Russell Leng: Peach Beach

Date(s) - January 15, 2015 - January 21, 2015
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Dynamo Arts Association

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DAA presents Russell Leng: Peach Beach Opening Reception Thursday, January 8, 2015, 7:00pm January 8, 2015 – January 21, 2015
Peach Beach
Finally, land in the distance. The boat drops anchor. We push the deep, opaque waves aside and swim slowly (a synchronized Back Stroke) as now translucent fields of water roll over us. The beach is getting closer.
Feet touch ground. We’re on a rock made of little rocks. Objects break through the sand, reminding us that we’re here to explore, to find what was left here for us. Did you remember a bag or box to bring back our findings?
How long would you like to stay? Maybe we’ll carve a path deeper into the island. And leave a trace but remember to always prod the surface …with whichever tool you choose. Dig, heave, hoe- make new piles beside us as we uncover and arrange our collections. Looking and searching, its dark now.
Flashlights illuminate a promising dune. Section it off, build a grid over top and call the others. Dig, dig you digger! Hard as rock hard as hearts. You found it, you are here. Now let’s keep going and collect some more.
Mine for it, dig for it, jump up and down. Build a rope swing, then disassemble it, and build another one somewhere else: up there! Climb up the side of the hill, race to the edge. Inward dive (2 1/2 Somersaults in the Pike Position).
Continue your descent, deeper into the water. It’s getting colder and darker but there is something down here. I know your vision is cloudy but start digging with your hands. Pull back the sand and find it.
Russell Leng is a Canadian artist based in Vancouver, Canada. He received an MFA in Contemporary Art Practice from Edinburgh College of Art in 2013, and a BA from Trinity Western University in 2009. His work has been collected and exhibited at galleries worldwide including Beers.Lambert (London), FFDG (San Francisco), Hungryman Gallery (San Francisco and Chicago), Fleming Collection (London), Embassy Gallery (Edinburgh), Avalanche! Institute of Contemporary Art (Calgary). He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Andrew Grant Bequest, Saltire Scholarship, Surrey Art Gallery Painting Prize, and was recently nominated for Paint Like You Mean It Painting Prize, and Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014. His work has been featured and reviewed in numerous publications including Hunted Projects, Canadian Art Magazine, and Vice Magazine.

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