Surrey Art Gallery’s spring show draws on the history of science fiction film, 3D animation, documentary photography and literature.
Shown on multiple screens, Mark Soo’s video artwork “Twilight on the Edge of Town” creates “an immersive choreography” of holographic images that depict “objects and events of the seemingly everyday, where surreal log jams and raindrops mingle with flickering streetlights and backyard scenes,” an event advisory says.
“An ambient soundtrack includes the voices of a child and adult simultaneously narrating the images, one in a speculation on the future and the other in a recollection of the past.”
“Twilight on the Edge of Town” will be shown at SAG from April 17 to June 6.
“I’ve tried to make a work that speaks to a complicated relationship to where we are, and of how we perceive that in terms of time and the relation to space,” says Soo, who splits his time between Vancouver and Berlin.
SAG curator Jordan Strom says Soo’s “large-scale environment is a compelling meditation on the nature of individual and collective memory.”
The Toronto-based Lau offers a look inside a traditional Chinese courtyard house in his video installation, “a meditation on home, friendship, and the persistence of time. In Lau’s animation, a post on surrey.ca explains, “the house rotates, while on each side of it, footage of the artist visiting his friend appears. The viewer appears to be looking in from the outside. We see the house and its activities from multiple angles as space and time expand and contract.”
In Whalley, pm SAG’s UrbanScreen until May 2, the Flavourcel collective presents “I Spy a City,” a series of animations that capture different sights in Surrey.