pm. Sponsored by ABC Recycling. 

Registered Programs

Art Under Foot 

Saturdays, February 22-March 14
Programs available for ages 4-6, 6-9 and 16 years and up. Times and prices vary 
Children registration » | Adult registration »

Join one of our three Art Under Foot workshops available for children, teens and adults! Water, oil, wind, silt, flora, fauna and minerals inspire the works of Genevieve Robertson. Exploring plants, animals, rocks, water and more, participants create art inspired by our natural world.