Arts & Culture

New art in repurposed building

By Lorraine Graves

Published 11:21 PDT, Wed May 10, 2017

Last Updated: 2:12 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021

The Vancouver Lipont Art Centre, open to the public without charge, recycles and reuses a building to its fullest extent. Who would have thought a former Richmond Acura dealership would lend itself so well to becoming a happening commercial gallery? The sweeping windows, tall ceilings of the great room, and myriad of more intimate spaces seem perfect for this gallery.

Saturday, May 8 was Lipont Place’s latest opening featuring a number of artists working in varied media. The show, entitled Generation One Exhibition: Art by First-Generation Asian-Canadian Artists, runs until June 4 and is open from 9 am until 5 pm.

One example of the artistry and expertise on display and for sale at the Lipont Centre isXiao Feng’s delicate work. With lines as fine as hairs, he depicts images that not only evoke nature but the powerful feelings nature calls up in each viewer. Once a journalist, Feng, now exhibits his art around the world. His work hangs in many private and public collections and was also used in theLacoste Man’s Polo Sculpture Launch at the Musee Des Arts et Metiers in Paris.

While Niel McLaren has a day job working on computer programs for the world of commerce, his art blends his love of flock theory and computers with artistry. Flock theory looks at groups of birds in flight, swooping together, seemingly without communication.Anyone who has herded children has an idea of how challenging a concept that is.

In McLaren’s computer-based art, each colour represents a separate group of birds. Each time a viewer touches the screen, they create a new virtual bird that is trying to get back to its flock as quickly and directly as possible without hitting another bird. While it may sound cumbersome, the result is a ballet of lines, swooping around and past each other, coalescing into flowing groups of individual colours

Another artist working in traditional mixed media is Tony Yin Tak Chu. His images, haunting and evocative, call out to the viewer, offering feelings and remembrances as much as images and sights.

While born and raised in Hong Kong, Chu has long been an integral part of the Richmond art scene both as an artist and as a volunteer at the Richmond Art Gallery since he immigrated to Canada in 1996.

These three artists are just a taste of what Lipont has to offer. Coming up for two consecutive Saturdays at 2 pm, Saturday May 13th, 2017 and Saturday May 20th, 2017 Lipont will offer a demonstration and pop-up shop of Indonesian batik. This vibrant gallery in a newly-repurposed building offers much to the curious and the art-lover alike and all for free.

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