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Exhibition invitation
2021.4.14

Here Comes the Sun, acrylic on canvas, 47.25 x 35.5 inches

After Every Winter, Soft Wind

GABRYEL HARRISON


VISUALSPACE GALLERY

3352 Dunbar Street, Vancouver 604.559.0576

www.visualspace.ca

April 22nd to May 15th
Noon to 5 pm daily (Sunday & Monday closed)


This new collection of oil and acrylic paintings are grounded in my earlier work with floral imagery yet informed by the experience of being in a new unknown, a territory of uncertainty, “all together in a sudden strangeness” (Neruda). Like many, I was drawn to and sought the consolations of nature while recognizing it is our presence that disturbs


www.gabryel.com


@gabryelharrison

After Every Winter, Soft Wind    exhibition at Visual Space Gallery
2021.3.31

I am excited to share news of my upcoming solo show at the Vancouver Gallery Visual Space. Yes, you can visit! Although there will not be the customary "Vernissage" or opening night of old, you can visit the gallery in person with all Covid safety practices observed. If you prefer to book an appointment for a private viewing, please contact the gallery here. If you wish to meet me at the gallery, I will be available at select times, please book here.

Months ago, when given this opportunity to exhibit new work, I had no idea the opening date would fall on Earth Day, April 22nd. Auspicious indeed.
My inspiration for this body of work is rooted in my love of the natural world, in particular her forms of flora and the earthen, cyclical energies that inform "the force that through the green fuse drives the flower". In the months of preparation for this show, my studio practice was informed by memories of last year's spring, the first Spring of the Pandemic, where we were all rooted in place, uncertain of our individual and collective futures. I spent as much time as I could outside, hands in the earth, all senses awoken to the return of life, participating in its re-seeding. This opportunity to be in the presence of earth's beauty and her generous proliferation, was to feel more deeply my own sense of mortality and the simultaneous awareness of my ability to rebirth and regenerate my own life and practice of painting. In the gift of a gestalt shift and the spaciousness of arrested time, new perceptions of the recurrent themes of my work became available to me. These paintings are more open, filled with gesture and their vanishings.They are odes to possibility and the unknown....from which springs all new life.

I invite you to watch this short video. Recorded in my studio, by the artist Tiffany Blaise, it is a small preview in which I give a little more insight into the work you can soon see in person at Visual Space Gallery.

I will be releasing another short film during the course of the exhibition. Subscribers to my emails will have first access, so if you would like to share this opportunity with others, please share this email and ask them to subscribe.

Thanking all of you for being here, your support and encouragement is invaluable to me.

Warmly, Gabryel


I invite you to visit Visual Space Gallery April 22-May 15

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday noon- 5PM
3352 Dunbar St
Vancouver
604-559-0576
info@visualspace.ca

"Art is a force for resistance and repair"
2021.1.5

Studio 362, 1000 Parker Street. Book your studio visit here

“Art is a force for resistance and repair” Olivia Laing

In this time of crisis, making art is not only refuge, but as Olivia Laing points out in her essay “How to survive self-isolation, the role of art in difficult times” a necessary form of resistance.

“Art is about paying attention to reality” Olivia Laing.

In our studios and in our homes as we have struggled and survived this past year of the pandemic, we have adapted, we have grown our patience and tolerance for each other, we have learnt that the path of least resistance, as water parts for the stone in its path, is the way of least suffering. Resistance is not always pushing against. Resistance can be stopping, looking deeply, resistance can be time stilled, the time you take to make a painting or quietly to contemplate the garden you have been tending. Resistance can be the choice to turn away from the frenetic churning of the news cycle and sit in stillness with a loved sculpture.

Art made or art appreciated can be an antidote to despair. Sitting in the solitude of your own home, loneliness can be assauged by the touch of another heart brought to life in a well crafted work of fiction. To read or to listen to another’s story is to know one is not alone. Art is not about distraction or avoidance but attention to reality.

Olivia Laing refers often in her writing to the artist Derek Jarman, who died in another time of crisis, in the era of HIV and the plague of Aids. At the end of his life, Jarman chose to grow a garden in one of the most inhospitable of climates and barren soil, stones really, of Dungeness, Kent. “Modern Nature” is his meditative diary.

This energetic impulse, to act creatively and regeneratively despite the acutely felt and painful reality of his own dying, teaches me to never give in to the passivity that can corrode a life. In the climate of today’s uncertainties I am inspired to respond with my own expressions of hope, gestures of aliveness and offerings of love simply for the gift of being alive.

"Flight of Venus", oil on paper, frame size 35" x 27"

The true plague is fear and its attendent anxieties. Fear is what imperils our connection to others and to life itself.

