José Luis Torres: Transition

New Exhibition Explores Facets of Migration


February 11 – April 9, 2023
Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George

Two Rivers Gallery is thrilled to introduce Transition, a one-of-a-kind art installation created by Québec City-based artist José Luis Torres. Torres is coming all the way across Canada to create work especially for the Gallery that explores his perspective on the experience of relocation. This sculptural work will take over the exhibition space from February 11th to April 9th, 2023.

Transition invites us to consider three themes Torres feels are central to the experience of immigration: camouflage, reflection, and construction. To encourage reflection on these topics, Torres is single-handedly constructing an all-encompassing structure within the Gallery and furnishing it with everyday objects. Visitors will find themselves surrounded by familiar domestic items like mirrors, glassware, and dining sets that have been plucked from local secondhand stores and given a new life. Torres selected these everyday objects because they are precisely the essential items many of us seek out when building a new home. Transition calls into question things that many of us take for granted. What makes a place home? What do we take with us when we go?

José Luis Torres is no stranger to migration; while he has been based out of Québec since 2003, he was born in Argentina. This profound environmental and cultural shift has greatly influenced his work, which focuses largely on the experiences of adapting and contributing to a new environment. Of his artistic practice, Torres says that his works “touch on the notion of the memories of a location, a building and the inhabitants.” We hope you join Two Rivers Gallery in welcoming José Luis Torres to consider the past of the Gallery and provide new memories for the people of Prince George.

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