Exhibitions

The Michael Wright Art Gallery (MWAG) and Outlet Gallery feature a rotating program of exhibitions by local and regional artists.

Join us at the Michael Wright Art Gallery and Outlet Gallery in Leigh Square for On View from a Distance by Chun Ping (Claire) Huang and Capturing a Wave by Kaitlyn Beugh. In person exhibition viewings are now available by appointment, please see the details below for more information.

On View from a Distance / Chun Ping (Claire) Huang

The Michael Wright Art Gallery presents On View from a Distance by Chun Ping (Claire) Huang. Drawing inspiration from architecture, Huang’s work is inspired by the intertwined relationship between physical space and people with a contemporary pictorial language. Her work challenges the viewer by presenting what could be, rather than what is actually seen; the subject and background often blur and melt into each other, injecting a sense of mystery into the paintings.

VIRTUAL ARTIST TALK

Click here to watch an inspiring virtual artist talk with Claire where she walks us through a visual tour of her art practice and exhibition.

Chun Ping (Claire) Huang Artist Interview

1. Tell us a bit about yourself, what is your background, and how did you begin your professional practice?

I was born in Shanghai, China, and moved to Vancouver with my husband in 1999. As a professional designer, I had a background in architectural design back in Shanghai, but I’ve always had a deep interest in arts, especially painting. After I settled down in Vancouver, I attended Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design and graduated with a BFA in 2005. After working for a local architectural design firm for a few years in Vancouver, and then switching to the role of a young mother, it was time for me to pursue what I’ve desired to do for a long time, painting. I started to rent a shared studio space with a group of artists on the east side of Vancouver three years ago and did a number of paintings there. All of the paintings in this exhibition are part of the works I finished in the Portside Studio. This is my third solo exhibition since I started painting again.

2. What subject matter do you work with and why?

Obviously, architecture is the main inspiration for my work. The idea of a place is more of a portrait to me; an indication of the human condition, social status, and the interwind the relationship between space and people.

3. How does the idea of community relate to your practice?

This has to do with where the culture and root will be. I believe the cultural or historical context behind an artwork is fascinating to look at it from time to time. In order to know where we’re going, we need to understand where we’ve come from and be critically mindful of the present moment. In terms of my practice of the idea of community, my early work City of Glass series are likely related to it.

4. What is your dream project?

After Covid-19 I’ll definitely travel back to Spain or France to paint a bunch.

5. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given as an artist?

Work, work, and work. Frustration is a part of the work. Eventually, it’s your work that speaks for you.

6. Name three artists who’ve inspired you.

There’re so many names in my mind. The most three artists are probably Gerhard Richter, Chinese painter Mu Xin, and Franco-Chinese artist Chu The-Chun.

7. How has COVID-19 impacted your professional practice?

Living in solitude is part of the artist’s life. In fact, Covid-19 brings less distraction to my art practice, and I found I can devote more time to my work.

Capturing a Wave / Kaitlyn Beugh

The Outlet Gallery presents Capturing a Wave by Kaitlyn Beugh. This collection of works plays on ideas of the land politics of the foreshore, relating the impact of waves on paper to the human impact on the ocean. The images depicted on each work are created when a drop of ink on paper meet a wave. It is then dried on the foreshore.

VIRTUAL ARTIST TALK

Click here to watch an inspiring virtual artist talk with Kaitlyn where she walks us through a visual tour of her art practice and exhibition.

Kaitlyn Beugh Artist Interview

1. Tell us a bit about yourself, what is your background, and how did you begin your professional practice?

My background is quite interdisciplinary. It took me nearly 10 years to finish my arts degree – I took a number of breaks to take care of myself and expand my practice outside of the institution. My work has always been connected to nature in certain ways. For a long time, I made landscape paintings of sites I visited, incorporating my connection to them into the painting. I primarily used acrylic paints.

I went back to school to study painting at Emily Carr University in 2015 with the intention of finishing my degree. Soon after I was drawn to seek ways of eliminating chemicals and plastic from my life. I began to feel a disconnect to the work I was creating in the studio and using paints derived from plastic materials to do so. I felt blocked creatively. I started to spend more time outside in nature to recalibrate – particularly at the beach – my favourite place to be.

