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Keith Langergraber: The Professionals
Keith Langergraber, Carl Alexander and Jennifer Cane

theprofessionals.jpgspacerMerging historical and fictionalized narratives set in British Columbia and beyond, the artist investigates the complexity of human myth-making. Reinterpreting the biblical Tower of Babel as a western mine and ghost town, Langergraber demonstrates the limitations of language in conveying the scale of the environmental catastrophes that have occurred through human-driven exploits. Working with Carl Alexander, an elder from the Nxwísten (Bridge River) Indian Band in Lillooet who provides traditional St’át’imcets place names, the artist gives an account of the impact of industry - dams, forestry, mining and the railroad - in the region. A series of mixed media works on paper, scraps of handwritten journal entries, detailed drawings of fossils and relics, and maps of natural terrain and settlements illustrate the narrative. Published to accompany Keith Langergraber’s solo exhibition Betrayal at Babylon. Keith Langergraber is a mid-career artist living and working in Vancouver. He has exhibited extensively in solo and group shows in galleries in Canada, the United States and Asia since 1995 and currently teaches at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Burnaby Art Gallery (09/2016) 111 pp 53 col. ill. 6.25 x 9.25 in hardcover   9781927364222   $24.00 Can. $26.00 U.S.

Michiko Suzuki: Hope Chests
Kenji Ishikawa, Michiko Suzuki and Barbara Zeigler

hopechest.jpgspacerMichiko Suzuki’s large-scale immersive installation integrates photography, digital and traditional printmaking techniques, and intricate collage work to create intimate portraits chronicling the struggles of young women from different cultural backgrounds. Tents made out of white silk each bear a large, black-and-white photographic portrait of a teenage girl printed on the vertically divided fabric front, which resembles Japanese doorway curtains. Within each tent, which one enters alone and reverentially, almost as if entering a shrine, the artist has placed a kiri box, or hope chest that contains crafted items that speak to each subject’s hardships and dreams. Lovely and contemplative as the work first appears, the dark subtext posits that gender-based discrimination increases the vulnerability of women and girls in emergency, post-disaster, and post-conflict situations. Trained as a Master Printer in her native Japan, Suzuki graduated from the Musashino Art University to train and work at Print House/OM. She has exhibited internationally in Canada, Europe and South East Asia in group and solo exhibitions. She lives and works in Vancouver.

Burnaby Art Gallery (09/2016) 56 pp 28 col. ill. 5.75 x 7.75 in softcover   9781927364215   $9.95 Can. $10.95 U.S.

Saskia Jetten

Jennifer Cane

saskia.jpgspacerSaskia Jetten, a contemporary Dutch printmaker who has recently immigrated to Canada, works in a wide variety of media including graphite, woodcut, and stone lithography, as well as materials such as silks and ceramics. Her work touches on themes related to theatre, identity, and inter-personal relationships. Continually pushing the boundaries of printmaking, Jetten has exhibited widely in both Europe and Canada, and has received numerous prizes, most notably the ‘Grafiek Nu 10’ Dutch Printmaking Award. In 2012 she was the recipient of the Alain Piroir Studio Residency Prize in Montreal, Quebec, as well as the International Contemporary Print Biennale in Trois Rivieres, Quebec. 

Burnaby Art Gallery (05/2014) 16 pp 10 col. ill. 9 x 5.75 in softcover   9781927364093 $5.00 Can.  $6.00 U.S.

Shinsuke Minegishi: Fragility
Shinsuke Minegishi

fragility.jpgspacerShinsuke Minegishi is an artist-printmaker who excels in the process of creating wood engravings and original bookworks that weave personal and collective narratives with subtle, unique, complimentary and imaginative imagery. This publication documents, in both words and images, the artist’s personal reaction to the 2011 Japanese tsunami. A new series of works features a combination of techniques including watercolour, silkscreen and linocut and reflects upon the impact of such disasters on one’s own sense of being in the world. Born in Japan and educated in both Japanese and Canadian universities, Shinsuke Minegishi’s works can be found in National Bank of Canada and Sakima Art Museum. Text in both English and Japanese.

Burnaby Art Gallery (12/2013) 58 pp 32 ill (20 col.) 9 x 5.75 in softcover   9781927364079 $10.95 Can. $14.95 U.S.

