By Kaelan Unrau
Julia Dault: Blame It on the Rain – Contemporary Art Gallery – May 1 to June 28
In her paintings and sculptures, the New York-based Julia Dault explores the relationship between freedom and restraint. Blame It on the Rain – a large-scale solo exhibition – combines rules, logic and compositional restrictions with a sense of spontaneity and improvisation.
Anti-Spectacle – Ayden Gallery – May 8 to 31 (Opening May 8, 7 p.m.)
The Ayden Gallery brings together some of Vancouver’s most exciting young artists – Jim Carrico, Jamie Bizness, Sai Win Myint Oo and Peter Ricq – for an asskicking, multidisciplinary extravaganza. Be sure to check out the opening night, which will feature the dulcet tones of Vancouver’s own The Passenger.
Heaven, Hell & Somewhere in Between: Portuguese Popular Art – Museum of Anthropology – May 12 to October 12
Between 2009 and 2012, UBC’s Museum of Anthropology amassed nearly 300 pieces of Portuguese folk art, ranging from murals to graffiti to puppets and beyond. With Heaven, Hell & Somewhere in Between: Portuguese Popular Art, Vancouverites will finally get a chance to experience these wild and inventive works firsthand.
Sean Orr: Tiny Cities – Fortune Project Space – May 14
When he’s not fronting Vancouver’s favourite quasi-punk band, NEEDS, Sean Orr is wont to express himself through the slightly less thunderous medium of photography. Coinciding with the release of a brand new NEEDS album, Orr will be exhibiting a series of photographs and drawings that chronicle the musician’s life on the road.
Art! Vancouver – Vancouver Convention Centre – May 21 to 24
A “world-class art event,” Art! Vancouver features a cosmopolitan roster of exceptional artists, from local legends to international stars. Whether you’re a collector or a connoisseur or just a casual fan, this four-day exhibition will have something to please your palette.
Geoffrey Farmer: How Do I Fit This Ghost In My Mouth? – Vancouver Art Gallery – May 30 to September 7
A BC native and Emily Carr grad, Geoffrey Farmer has thrilled audiences the world over with his illustrations, sculptures and video pieces. How Do I Fit This Ghost In My Mouth? collects 15 years’ worth of artworks and installations, revealing Farmer’s ongoing fascination with narrative, drama and archival history.BC, British Columbia, fine art