"Life, Still is developed around conversations of in-between spaces and how they are shaped and formed by what surrounds them including their hopes, anxieties, and responses to threats of impending impermanence. This exhibition through selections of works examines this conjecture of commercial, domestic, psychic, and physical spaces. It also plays into the role of objects and artworks in establishing or obscuring these boundaries. As inhabitants of these spaces, distinctions between both human and object become less defined; each encapsulates and evokes a distinctive sense of time and memory. As we seek meaning through our environments and the spaces we belong, the stillness of life encompassed by these objects become a mirror for constant reflection. Life, Still is a proposition to embrace ambiguity with familiarity to greet uncertainty with comfort. It is to find home in the temporal currents and the things caught up within them."
Zhao's interests heavily lies in a visual narrative seeking to capture fleeting moments of feelings when embracing painting’s ability to flatten time and space into a still image. Having been fascinated by theater arts and shadows her work becomes her space to contemplate and reflect on stories that are sometimes untold and unheard. This is visually brought into parallel with shadows which are often being left behind by our sight. The recurring theme in the work often revolves around theatrical performances, fables, memories and the mundane objects. Lyrical and playful, the multi-layered paint on the canvas act as a staged playground where the narrative takes place in a timeless space. The painting process enables an intimate choreography between the physical and pictorial space to compose a dream like landscape, balanced on the edge of reality, just like the way the mind wanders.
Minijumbo is a series of ongoing projects by Lindsey and Logan Kenler produced collaboratively and or in dialogue. These works are informed by questions of function, an appreciation of sculptural objects, playfulness, and craft-based approaches. Minijumbo is currently based in Vancouver, BC.