The Gaze of History: Portraits from the Collection with Drawing Installation by Elizabeth MacKenzie

Darrin J. Martens

thegaze.gifspacerPublication featuring a site-specific drawing installation by Vancouver-based artist Elizabeth MacKenzie along with a selection of portrait drawings and other works on paper from the art gallery’s collection. The new work, representing former residents of the gallery when it was a private home, creates a dialogue between past and present.

Burnaby Art Gallery (03/2013) 16 pp 12 col. ill. 9.25 x 5.75 in softcover  978-1-927364-06-2  $5.00 Can. $7.00 U.S.

Lyndl Hall: On Fixing Position
Jennifer Cane and Lisa Roberston

lyndlhall.gifspacerHall’s reconfiguration of space - or ‘conceptual drawing’ - engages with latitude and longitude as invisible structuring lines, as well as the sextant, compass and sundial as interrelated tools that produce or engage with these lines and by which we orient ourselves. The whole forms a base standard for perception of space, time and movement that become the means to conquer, control and subdue open spaces and the bodies within these spaces.

Burnaby Art Gallery (03/2013) 24 pp 10 col. ill. 9.25 x 5.75 in softcover  978-1-927364-05-5  $5.00 Can. $7.00 U.S.

Micah Lexier: Working As a Drawing

Micah Lexier

+spacer.gifDrawn from the artist’s archive of 30 plus years of drawing, sketches, and concept plans, this publication is conceived as an installation and artist book project. Each of the hund reds of working drawings is executed on standard 8.5-by-11-inch paper, vertical in format, and identically mounted in thin white frames. The book documents a fascinating history, not only of Lexier’s career but also of the evolution of an aesthetic closely linked to conceptualism. 

Burnaby Art Gallery  (09/2012) 250 pp 250 ill. 8.5 x 6.5 in softcover  978-1-927364-04-8  $48.95 Can. $55.00 U.S.

Renée Van Halm: Cross-Cutting / Inside Out
Sophie Brodovitch and Rachelle Sawatsky
vanhalm.gifspacer.gifPublication documenting a mid-career retrospective of Van Halm's architecturally focused works on paper created between 1979 and 2011. Among Van Halm's architectural subjects are museums, galleries, apartment buildings, office buildings, and retail outlets from Tokyo to Madrid. Van Halm explores mid-century modernist architecture and interiors, critiquing the modernist credo that good design betters the everyday lives of people. Her renderings of modernist interiors reference Mies Van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto, Marcel Breuer, and Buckminster Fuller, and makes the viewer question if their work enhanced the lives of the many or the prestige of a few. Renée Van Halm lives and works in Vancouver.

Burnaby Art Gallery (03/12) 70 pp 58 col. ill. 9.5 x 7.5 in softcover  978-1-927364-00-0  $24.95 Can. $24.95 U.S. (20 euros)

The Solitudes of Place: Recent Drawings by Ann Kipling

Robin Laurence, Darrin J. Martens and Rosemarie L. Tovell
kipling.gifspacer.gifSince 1960, drawing has been the sole form of expression of British Columbia-based artist Ann Kipling. This publication chronicles one calendar year (2009) during which time Kipling produced 141 drawings, each magnificently illustrated here. While Kipling’s work is centered upon the outdoors, “landscape” is not a word that can be easily used to describe her work. Neither can it be viewed through the lens of the formal nationalist tradition that the landscape genre carries in Canada. Robin Laurence examines Kipling’s attentiveness to the environment that recalls Chinese landscape painting and calligraphy. Darrin Martens pursues the philosophical investigation with a call to look beyond representation to a process that embodies the very act of creation. Rosemarie Trovell explores Kipling’s practice as a draftsperson, situating it within the historical and aesthetic context of an often misunderstood discipline. Kipling's work can be found in numerous public collections across Canada including the National Gallery of Canada and The Vancouver Art Gallery.