Creativity empowers and gives me choice, it always connects and endlessly rebirths. There is no confinement in the mind, no isolation. Freedom is alive and without horizon in each one of our imaginative minds.

I enter 2021 with a sense of renewal. I am grateful to all who have supported my practice throughout this year of profound change. Thank you.

I am made more resilient by great loss and feel inspired by new beginnings. With such upheaval, what cannot be questioned? What can you reimagine in your own life? What is left undone? What seed have you yet to plant?

I encourage all of you to feel the possibility of your own life, the richness and fertile potentials waiting for your discovery.

at the threshold,
warmly,Gabryel

 "How Free The Flowers", framed oil on paper 25" x 21"

Letter from the Studio - To Be Like a River
2020.11.9

Fraser River, North Arm

“A river never passes the same place twice”, said the philosopher Heraclitus.


We exist in a stream of change. We can resist or surrender to the flow, but like a river, life itself never stops flowing.


I, perhaps like many of you, am stepping into new waters as Covid sweeps the planet and regimes teeter on the brink. I have left the edge of the Fraser River, home to my studio practice for the last 20 years, for the unknown of a new studio. I have chosen to immerse myself in different waters, to be a participant in an artistic community. Leaving the solitude and quiet of a tidal estuary for the noise of shunting rail cars and the ever present hum of human industry, I am choosing growth. Seldom comfortable, change always brings us to a new edge. It is at that edge, that tip of shocking aliveness visible in the new shoot, that growth is happening.


My window of comfort has been to look from my open studio door to the garden, to hear the gentle clack of black bamboo in the wind, to know the hawk is passing because all the small birds are suddenly chirping their alarm. Now I am learning to love the thunder of the freight train rattling my window, to know the rhythms of boxcars flowing in, flowing out, a tide without water still bearing goods.


1000 Parker St. has long been home to a thriving community of artists. I am one of the fortunate to find a studio home within its rambling halls. Although the building is not open for its usual celebration of art, artists and artisans in the annual Eastside Culture Crawl, you may chat with me virtually (using the chat icon on this page) Sunday afternoon November 22 between 1-3. In-person private viewing is available... book a studio visit with me. I look forward to the opportunity of showing you my work in the new space, third floor, studio 362. It is a place full of light, height and ample fresh air. Spacious, with room to breathe safely.

I am excited to have a new opportunity to show my work in Vancouver. Along with the beautifully curated Boutique shop Gild and Co. and Vancouver Art Gallery Rentals and Sales. I am pleased to be included in the showrooms of Once A Tree Furniture.


I want to say thank you, with deep gratitude to all of you, old friends and new, who offer support in so many ways, who sustain and make buoyant my continuance in this life of creative practice. I could not do it without you.


In this time of uncertainty I am reminded by the golden crowns of the trees I see from these new windows, that this season, the one of radiant color, is also the season that leaves wither and die. They let go. Their fallen scattering of gold makes fertile the ground in which trunk and limb reach and grow.


I am excited by what I do not yet know, for on this journey between birth and death, to encounter the unknown is to encounter the self where one has not yet been brought fully alive. If we can look with courage into our own unknown self we can learn to trust the stream.


May the current of your life bear you closer to your heart's intention
may you be uplifted

Gabryel

for a moving read and listen: the poem “At The River Clarion"by Mary Oliver link here: https://wordsfortheyear.com/2018/04/14/at-the-river-clarion-by-mary-oliver/

New studio space at 1000 Parker St

River to railroad, may life flow through me

First Bloom, oil on paper, 20x16 inches

New Paintings. New Exhibition.
2020.5.29
Wind Blown 50x60" oil on canvas

The wind is warm, peonies are emerging. In the vegetable garden I planted just over a month ago I am already astonished and gratified to be harvesting. This time of isolation has been one of many and varied creativities. While many struggle and I feel for the loss in all communities, I am also deeply affected by how creatives everywhere, in all walks of life, are bringing courage and ingenuity into a profoundly changed world and are working alone or together to reimagine our future. In this fragile and vulnerable moment in humanity's history I feel all acts of creativity are important and vital.

I am therefore very excited to say that I am joining a talented group of artists to exhibit some new works at Visual Space Gallery for a Summer Exhibition. The gallery will be open for in person viewing, spatially distanced, all cleaning protocols in place. Although there is no Vernisage or customary opening night. I invite you to contact Yukiko Onley to book an appointment if you wish a specific time to view. If you wish to meet me there, please send me an email, or call 604-612-1998, otherwise gallery hours are 12-5 Tuesday thru Saturday.

This Fleeting World, framed size 35x 27, oil on archival paper

Also new, and available to acquire at the exquisitely curated shop of owner Bonnie Wilson's Gild and Co, are original, one of a kind, signed oil paintings on archival paper. Drop by to view. Bonnie or staff member will be happy to show you this new offering as well as to show you a select collection of my paintings.

