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Keith Langergraber: Betrayal at Babylon

Langergraber 700x350Keith Langergraber: Betrayal at Babylon
September 9-October 23, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 8, 7-9pm - ARTIST IN ATTENDANCE

Keith Langergraber’s new body of work explores the subculture of meteorite hunters, following a motley group of prospectors across a surreal landscape. Focusing upon the intricacies of language, the story integrates and gradually distorts the folklore of treasure hunters and prospectors through a search that eventually brings them to the base of the Tower of Babel. Langergraber’s work looks at language, exposing it as a process rather than a constant. By problematizing the nature of fictional narrative, and the role and function of language, a sanctioned “Babel” emerges through the underlying metonymic use of myth, challenging our faith in language as a valid source of knowledge, and serving as a meditation on impermanence.

Keith Langergraber is a mid-career artist living and working in Vancouver. He received his BFA from the University of Victoria and his MFA from the University of British Columbia. He has exhibited extensively in solo and group shows in galleries in Canada, the United States and Asia since 1995. He has received many grants and awards for his work including having been nominated for the Sobey Award in 2009. He teaches at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Artist Talk + Film Screening
Saturday, September 10, 2pm  |  drop-in - FREE
Be immersed in the surreal environment created by Keith Langergraber's mixed media show.

Art Tour Tuesday - NEW PROGRAM!
Tuesday, September 20, 12:15pm  |  drop-in - $5
Bring your lunch, enjoy a tour by gallery staff and enjoy tea and treats. 
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Tour & Tea - NEW PROGRAM!
Tuesday, September 20, 2pm  |  drop-in - $7:50, 55+
Tour the exhibition and enjoy tea, treats and talk. Groups welcome. 
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One Place, Many Names
Sunday, September 25, 2pm  |  drop-in - FREE
Assistant Curator Jennifer Cane is joined by Keith Langergraber, John Lyon and Carl Alexander to discuss perspectives on First Nation language and place-making in the artist's work.

Culture Days Guided Tour
Sunday, October 2, 2pm  |  drop-in - FREE
Tour the exhibition with knowledgeable gallery staff to uncover more about Langergraber's surreal western/science fiction environment.

In the BAG: Family Sundays
Sundays, 1-4pm, drop-in - FREE
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September 11 - Drawing Spaces
October 9 - Mapping Terrains

Image Credit: Keith Langergraber, Library of Babel (detail), 2016, mixed media on paper, 6’ x 8’, photograph: Yuri Akuney