Emergent opening this weekend at art gallery

Surrey Art Gallery exhibit features trio of contemporary artists.

Surrey Art Gallery’s new group exhibition Emergent showcases the work of three artists from an emerging wave of Surrey-based artists who are engaging in Metro Vancouver’s dynamic contemporary visual art scene from its fringes.

Patrick Cruz, A.S. Dhillon, and Debbie Tuepah’s artworks span a variety of influences including advertising, early computer graphics, optical art, and landscape painting.

Emergent launches on June 23 with an opening reception from 2-4 p.m., and continues to Aug. 18.

As adept experimenters with diverse materials, Cruz, Dhillon, and Tuepah make artwork that falls somewhere in the liminal gap between painting and sculpture.

Tuepah’s large-scale installations of suspended paint-dipped fibre strands present pulsing environments inspired by information graphics.

Dhillon’s signboard sculptures temporarily installed in public locations become subject matter for his exacting paintings that raise questions about Canada’s record on human rights and the uses of public space.

Long ago-abandoned computer graphics and digital animation programs inspire Cruz’s folk-electronic investigations on the limits of painting.

Surrey Art Gallery is located at 13750 88 Ave. Phone 604-501-5566 or visit www.surrey.ca/arts