I am very happy to be part of the Dunbar community led by creative women.These entreprenuerial business owners continue to bring beauty to our lives while supporting local artists and cultural expression despite this challenging and changing moment in our history.

Art matters in times of uncertainty and hardship. Beauty persists, and people still look to flowers for food of a different kind than the one on the supermarket shelves. Flowers emerge from cracks in pavement, from many difficult soils, simply and quietly, they rise and bloom.

"Far from distracting us from what is essential, beauty can draw us closer to all that is good and holy and healing". JODY HASSETT SANCHEZ, MAY 1, 2020,

Check out this for more interesting reading on why art matters in a pandemic http://https://www.macleans.ca/opinion/art-during-the-time-of-coronavirus/

Wishing you health and creative days,
Gabryel

New Website and a Lockdown Letter from the Studio
2020.5.29
Spring In The Time Of Fevers oil on canvas, 40x56 inches, sold

How are you coping?


In solitude I have discovered, one meets not only the self but one’s love of engagement with others. The more deeply I enter the heart of solitude, it is here that I find awaits each precious relationship connecting me to all hearts.


Liberation from routines can often create opportunity, so in this gap It has been my pleasure to work with the professional help and exceptional team of @DazedandConfucius, to launch a new website! I am pleased to be able to invite you to view my work here… Gabryel.com

All of us are responding differently to the disruptive challenges we face, perhaps you are beginning to feel restless about returning to a world remembered, but no longer as it was. And yet, in the pause, I feel with others who wish to prolong these restorative, slower days of care and kindness, the compassionate space for our own and earth’s healing.


I hope you and your loved ones are together finding ways not just to survive but even to thrive. It is my wish for you to find pockets of peace in the chaos, and to emerge from our global crisis with renewed creative resolve in whatever is your vision for work, discipline or relationships.

When the crisis subsides, we might have occasion to ask whether we want to return to normal, or whether there might be something we’ve seen during this break in the routines that we want to bring into the future.” Charles Eisenstein from his essay; The Coronation.


I wanted to share a little about how Covid 19 has shifted my practice as I manage sheltering in place, which unlike many less fortunate, includes both a studio and garden. Although as a working artist I thrive on long hours of solitude, and have optimistically built a career on uncertainties, in the first weeks I found my attention scattered, my ability to focus fragmented.

My response was to tend the earth. I recognize that our human presence has disturbed nature’s balance and felt compelled to pay attention in one small way, putting my hands into the soil, beginning a vegetable garden. In these Spring days of sun and showers, witnessing the miracle of growth from seed to emergent plant has been grounding and regenerative.


This season, one of suspension, solitude and stillness as well as the ever-renewing forward tilt and vigour of unstoppable Spring has inspired new works on paper. Blossom and text interwoven. Working on paper with oils, graphite and pastels free up the release of quick gestures. Combined with lines of poetry this way of working enables me to respond with fluidity and immediacy that a larger painting may inhibit.


I am aware that in the studio I am recording and alive to the time I am living in, I want my work to reflect the instability of this time but also its vitality, its fierceness in the face of threat. These works have open spaces existing simultaneously with clusters of marks both heavy and light, giving rise to the push and pull, the tensions I and I imagine others, perhaps you, are feeling in this vitally charged and fragile present moment.


Quoting New York gallerist Magda Sawon in her recent op-ed on coming through Covid, no matter how convincing our digital lives may become, “art will always need to be seen in real spaces, to deliver a full spectrum of contemplative experience.”


I look forward to our next opportunity to meet and share art,
To book a studio visit, with the observation of safe protocols, please call 604-612-1998


May you be well,

Gabryel

In strange times, a message of thanks
2020.3.30

In The Time Of Blossom 48x48 inches, acrylic on canvas. To be donated @Splash 2020


Newsletter release, March 2020


I am here - in my home- like all of you isolated from friends, parents, children, grandparents community, and yet feeling the value of each one of you more than ever. This invisible virus that has encircled the planet is exposing our often distant relation to ourselves, others and especially to the earth that sustains us. I wanted to reach out. I wanted to tell you I am thinking of you and of your loved ones. I want you know that I wish you health in body and mind, that I wish for you new pathways to connection.


