Kevin Flood, Meyvis Araniva & Tristesse Seeliger
In Urban Landscapes, abstract brushstrokes, layers of paint, and meticulously cut out maps are exhibited side by side, in a reinterpretation of imaginary territories. Kevin Flood's current body of work bears private and nostalgic inference to collective histories and remote geographies. Flood’s encaustics populate each canvas as a mélange of rough-hewn shapes and lines, rich with color and void of being self-conscious or garish. Meyvis Araniva's pieces, in contrast, are drawn from sources of inspiration like the gritty streets of Vancouver as well as the vibrancy of her native El Salvador. Her works, a juxtaposition layers over layers of paint and paper, could be perceived as debris of the places she's been to.
Tristesse Seeliger is collaging historical maps fusing cartography and geometry to create new spaces and places that coax the brain to drift from the analytical to the sensory, and to delight in what is sensual, familiar, and universal. Her Territories series comes as a translation between art and mathematics while taking maps from the Geological Survey of Canada offices dating back to 1960 as a primary medium. Another exploration of the notion of geography is Seeliger's Flags for New Countries – in which she creates a new interpretation for the emblems we have, in unique shapes and color schemes. Together, the works of Flood, Araniva, and Seeliger invite viewers to take a journey to imaginary landscapes and contemplate their environments with new eyes.