Our Exhibits

The Vancouver Art Gallery presents exhibitions of work by artists ranging from historic masters to leading-edge contemporaries. These include major thematic exhibitions, presentations of solo artists and smaller, more focused showcases. In a typical year, 2 to 3 exhibitions are borrowed from other institutions and 10 to 12 exhibitions are developed in-house, drawing on our permanent collection and loans of works from around the world. In addition, the Gallery tours a few of its exhibitions each year.

Past Exhibitions

Jerry Pethick:
Shooting the Sun/Splitting the Pie

October 24, 2015 to January 10, 2016


Jerry Pethick
The Replica of Willendorf: Post Prehistoric, 1981-82
light bulbs, silicone, aluminum, glass, mirror
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Acquisition Fund
Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery
Over the course of a career that spanned four decades, the Hornby Island- based artist Jerry Pethick produced a complex and fascinating body of work that is difficult to classify. Focusing on questions of perception and knowledge, as well as revolutionary moments from the history of Modernism, Pethick engaged in a life-long pursuit of a sculptural idiom grounded in virtual space and transparency. While he drew upon a sophisticated understanding of science, optics and art history, his work was constructed from modest objects and materials retrieved from the Hornby Island Recycling Depot or purchased at an ordinary hardware store.

Pethick first became known for his pioneering work with holography during the late 1960s and early 70s. Though he stopped making holograms when he moved to Hornby Island in the mid-1970s, the nature of visual perception remained central to his work. His wide-ranging investigations culminated in the large-scale photographic arrays and playful sculptures of the 1990s and early 2000s, in which hundreds of snapshots made at a given location are viewed through a grid of Fresnel lenses so that they form a single three dimensional image that hovers in virtual space.



Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art.



Generously Supported by:
Rojeanne and Jim Allworth
Jane Irwin and Ross Hill


Visionary Partner for BC Artist Exhibitions:
David Aisenstat


Visionary Partner for Scholarship and Publications:
The Richardson Family