One day, in the fall of 2016, I was sitting at the beach and I wondered what the ocean would paint. I had some ink and paper with me. I knelt in front of the waves, and splashed the ink on the paper, and let a wave wash over it, creating an interesting image. I continued this practice, visiting the ocean often. One day, I came across some charcoal from a beach fire. I took it back to my studio and made a sort of ink out of it.  I have been experimenting with this process ever since, refining it and playing around with the intricacies.

2. What subject matter do you work with and why?

I work with natural forces to capture the impact they create in gentle ways, using a variety of natural and artist-grade materials. It is important to me that the materials I use are connected to the land I am creating on. I do this to feel connected to nature, and because of the feeling of calm and curiosity, it inspires in me.

3. How does the idea of community relate to your practice?

Community is interwoven into what I do. To me, community is about a sense of belonging. Getting to know the land I am on, the beings who surround me, and how I am connected to it all is part of my process in building collaboration and bringing a sense of belonging to my arts practice.

4. What is your dream project?

A dream of mine is to create large-scale works with large powerful waves, like in the Clayoquot Sound, or a tropical place like Hawaii. There are challenges that come with working large scale in this way, and this is something I would love to explore more in-depth.

5. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given as an artist?

Take your time. Relax and let inspiration find you.

6. Name three artists who’ve inspired you.

Rita Wong, Julie Andreyev, Michael Drebert

7. How has COVID-19 impacted your professional practice?

I have felt so much gratitude for living where I do. It has reminded me of the great privilege I have to be able to go outside into nature and to connect more deeply with the natural spaces that surround me. I had plans to visit the Clayoquot Sound to create large scale wave imprints, which was postponed due to the uncertainties at the time. For a few months, I didn’t feel comfortable traveling outside of my neighbourhood to make art, which gave me the opportunity to find space and experiment with ways of collaborating with nature in urban spaces.

Exhibition Viewings by Appointment

Exhibition viewings are now available by appointment. Contact tracing and COVID-19 screening are required prior to entry. Facial coverings are encouraged. For general inquiries please contact arts@portcoquitlam.ca

November Dates
2020-11-12 11:00am #46560 Click Here to Register 
2020-11-12 1:00pm #46561 Click Here to Register
2020-11-12 3:00pm #46562 Click Here to Register
2020-11-12 5:00pm #46563 Click Here to Register
2020-11-19 11:00am #46565 Click Here to Register 
2020-11-19 1:00pm #46566 Click Here to Register
2020-11-19 3:00pm #46567 Click Here to Register
2020-11-19 5:00pm #46568 Click Here to Register
2020-11-19 6:15pm #46569 Click Here to Register
2020-11-26 11:00am #46570 Click Here to Register 
2020-11-26 1:00pm #46571 Click Here to Register
2020-11-26 3:00pm #46572 Click Here to Register
2020-11-26 5:00pm #46573 Click Here to Register
2020-11-26 6:15pm #46574 Click Here to Register
December Dates
2020-12-03 11:00am #46575 Click Here to Register 
2020-12-03 1:00pm #46576 Click Here to Register
2020-12-03 3:00pm #46577 Click Here to Register
2020-12-03 5:00pm #46578 Click Here to Register
2020-12-03 6:15pm #46579 Click Here to Register
2020-12-10 11:00am #46580 Click Here to Register 
2020-12-10 1:00pm #46581 Click Here to Register
2020-12-10 3:00pm #46582 Click Here to Register
2020-12-10 5:00pm #46583 Click Here to Register
2020-12-10 6:15pm #46584 Click Here to Register
2020-12-17 11:00am #46585 Click Here to Register 
2020-12-17 1:00pm #46586 Click Here to Register
2020-12-17 3:00pm #46587 Click Here to Register
2020-12-17 5:00pm #46588 Click Here to Register
2020-12-17 6:15pm #46589 Click Here to Register

Contact

Lesley Perrie 
Public Art & Engagement Specialist
Tel 604.927.8442
Email perriel@portcoquitlam.ca