Hyper Real: Black History Exhibition and Event Series


Dougy Hérard
Daniel Itiose
Karl Obakeng Ndebele
Theran Sativa
Elizabeth Eugene
Louisane Fozin
Naïka Deluy-Garwood
David Durham

Individuality, commonality, the emotional, the bodily, masculinity, femininity, permanence, erasure, oppression, freedom, isolation, connection, labour, identity, fiction, history, non-conformity, vulnerability and subject/object positions.
In Hyper Real, nine contemporary Black artists take on this range of multifaceted themes. Each grounds their creative expression in a particular subject. Yet they bring varying and even contradictory approaches to these subjects. Analyzing. Remixing. Reframing. Erasing. Reclaiming. At once meditative and inventive.
In each work, by looking at the specific, truths of the human condition are revealed.
You can see clearly every pixel, pore, brush stroke and coffee stain.
What do you find in the reflection?
“The function of art is to do more than tell it like it is ―it’s to imagine what is possible.”
― bell hooks

EXHIBITION OPEN: 9AM–9PM, Monday–Friday November 12th-30th, 2018

KICK-OFF PARTY 6-11PM Thursday, November 15th
TRIPLE FEATURE FILM SCREENING 6-8:30PM Thursday, November 22nd
SISTERS IN MOTION WORKSHOP 5:30-8:30PM Thursday, November 29th

This event is open and free to the public.
Galerie VAV Gallery is wheelchair accessible.
Email to address any accessibility concerns.


Corrupted Portal


Juliana Delgado
Julie-Claude Vezeau-Croteau
Xan Shian
Gabriel Moreau
Petro Psillos
Laura Douglas
Jezabel Plamondon
Scarlet Fountain
Zacharie Potvin Williams
Jenna-Katheryn Heinemann

VERNISSAGE: 6–8:30PM + *mini* gallery tour at 7! Thursday, October 25th

EXHIBITION OPEN: 9AM –9PM, Monday–Friday October 22nd-November 9th, 2018

“People think one-point and two-point perspective is how the world actually looks, but of course, it isn’t. It’s a convention.”
-Roy Lichtenstein

Though we exist here together
We find ourselves thinking of alternate realities
Big and small shifts to our state
Fantasizing about them
Fearing them
Curious or concerned
Through alternates we comment on the past, question the present and reshape the future
These artists have opened fragile gateways through their pieces
Looking for connection
The boundary between their imaginations and our world is strained
The usual is made strange
Welcome to Corrupted Portal
We hope that you have a wonderful trip

This event is open and free to the public.
Galerie VAV Gallery is wheelchair accessible.
Email to address any accessibility concerns.




Phil Mercier
Francis Marcel Williams
Julia Woldmo
Will Alba
Alexey Lazarev
Owen Coolidge
William Sabourin
Francois Couture
Elisabeth Perrault
Berirouche Feddal

VERNISSAGE: 6–8:30PM Thursday, October 11th
EXHIBITION OPEN: 9AM–9PM, Monday–Friday, October 1st–19th, 2018

“A pair of socks is no less suitable to make a painting with than wood, nails, turpentine, oil and fabric.” -Robert Rauschenberg

An artwork can have an interesting physical identity or it can exist for the sake of exploring aesthetics and materials. An innate feeling in us reacts to these qualities. They can be pleasing to the eye or to the touch (but please do not touch the artworks). Art making can give us endless possibilities. This exhibition is composed of artworks exploring many concepts; medium-specific engagement, identity, migration, family legacies and labour to name a few. Nevertheless, all of these artworks create an experience by relating to one another in their physicality and their ingenuity in the exploration of materials.