Collaborations represents a unique interface with an alarmingly endangered insect, whose mysterious signs of global demise also represent the possible death of the phrase “as busy as a bee”.
The Burnaby Art Gallery show, which is part of a labyrinthine project called the “Hive Scans” series, isn’t about the phenomenon of apian disappearance; rather it’s business as usual for the intensely labouring bees.
But there’s nothing at all usual about the perceptions of Aganetha Dyck, a Winnipeg septuagenarian whose career as an artist has earned her a Governor General’s Award for lifetime achievement. The magnificent conceptual artist Gathie Falk was there for the opening, casually chatting with Dyck. There is something distinctly Falk-like about the exhibition, which Dyck describes as celebrating “the power of the small”.
by Robin Laurence and Darrin J. Martens, Burnaby Art Gallery
Hardcover, 60 pages
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