The Marion Scott Gallery is pleased to present a special window
exhibition featuring new work by Vancouver artist Andrew
Owen. This unique street-front installation comprises
one large-scale work, entitled Brilliant
Cut, along with two smaller related works. All three pieces
belong to the artist's ongoing Excavations series.
keeping with Owen's desire to limit the distortion that arises
through any act of artistic interpretation, the works in the Excavation series
are created through a careful process of subtraction. He begins
by removing old sections of street hoardings whose surfaces have
been covered with layers of promotional posters and announcements.
Using these as found material, Owen painstakingly cuts through
their papered surfaces, varying the depth and stripping away the
accumulated matter according to a predetermined design. The procedure
results in colourful patterned images that manage to preserve the
texture and intrinsic beauty of their original environment.
to create the exhibition's principal work, Owen followed the geometry
of a diamond that has been cut using the "brilliant cut" style,
so named for its ability to refract the maximum light possible.
The resulting circular composition is almost kaleidoscopic in effect.
Cut is made from "low" and impermanent materials (ephemeral
posters), the composition itself is based on "high" and permanent
objects (a diamond), a contradiction that transforms Owen's work
into a play on the dichotomy between high and low, precious and
The two smaller
works in the exhibition are preparatory works, one the prototype
for Brilliant Cut, the other a maquette for another larger
composition. Striking creations in their own right, they also allow
viewers the opportunity to better understand Owen’s singular
The exhibition is complemented by two outdoor installations featuring two major
works from the artist’s parallel series of photo-cubic portraits. These
are both located in front of the Cambie Annex on Cordova Street, just a short
walk from MSG.