The New Media Gallery in New Westminster didn’t hit the ground running, it charged in galloping! It’s gravitational pull attracting some impressive art-world heavy hitters and artists.
The NMG officially opened its doors in September of 2014 with an exhibition entitled Musicircus. The show included work by Jean-Pierre Gauthier, Christian Marclay, Tim Lee, and collaborative duo Signal to Noise (Oliver Wilshen and Niall Quinn). The exhibition formed connective interactions between works of sound, art, technology and of course, visitors.
On the heels of this Cage-ian Happening…exhibition number two Biometric opened in December of 2014 and ran into February 2015. It featured works that explore portraiture, science and the complex world of biometric technologies. In our incredibly codified and data-filled world, this exhibition explored methods of how to record and measure a human. The line-up of works ranged from 3D portraiture rendered from DNA samples and ephemeral olfactory representations of a person, to graphic abstract portraits and obsessive self-documentation spanning over a decade. Again, the list of exhibiting artists is remarkable: Julian Opie, Ahren Lee, Martynka Wawrzyniak, Julie Rrap, Shin SeungBack and Kim YonHun, Anthony Cerniello, Jim Campbell, Christine Borland, and Denis Beaubois.