An Exercise in Listening | All for Water

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Genevieve Robertson, Alluvial Fan, 2019, silt collected from the Kinbasket, Rosevelt, McNarry and Wanapum reservoirs along the Columbia River on paper. Installation view, Spill (3 September-1 December 2019), at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia. Photo: Rachel Topham Photography.

An Exercise in Listening

Canfor Gallery – April 23rd to July 4th, 2021

Ruth Cuthand, Annie Dunning, Genevieve Robertson & Kelsey Stephenson

Through sculpture, sonic art, video, drawing and printmaking, An Exercise in Listening explores themes such as place, change, ignorance, and deep engagement. This exhibition aims to provoke reflection on climate change and human environmental impact upon our fresh water resources. Freshwater health, access, security, and biodiversity are all impacted by climate change – a global crisis that has been known for over thirty years. Yet, in spite of a multitude of warnings form scientists, politicians, artists, and citizens, humanity largely remains on a capitalist trajectory defined by growth and resource extraction. In response to our current predicament, this exhibition asks how each of us can do a better job of listening to the planet and to each other.


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Joanne Salé, Dream 2, 2017. Acrylic on unstretched canvas. 36’’ x 96’’.

All for Water

Canfor Gallery – April 23rd to July 4th, 2021

Morgan Asoyuf, Shirley Babcock, Luke Blackstone, Lori Goldberg, Anna Gustafson, Corey Hardeman, David Harder, Bill Horne, Betty Kovacic, Anna-Maria Lawrie, Evan Locke, Neil McClelland, Catherine Ruddell, Joanne Salé, June Yun

All for Water aims to provoke critical thinking around the global availability and health of freshwater, including the social, economic and political change required to protect this resource for generations to come. According to UN-Water, an inter-agency of the United Nations, it is estimated that by 2050 there will be insufficient freshwater for all the earth’s inhabitants. Currently, Canada’s lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands hold twenty percent of the world’s freshwater. As residents of this country there is a great responsibility to take care of its water and to be prepared, potentially, to share it with those beyond our borders.


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Kelsey Stephenson, Divining, 2016. Print installation: monotype, digital print, silkscreen, etching. Variable dimensions, full scale size of 9’ × 72’.

Virtual Artist Talk with Annie Dunning, Genevieve Robertson & Kelsey Stephenson

Thursday, April 22nd at 7:00pm PT

Please join us as for a live discussion on the upcoming exhibition An Exercise in Listening with artists Annie Dunning, Genevieve Robertson & Kelsey Stephenson live on the Two Rivers Gallery Facebook Page.


*Our space is accessible.*

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