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Shelf Life.

Shelf Life.

A window project curated by Kegan McFadden
670 Fort Street

A group show presented sequentially, Shelf Life. is an examination of the finite, of mortality, exhaustion, and the possibility of what’s to come as well as what is left behind. Over the course of our time on Fort Street, we will be presenting the work of one artist at a time in the large windows, viewable any time of day or night.

July 2024: ENOUGH by Ryan O’Lewis

Enough reflects on the collective resistance Pride initially emerged from as a response to systemic violence experienced by the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and which we continue to navigate. In a seemingly simple sculpture, O’Lewis calls attention to the complex issue of Queer Battle Fatigue many 2SLGBTQIA+ Folx struggle with. The act of existing, being visible, speaking up, and living authentically in one’s queerness slowly carves out possibilities for Queer Joy to emerge without violence.

Ryan O’Lewis (he/him) is a queer, (dis)abled, Canadian artist currently residing on the unceded traditional territories of the T’Sou-ke and Scian’new Nations. His art practice explores sexuality, masculinity, (dis)ability and mental health. More specifically the intricate relationship one has with themselves and how they experience spaces with invisible marginalized identities.

Ryan will present a brief artist talk about this project, in conversation with Shelf Life. curator, Kegan McFadden: Wednesday 31 July @ 5:45PM…

June 2024: Phoenix by Heidi Bergstrom

Heidi Bergstrom brings her take on the Phoenix to the Shelf Life project. This site-specific work created from paper, sinew, moose hide, textile fibres, and vinyl offers a visual allusion to the mythological winged creature symbolizing rebirth and renewal. Bergstrom’s installation incorporates natural and synthetic materials, pointing to a continuum where the viewer is left to decipher whether it is the remains or the reemergence of the Phoenix on display.

Heidi Bergstrom (she/her) is a settler of mixed Euro-Scandinavian (Sweden and Iceland) background, and her family is Michif from Red River in Manitoba. She is a multimedia visual artist in Victoria, BC, Canada. Her fine art practice and exhibitions includes work in painting, printmaking, book binding, textiles, video and photography, and multimedia installations. Heidi has exhibited her work in Canada, the United States, and internationally. 

May 2024: Takotsubo, a prelude by Chin Yuen

In response to the death of her mother, Mei Ying Wong (1938 – 2020), Chin Yuen began experiencing Takotsubo cardiomyopathy or “Broken Heart Syndrome.” The syndrome is coined as such since it causes a part of the heart to swell, resembling a Japanese octopus trap, takotsubo. As a way of processing the physical manifestation resulting from this profound grief, the artist turned to her studio and began experimenting intuitively with ceramics, creating a series of hand-pressed pots in the form of takotsubo.

International award-winning Canadian painter, Chin Yuen, was born in Malaysia.  She studied in Singapore and England before moving to Canada for further education. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors from Emily Carr University of Art and Design and a Master of Arts from the University of Victoria.  After graduation, she moved to Japan and Italy, where she taught English and Fine Arts for several years before returning home to Canada.  Yuen continues to travel extensively for work and pleasure.  She sees her diverse cultural exposures as an artistic asset that, combined with her love of imaginative inventions, inspires and shapes her creations.  For over 25 years, she has exhibited internationally. Her dynamic abstract paintings are on the covers of international textbooks and the walls of residential homes, hotels, health care centres, and corporate buildings.