I feel moved to say thank you. Thank you to all you wonderful people who have been a part of my journey in ways small or large, one way or another, collector or silent witness. Thank you for the gift of a friendly word, your encouragement, your presence warmly shared when visiting a gallery show, public talk or my studio, thank you! I thank you for your willingness to bring your eyes and open heart to the work and I imagine to the work of many other artists. We need you. We are supported by you. Not just because you buy the work, though you do buy many works of art and for that I am most grateful, but because you are looking, because you are open to recieve. As an artist I spend many creative days in self-imposed isolation looking deeply to bring forth offerings. You are there when I emerge. You are there to look on with wonder and with curiosity, to recognise or reject but to be participant in this life affirming connection. In the end, I think this is what we all are looking for. To connect. To say; “I was here. I was seen. I see you. Thank you.”


“Spring is the awaited season”, says John Berger. Here we are. Sheltering in place to reduce harm to others. What will you do with your waiting, in this Spring, under a sky made pink with blossom.


Would it be possible to move toward what you love?


In the time of blossom
and strange fevers
grace
to be alive
Flora Poetica
2020.1.22

Offering, acrylic on canvas, 48×48 inches

I am excited to be extending to you this invitation to view my new work. Please enjoy a moment out of the rain to encounter my solo exhibition in the showroom of the Vancouver Art Gallery Rentals and Sales. The paintings will be on view until March 27th.


I will be giving a talk about the work and process on Tuesday evening, the 11th February at 7pm. Seating is limited, so if you wish a seat, please plan ahead.


Thank you for your continued support

warmly, Gabryel


Phone: 604 662 4746

Email: manager@artrentalandsales.com
Follow: @vanartrental
Location:750 Hornby Street
Annex Bldg, 1st floor
Vancouver, BC
V6Z 2H7
Showroom hours:
Mon–Fri: 10am–5pm
Tuesday evenings by appointment
Closed Statutory Holidays

Reminder; Culture Crawl, and Winter Open Studio in Southlands…you are invited!
2019.11.10
The date is fast approaching! I would love to see you! Please enjoy a visit to my new Parker Street studio. I am showing some of my recent paintings as well as a diverse group of new works on paper. The Crawl is a great opportunity to get a glimpse of a wide range of artmaking practices and to meet and talk to many different artists in their studios, all within the vibrant hub of East Vancouver’s cultural mecca.


You’ll find my studio at 308-1000 Parker Street.

The building is located at the corner of Parker and George Streets. The main entrance is on George, the east side of the building.


HOURS OF OPENING : Thursday the 14, Friday the 15th 5-10pm, Saturday and Sunday 11-6


Here is a link to the Culture Crawl map…to help mark the artists you might like to visit, and here is the program guide and here is a link to the Culture Crawl App


And one last thing……SAVE THE DATE! SUNDAY, DECEMBER the 8th, 2-6pm


I am once again hosting a Winter OPEN STUDIO in my Southlands space. For those of you who have been before, you know you won’t want to miss this event with the talented MAX ZIPURSKY and his amazing group of excellent jazz musicians! Click here to learn more about Max and his studio.

On The Move
2019.10.30

Friends, I am inviting you to come and visit me in my new studio! #308 1000 Parker St. I have been on the move since late winter of 2018, experiencing a studio residency in Murawai, New Zealand this spring, and a studio sublet this summer at 1000 Parker St., and now find myself in the gratitude of settling into a new space in the historic Vancouver building and artist enclave 1000 Parker St.


I will be a participant for the first time in this year’s Eastside Cultural Crawl. I am excited to be making this move, joining a fantastic and well-established community of committed and skilled artists calling 1000 Parker their work home.


I will be showing new paintings and works in a new format; oil, oil stick, graphite, crayon and pastel on paper. Inhabiting new space opens new space in the creative body/mind and new containers old and sustain the creation of new shapes and forms.


The 23rd annual Eastside Cultural Crawl open hours are:

    November 14-17th
  • Thursday, November 14th- 5pm -10Pm
  • Friday, November 15th- 5pm -10pm
  • Saturday, November 16th- 11am -6pm
  • Sunday, November 17th-11am -6pm

I look forward to the opportunity of connecting with you!

Artist Residency
2019.2.18

I am excited to say that I have been accepted for a month-long artist residency in New Zealand, this March 2019. As I near the mid-point of my 60th year, I feel a bit like our native salmon who instinctually navigate themselves to the stream of their birth years after swimming in a wide and faraway sea. My intention is to relax into the land of my beginnings, to feel the currents of air and water that first entered my being. Given a studio in which to experiment and explore, how might these influences inform my work?


I will be posting on my blog now and then. If you wish to share a glimpse into my adventure, I invite you to check my website, go to “blog” and follow along.


Earthskin Muriwai is a sanctuary of simplicity and silence,
amidst nature – where during creative exploration we can
move beyond the self to a deeper consciousness.


This is a place where the sacred blending of human and nature connect and has the opportunity to be re-cognized.

This place allows deep quiet and immersion, the land becomes the True Teacher.