By Petra Giffard
I recently spoke to a lady who was passionate about the art scene in Vancouver – but when I mentioned the Polygon Gallery in North Vancouver she explained that she rarely makes the seabus trip to The North Shore – and asked me: “Is it worth it?” My answer is a resounding “YES!”
The Polygon Gallery, situated right next to Lonsdale Quay, is the new home of Presentation House Gallery and opened in late November 2017. The brand new building was designed by Patkau Architects and is situated next to Lonsdale Quay right on the waterfront. The current exhibition, entitled N. Vancouver is the first show in this wonderful new location and runs until the end of April 2018. The exhibition is a homage to the local area. Twenty six local artists have created artworks that respond to an array of topics, landmarks, industries and happenings in the North Shore area. The exhibition is a carefully crafted blend of tradition, celebration, nostalgia and history – peppered with the occasional bit of humour.
The show certainly has something for everyone, but personal highlights include works by N.E. Thing company – a husband and wife duo who have skillfully turned everyday occurances into a series artworks by carefully documenting their discoveries. And the factual yet beautiful photographic documentation of the North Shore’s industrial roots in works by Greg Girard. Be sure to also look out for the cameo appearance of artist Rodney Graham in his large photograph of the Seymour River.
So as the weather improves and Easter beckons, make time for North Vancouver and be sure to explore this wonderful new gallery as it continues to ingratiate itself with its beautiful and complex surrounds. I can assure you that the seabus trip is worth it.