Burnaby Art Gallery (09/2011) 144 pp 141 col. ill. 9.5 x 10.5 in hardcover  978-0-9809962-8-9  $52.95 Can. $59.95 U.S. (44 )

Davida Kidd : Who Needs Art When You Have a View Like This 
Sophie Brodovitch & Josephine Mills
davidakid.gifspacer.gifInspired by a billboard seen on Vancouver’s Cambie Street Bridge, Davida Kidd’s work engages in biting double entendres. Working in the realm of manipulated photography, she blurs the line between illusion and reality, cultivating the ambiguous zone wherein the subjects of her work become invented creatures. Through the use of constructed sets and staged subjects, she creates large-scale photographic images that use digital collage to combine multiple objects, images and views. The result conveys a sense of loss and displacement on both a personal and environmental level. Davida Kidd has exhibited at M.I.A.D Venado Tuerto (Argentina), the Digital Museum of the Americas (Florida) and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Her work is found in Banff Institute Permanent Collections, Guang Dong Art Museum, Guang Zhou (China), and Smallville Productions, Warner Brothers.

Burnaby Art Gallery (05/2011)  80 pp 30 col. ill  9 x 6 in hardcover  978-0-9809962-6-5   $21.95 Can. $24.95 U.S. (18 )

The Intertidal Zone: Prints by Doug Guildford
Darrin J. Martens

theinterdidal.gifspacer.gifOriginally trained as a graphic artist, Doug Guildford has maintained a practice rooted in drawing and traditional print making. The focus of this publication is etchings and serigraphs executed over the past decade that focus on his experiences and interactions with the North Atlantic coast. Guildford’s practice has evolved into a language of marks and symbols that, as he says, wanders suggestively between male and female and lays claim to the ambiguous terrain of the intertidal zone. Doug Guildfod has lived and worked in Toronto and Volger’s Cove, Nova Scotia, for over twenty-five years.

Burnaby Art Gallery (10/2010) 64 pp 22 col. ill. 9 x 6.5 in softcover  978-0-9809962-7-2   $24.95 Can. $27.95 U.S. (20 )

Our Changing Landscape: Perspectives on and Interpretations of British Columbia
Sophie Brodovitch & Jennifer Cane

changinglandscape.gifspacer.gifThe physical and conceptual landscape of British Columbia has changed dramatically over the past two centuries and artists have been at the forefront documenting and interpreting subtle and dramatic changes to its social and material landscapes. This profusely illustrated publication focuses on works created between 1858 and 1950 and chronicles the views and experiences of some of the country’s most accomplished artists. Through their sketches, drawings, watercolours and prints, a sense of the region with its urban and rural constituencies emerges and speaks to the uniqueness and sense of place that has since become known as British Columbia. Artists featured include Jack Shadbolt, Emily Carr, Jock Macdonald, A.Y. Jackson, B.C. Binning, Lawren Harris, Maxwell Bates, Toni Onley, Ann Kipling, Laurence Paul Yuxweluptun and Roy Arden.

Burnaby Art Gallery (08/2010) 96 pp 45 col. ill. 10 x 9 in softcover 978-0-9783892-9-1 $28.95 Can. $35.00 U.S. (24 )

Robert Young: Quotidian View

Darrin J. Martens & Roger Boulet
robertyoung.gifspacer.gifDedicated to the mediums of drawing, painting and print, Robert Young has created a body of work that has garnered critical attention and praise for over four decades - yet there has there has not been a dedicated exhibition of Young’s work since 1980. With drawings, watercolours and studies for paintings from 1981 to the present, this important monograph fills a gap in Canadian art history. Previously announced. Now available.

Burnaby Art Gallery (03/2010) 72 pp 20 col. ill. 9 x 7 in softcover 978-0-9809962-3-4 $24..95 Can. $27.95 U.S. (20 )

Gordon Smith: The Printed Pictures
Ian M. Thom & Rosemarie Tovell

As a practicing visual artist for nearly seven decades, Gordon Smith (b. 1919) has consistently explored the mediums of drawing, painting and printmaking in inventive and expressive ways. This sumptuously illustrated publication accompanies the first public exhibition dedicated to Smith’s prints. Essays by two of the country’s most renowned art historians discuss Smith’s practice both chronologically and formally, revealing the ingenuity of his works and the leadership role he has played in the development of this technique. Works by Gordon Smith can be found in numerous collections, including the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Modern Art. Ian M. Thom is Senior Curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Rosemarie Tovell is former Curator of Prints at the National Gallery of Canada.

