Image: Installation view of Screenshots of Home (detail), Art Gallery at Evergreen, 2021. Photo by Rachel Topham Photography.

The Art Gallery at Evergreen‘s Outdoor Exhibitions offer a safe way for Lake Lafarge visitors to engage with local artists.

 The Art Gallery at Evergreen (AGE) has curated a series of public-facing artworks on the exterior windows of the Evergreen Cultural Centre. These Outdoor Exhibitions are presented in conjunction with our exhibition programming and create opportunities for park visitors to engage with art in a low-barrier, safe public setting with limited health concerns and offer respite for park visitors and passersby.  

Prompted by COVID-19 preventative measures and to increase art access during a time of substantial stress, we reached our community by using the exterior building windows as a presentation space for artworks. Sponsorship funding from the City of Coquitlam has enabled us to continue our series of outdoor public-facing artworks throughout 2021.  

This Outdoor Exhibition series presents several exciting opportunities: to provide the community access to contemporary artwork in a highly used public space in the City of Coquitlam; to contribute meaningful artistic content to the AGE’s participation in community life outside the gallery walls; and to raise public awareness of the art gallery and the artists it exhibits. 

LUXE by Ketty Zhang 

November 20, 2021 – February 07, 2022

Image: Installation view of Ketty Zhang, LUXE, exhibition at the Art Gallery at Evergreen, 2021. Photo by Rachel Topham Photography.

Ketty Zhang (she/her) is a Chinese Canadian emerging artist based in Surrey whose practice is informed by notions of identity for people of the Chinese diaspora, the influences of consumerism and corporate culture.

 In her photographic series LUXE  (2019), Zhang is guided by her attraction to objects of desire as she explores the systems of value that engross consumers. The refracting light of the sequins and lush fabrics depicted in the work activate the desire to touch and to possess, speaking to the coercive nature of the value hierarchies embedded in the aesthetics of fashion, which in turn reinforce our perception of class and status. The artist uses her iPhone to photograph what seem to be luxury products at fashion boutiques, department stores and dollar stores around Vancouver. Images of products that could be considered kitsch—cheap, mass-produced objects of popular culture—become nearly indistinguishable from materials that are marketed as high fashion, pointing to the systematic and absurd construction of value.   

Thanks to backlit panels behind the artwork designed by our amazing tech team, this exhibition is available to view all day long on our exterior lobby windows. 

Evan Lee: Forged

Available to view November 20, 2021 – January 30, 2022

Forged is an exhibition of photography, painting and sculpture by Evan Lee, a Vancouver-based Chinese Canadian artist who explores the limits and possibilities of materials (particularly lens-based media) through experimentation, adaptability and an economy of meansa process that considers the extraordinary within the multitude of mundane, easily discarded and mass-produced objects that occupy our lives.  

Visit the Art Gallery: Thursday – Friday, 12 – 6PM | Saturday – Sunday, 12 – 5PM. 

Situated on the shores of Lafarge Lake in Town Centre Park, Evergreen Cultural Centre exists on the unceded, traditional and ancestral core territory of the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) First Nation.