Reflections Art Show in Coal Harbour Explores Vulnerability and Gender

Photo by Chris Reed

By Kendell Yan

A group art exhibition titled Reflections is opening up at the Foster Eastman Gallery in Coal Harbour showcasing the work of four multidisciplinary artists. The artists each explore representations of the male form, and serve as a dialogue between the artists, their subjects, and the viewers so that they may see a reflection of themselves in the work.

Photographers Chris Reed and Matthew Haylett have selected five models each with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and sexualities, and have photographed all ten models from their own distinct perspective. The results are two evocative photo series that act as reflections of the subjects from two viewpoints. The works stand alone, but also speak to each other as the subjects roam between the two, and invite viewers to consider the incongruences, fluidity, and dichotomies of the male form, the vulnerabilities of their subjects, and the diversity of sex and gender.

Chris Reed is a self-taught, Multidisciplinary artist who focuses mainly on photography. His work is strongly influenced by the experiences, struggles, and social trends that surround him.

Matthew Haylett is an artist born and raised in Vancouver. Growing up surrounded by the wild nature of the west coast, he looks to blend nature into all of his work.

Reflections also features the work of Michaelmichaelmichael and Mini Choi, both graduates of Emily Carr and co-founders of “MichaelMiniGallerists” and “PressMini”. They have co-curated more than 71 art exhibitions from Asia to North America.

The gallery opening is on November 3rd from 7-9pm and will run until November 11th (Viewing by appointment only).

What: Reflections, a group art exhibition curated by Mini and Michael Gallerists, featuring works by Matthew Haylett, Chris Reed, michaelmichaelmichael, and Mini Choi.
When: Opening: November 3rd, 2017 (7 pm – 9 pm)
Exhibition Period: November 3rd to November 11th, 2017 (viewing by appointment only)
Where: Foster Eastman Gallery, 1442 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Why: Support local artists and their representations and explorations of a multitude of male subjects, forms, and identities.

Kendell Yan is a queer, second-generation POC who navigates the hyphen of mixed ethnicity LGBTQ2+ living in Vancouver. Kendell has a penchant for drag Queens and Kings that borders on obsession, and he favours events that encourage free expression, inclusivity, and love in all flavours.

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