Elizabeth Zvonar: Ageless Ambiguity

May 3 – June 9, 2018

A long time ago when time was understood differently, there existed a wise old owl hoo inspired a dream about perception and light. This light was both warm and cool. It could open windows to places of wonder and close doors that forced possibility within limits. It could mirror the past and propose a future. The owl’s responsibility lay in her benign character to set the stage of opportunity with the best light for the job. This job might be remembered as minor yet in fact, this job was integral in order to keep a balanced perception. The repercussions could be felt for eons beyond and before.

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  • Installation view of Elizabeth Zvonar at Daniel Faria Gallery, 2018
  • Installation view of Elizabeth Zvonar at Daniel Faria Gallery, 2018
  • Installation view of Elizabeth Zvonar at Daniel Faria Gallery, 2018
  • Installation view of Elizabeth Zvonar at Daniel Faria Gallery, 2018
  • Installation view of Elizabeth Zvonar at Daniel Faria Gallery, 2018
  • Installation view of Elizabeth Zvonar at Daniel Faria Gallery, 2018
  • Elizabeth Zvonar, Storyteller, 2018
  • Future/Past, 2018
  • Peace Out, 2017
  • Skull, 2018
  • Samari, 2018
  • Peace Bong, 2018
  • Into the Great Wide Open, 2018
  • Party Central, 2017
  • Hello Helen, 2018

As time moved around, the owl took liberties with her responsibility and mucked with the warms and cools, getting lazy, making murky pools of dread where before it had been puffy clouds of consideration. This shift in light revealed the many facets of the owl’s nature, a surprising range of orbit that left the owl with feelings of grave duty mixed with wonder.

This new insight came with foresight to temper repetition, omission and juxtaposition as gestures that have potential for agency. The impact of which could be felt in the most imperceptible of layers of the before time and after time. What we do and how we do it has an affect and an effect. No job too small; no mountain too high. Be in control of your light.

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– Elizabeth Zvonar

Elizabeth Zvonar graduated from Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design in 2002, after having studied at both the Aichi Gakusen University in Toyota City (1994), and the Hokkaido University of Art & Design (1996). In 2008, Zvonar was the inaugural artist at the Malaspina Print Research Residency and more recently she participated in a BAIR residency at the Banff Centre.  Zvonar received the 2009 City of Vancouver Mayor’s Award for Emerging Visual Artist; in 2011 she was presented with the Emily Award for outstanding achievement by an Emily Carr alumna. From 2012-15, Zvonar held the post of City of Vancouver Artist in Residence. She received the VIVA Award, courtesy of the Shadbolt Foundation in 2015 and in 2016, a finalist of the AIMIA AGO Photography Prize. Zvonar has shown work most recently at the The Drake 150 and the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto as well as at the Burrard Arts Foundation and the Belkin Gallery in Vancouver. This spring 2018, Zvonar will launch a large outdoor billboard, Milky Way Smiling, as part of Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival at Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto located at 11 Bay Street.