New exhibit comes to Surrey

Surrey Art Gallery is getting domestic for spring.

The gallery’s new show, Dwelling, combines three exhibitions that examine notions of house and home from a 21st century perspective.

Room, a video exhibition by Toronto-based artist Yam Lau (April 2 – June 4), will join Sitely Premises, an exhibit detailing the re-use of single family homes as sites for art production, and Domestic Lives: Works from the Permanent Collection (both April 9 to June 12).

Lau, who has exhibited widely across Canada, the U.S., Europe and China, uses painting, animation and digital video to explore new expressions and qualities of time, space and the image.

Sitely Premises, curated by Jordan Strom, looks at the way the exteriors of traditional single-family homes have become a canvas for production and exhibition for artists on Canada’s West Coast.

Curated by Brian Foreman, Domestic Lives takes works in many media from the gallery’s permanent collection to illustrate the intimate, artistic, social and sometimes eccentric relationships people have with their homes.

Included are works by Doug Biden, Judy Chartrand, Barbara Cole, Al Colton, Susan Edelstein, Lorraine Gilbert, Tod Greenaway, Connie MacLaren, Alex Morrison, David Ostrem, Barbara Pratezina, Susan Schuppli and Sandra Semchuk.

Among events planned around the show are a talk by Lau (April 9, 2-5 p.m.); a curator’s tour with Strom and Foreman (April 21, 7:30-9 p.m.); a related talk, Representing Domesticities, by Kathy Mezei (June 2, 7:30-9 p.m.); and a family day (June 12, noon to 4 p.m.).

Surrey Art Gallery is located at 13750 88 Ave.

For more information, call 604-501-5566, or visit www.surrey.ca/arts