Burnaby Art Gallery; Art in the Community

The Burnaby Art Gallery is continuing their tradition of taking art out of the gallery and into the community with two new exhibitions opening next week at local libraries.

Set to coincide with the start of the school year, Ben Duncan’s Ever Onward will explore the long history of the art of the doodle at the Bob Prittie Library (near Metrotown) from September 19th to November 15th 2016.

Catherine M. Stewart is an artist featured in the City of Burnaby’s Malaspina Printshop Archive. She also has a background in physics and mathematics, which have influenced her artistic practice. Her exhibition, Distillations: Lithographs and Etchings will run at Burnaby’s McGill Library.

Ever Onward is a presentation of new work by Ben Duncan in the longstanding tradition of the doodle. Whether in the ancient papyrus loose leaf notes of the Babylonian magi, or the hastily jotted, nearly illegible plans of the great scholar Dapti, crudely scrawled drawings and scribbles abound.

This showcase honours those whose artwork earned them the “easily distracted” distinction in their report cards and presents a loosely tied narrative of pilgrims, denizens and otherworldly entities who dare to venture ever onward.

With a humorous bent, Vancouver-based artist Ben Duncan focuses on a variety of themes, including but not limited to cartoonish displays of explosive violence, surreal gang culture and an insectoid value system applied to traditional human societies.

The Catherine M. Stewart exhibition titled Distillations: Lithographs and Etchings continues the BAG’s exploration of the Malaspina Printshop Archive. The exhibition runs from September 20th to November 16th, 2016 at  the McGill Library, 4595 Albert Street, Burnaby

Catherine M. Stewart’s Distillations differs from the other Malaspina Printshop Archive exhibitions in that the artist herself has chosen the works to be displayed from both the Malaspina Archive and her own collection.

Stewart earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia. Her early exposure to science and mathematics continues to be an influence that resurfaces in her artistic practice. Her work has won awards and been shown locally, nationally and internationally in group and solo exhibitions.


Keith Langergraber at the Burnaby Art Gallery

Burnaby Art Gallery (BAG) present Betrayal at Babylon, a new installation by Vancouver-based mixed media artist Keith Langergraber that will be held at the gallery from September 9 to October 23, 2016.

Investigating the impermanence of language and the complexity of human myth-making, the exhibition merges historical and fictionalized narratives set in British Columbia and beyond.

Reinterpreting the biblical Tower of Babel as a western mine and ghost town, Langergraber’s sculptural work fuses spiral train tunnels, dilapidated rigging systems and downed power lines. The show incorporates a series of large-scale mixed media works on paper, scraps of handwritten journal entries, detailed drawings of fossils and relics, and maps of natural terrain and settlements.

For the project, Langergraber worked with Carl Alexander, an elder from the Nxwísten (Bridge River) Indian Band in Lillooet to explore traditional St’át’imcets place names and provide an account of the impact of industry—dams, forestry, mining and the railroad—in the region.

Double Negative, Double Whammy (2016), a short film by Langergraber, screens as part of the show – following a gang of meteorite hunters across a surreal landscape, the film draws on motifs from sci-fi, western and disaster film genres. A mythic tektite meteorite also stands on display.

Betrayal at Babylon examines not only the construction of language, but also demonstrates the limitations of language in conveying environmental issues that have occurred through natural forces over time as well as through more recent human-driven exploits.


  • Opening Reception | Thursday, September 8 | 7-9pm | FREE
  • In the BAG: Family Sundays | 1-4pm | FREE
  • Sunday, September 11 – Drawing Spaces
  • Sunday, October 9 – Mapping Terrains
  • Artist Talk + Film Screening | Saturday, September 10 | 2pm | FREE
  • Art Tour Tuesday | Tuesday, September 20 | 12:15pm | $5 | NEW PROGRAM
  • Tour & Tea | Tuesday, September 20 | 2pm | $7.50 | NEW PROGRAM
  • One Place, Many Names Talk | Sunday, September 25 | 2pm | FREE
  • Culture Days Guided Tour | Sunday, October 2 | 2pm | FREE

To learn more about the Keith Langergraber exhibition and other shows at the Burnaby Art Gallery, you can visit their webpage.

Joe Fafard Exhibition; Retailles 

Internationally renowned, Joe Fafard is one of Canada’s most recognized and prolific artists.

Joe Fafard; Retailles
Joe Fafard; Retailles

Mr. Fafard is one of Canada’s leading professional visual artists and has exhibitions of a wide variety of work in galleries and museums across the country and around the world, including the United States, Great Britain, France and Japan.

He is widely recognized as being at the forefront of his art, and his outstanding contributions to the arts have significantly raised the profile of both Saskatchewan and Canada on the national stage

In the early 1970’s, much of his sculpture used clay as a medium.

In 1985, he shifted to bronze as his chief sculptural medium, successfully establishing a foundry in Pense.

His insight and humour characterize his portraits of neighbours, farm animals, wildlife, and famous artists that he came to respect as he learned his craft.

His work in bronze is displayed across Canada and his cows have become one of his trademarks. Some say that Joe Fafard adds a sense of humour to his depiction of the everyday through his artwork; Joe says that he never really took it out…

Fafard’s current exhibition titled Retailles offers an insight into his exploration of the laser-cut process featuring laser-cut and welded metal sculptures along with embossed and woodcut prints.

Fafard’s current exhibition at the Burnaby Art Gallery opens  on Thursday, June 23. There will be an opening reception at the BAG from 7-9pm for Joe Fafard: Retailles.

The Burnaby Art Gallery is located at 6344 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby.