Exhibition: Suspended in a Sunbeam at Kafka's

 March 23 – April 30, 2018  Kafka’s Coffee & Tea , 2525 Main Street (at Broadway), Vancouver   Opening Reception : Friday, March 23 • 8pm - 11pm

March 23 – April 30, 2018
Kafka’s Coffee & Tea, 2525 Main Street (at Broadway), Vancouver
Opening Reception: Friday, March 23 • 8pm - 11pm

Join me Friday, March 23 for the opening of my solo exhibition at Kafka's, featuring recent sculptural and watercolour collage works. You'll be among the first to see the new wood wall sculptures I've created, too!

The titles of the exhibit and the two bodies of work featured in it, Suspended in a Sunbeam and A Mote of Dust, are derived from a line in a famous passage from Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot). It's such a beautiful thing to think about how small we are in the vastness of it all. And how the image from Voyager 1 that inspired the passage, as Sagan states so beautifully, "underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."

Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there--on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
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There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.

- Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994

Showing at Kafka's means a lot to me as its walls have displayed the work of so many Vancouver artists that I admire; it's an honour to follow in their footsteps. Thank you to Michael Schwartz, Curator & Arts Coordinator at Kafka's, for the chance to do so.

Also huge thank you to my beautiful friends who put all this work on the walls while I looked on with heart eyes! 😍 Kevin Krebs & Kari Kristensen (these kids are on the level!) and Sandeep Johal (siren of the spackle!).

The official opening of the show is Friday, March 23, with a reception that evening at 8pm (and you're invited!). For a sneak peak, pop by Kafka's this week or visit the online gallery.

To make a purchase, drop a line to Michael Schwartz at art@kafkascoffee.ca