Burnaby Art Gallery (12/2009) 144 pp 55 col. ill. 9.5 x 10.5 in hardcover 978-0-9809962-4-1 $52.95 Can. $57.95 U.S. (43 )

Aganetha Dyck : Collaborations

Robin Laurence & Darrin J. Martens

Aganetha Dyck’s long-standing artistic practice is marked by a profound interest in the environment. Here she explores the ramifications all living beings would experience should honeybees disappear from earth. Together with her collaborators - the bees themselves - Dyck has created a diverse body of new work, including works combining cloth, thread, acrylic, ink, and honeycomb as well as mountings of a Braille version of a poem by Di Brandt incorporating bee-made chew marks. Aganetha Dyck received the Governor Generals Award in Media and Visual art in 2007.

Burnaby Art Gallery (12/2009) 72 pp col. ill. 9 x 8 in softcover 978-0-9809962-0-3 $23.95 Can. $27.95 U.S. (20 )

Inuit Dolls of the Kivalliq

Darrin J. Martens

The women of the Nunavut, Canada’s new northern territory, have created dolls for centuries - each with their own technique and purpose. Since the creation of the autonomous territory, a resurgence in traditional arts and crafts has emerged. Dolls are no exception. They are utilized to relate oral stories and legends and to provide opportunities for intergenerational teaching of traditional sewing and beading. Illustrated with numerous full page plates, this publication provides a rare look at an important element of traditional Inuit culture. Previously announced. Now available.

Burnaby Art Gallery (03/2009) 48 pp 39 col. ill. 8 x 9 in softcover 978 -0-9783892-6 -0 $21.95 Can. $23.95 U.S. (17 )

Torrie Groening: A Maximalist for Dinner
Darrin J. Martens & Roger Boulet

To see, touch, smell, hear and taste. Each sense represents a subject for Torrie Groening's latest collection of digitally based artworks. Drawn from her own vast collection of props, treasures, prints and artist materials Groening creates unique trompe l'oeil visual images utilizing digitally manipulated collage elements to convey surreal environments reflective of her identity as an artist. Her practice involves drawing, printmaking, photography and collage. Groening has exhibited widely throughout the west coasts of both Canada and the United States.

Burnaby Art Gallery (09/2008) 48 pp col. ill. 8 x 8 in softcover 978-0-9783892-8-4 $21.95 Can. $24.95 U.S. ( 18 )

Ron Eckert
Darrin Martens

Ron Eckert has been a practicing visual artist for over four decades. A self described quiet and self contained artist, Eckert has explored extensively the mediums of painting and printmaking. Reflective of his upbringing and environment, Vancouver, he has sought to define and seek linkages to a variety of relationships: between himself and his environments and visual relationships between media and technology and how they manifest themselves throughout his work.

Burnaby Art Gallery (03/2008) 48 pp 26 col. Ill. 7 x 6 in softcover 978-0-9783892-5-3 $19.95 (16 )

J.C. Heywood: A Life in Layers
Geraldine Davis & Linda Beatty

Carl (J.C.) Heywood has been creating art for over 40 years and his devotion to printmaking has become a life's work. This important retrospective publication chronicles Heywood's evolution as a Canadian visual artist who has chosen to express himself by making art on paper. His prints, whether they are executed through the processes associated with etching, lithography, screen or digital means, provide an opportunity for discourse in relation to their origin and the process in which the artist has chosen to execute his work.

Burnaby Art Gallery (01/2008) 128 pp 76 col. ill. 9 x 8 in softcover 978-0-9783892-4-6 $32.95 (26 )

Jude Griebel: A Cast of Shadows
Darrin J. Martens & Rory Wallace

This first monograph presents a collection of intaglio prints spanning the past seven years and forming the foundation of Griebel's young career as a visual artist. The work finds its genesis in childhood stories, legends and the relationship between narrative and the visual image. Intimately connected to the rich tradition of children's book illustrations, Griebel's prints combine fantasy and adult experience to create scenes that have a foothold in both the real and imaginary. Two essays and numerous plates reveal a promising artistic practice.

Burnaby Art Gallery (11/2007) 48 pp 19 col. ill. 8 x 7.5 in softcover 978-0-9783892-2-2 $19.95

Doug Biden: Visceral Allegories
Darrin J. Martens

Anatomical images of the human body recur in this retrospective of Doug Biden's prints and drawings. Because the artist died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 50, it's easy to read a preoccupation with illness, medicine, and mortality into his art. Yet most of the work here predates Biden's 2005 diagnosis. It's as if his imagery were somehow prescient, as if his interest in social and biological systems and body politics anticipated his physical struggle and early end. An accomplished and respected printmaker, Biden exhibited his art nationally and internationally.

Burnaby Art Gallery (09/2007) 96 pp 70 col. ill. 9 x 7.5 in softcover 978-0-9783892-1-5 $24.95

Marianna Schmidt
Robin Laurence, Darrin J. Martens & Bill Jeffries

Marianna Schmidt (1918-2005) was an accomplished neo-expressionist artist who, after having fled Hungary during the war and living in displaced persons camps throughout Europe, lived and worked in Vancouver from the 1950s until her death. The enormous scope of her practice - prints, drawings, paintings and collages - is unified by recurrent themes of alienation and dislocation, with twisted and fragmented figures stranded against featureless grounds and generic landscapes. This first retrospective monograph accompanies three concurrent exhibitions and is the result of a concerted effort on the part of the Evergreen Cultural Centre, Simon Fraser University Art Gallery and Burnaby Art Gallery. Works from public and private collections are augmented by pieces from Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (Museum for Contemporary Art) in Ghent, Belgium which has extensive holdings. Three essays, a biography and a bibliography honour a singular career, placing it within the context of Schmidt's life and times.

Burnaby Art Gallery (7/2007) 80 pp 50 col. ill. 10 x 9 in softcover 978-0-9738251-9-0 $25.00

Shirley Bear: Wibhun
Peter Morin

Shirley Bear is a dedicated elder, activist, feminist artist who has been at the forefront of aboriginal and women's struggles for many years. Her art is integral to her experience as a woman and as a member of the Maliseet Negootiook First Nation. Paintings, prints, photographs and multi-media works reveal her ongoing investigation into identity and issues related to knowledge and history and their transference between generations. Accompanied by an interview with the artist.

Burnaby Art Gallery (01/2007) 38 pp 20 col. ill. 8 x 8 in softcover 978-0-9738251-7-6 $10.00

30 x 30: New Directions in Printmaking
Darrin Martens
Burnaby Art Gallery (2006) 48 pp 30 col. ill. 8 x 8 in softcover 978-0-9738251-4-5 $10.00

TransFormations: Ceramics 2005
Carol E. Mayer
Burnaby Art Gallery (2005) 52 pp col. ill. 11 x 8 .5 in 978-97809738251-0-7 $10.00

Prior Editions: 10 Years of Canadian Printmaking
Geraldine Davis
Burnaby Art Gallery (2005) 34 pp col. ill. 11 x 8.5 in 978-0-9738251-1-4 $10.00

Ernest S. Lumsden 1883-1948
Roger H. Boulet
Burnaby Art Gallery (2003) 40 pp ill. 11 x 8.5 in 978-0-9686744-4-4 $10.00

New Media: Artwork from the 60s and 70s in Vancouver
Glenn Lewis
Burnaby Art Gallery (2002) 48 pp col. ill. 11 x 8.5 in 978-09686744-3-7 $10.00

Celebrating 20 Years of Printmaking
Burnaby Art Gallery (2003) 30 pp col. ill. 11 x 8.5 in 978-0-9686744-5-1 $10.00

Richard E. Prince: Aurora Borealis
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Burnaby Art Gallery 8 pp col. ill. 11 x 8.5 in 978-0-9686744-2-0 $5.00

Illuminating Language
Dick Averns
Burnaby Art Gallery (2000) 26 pp col. ill. 5.5 x 8.5 in 978-0-9686744-0-6 $5.00

Leslie Poole's Diary
Gordon Snyder
Burnaby Art Gallery (2000) 12 pp col. ill. 11 x 8.5 in 0-9686744-0-3 $10.00

Susan Gransby: Inkling to Ink
Roger H. Boulet
Burnaby Art Gallery (2000) 12 pp col. ill. 11 x 8.5 in 978-0-9686744-1-3 $5.00

Counterpoint: The Prints of Jack Shadbolt
Rory Wallace
Burnaby Art Gallery (1996) 46 pp col. ill. 11 x 8.5 in softcover 978-09201232-5-6 $10.00