The Poetics of Space

Karin Bubaš Photographs and Red Car, 2003 chromogenic print Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery Gift of Anne Morse and Jeremy Caddy in Memory of John and Elizabeth Caddy

Exhibition, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, until 24 May

Featured are historical and contemporary works that investigate the idea of space, whether the works are conceptually, analytically, or emotionally founded. The exhibition takes its title from Gaston Bachelard's 1958 book, which presents a psychic interpretation of ‘home’ and one's prototypical experiences of personal space; in the book the author discusses the way our perceptions of shelter begin to delineate the essence of how we think and imagine. Using this text as a starting point, the symbolic meaning of spaces as tied to ideas of perception, memory, intimacy, and experience is explored. The expansive and subjective ways in which artists have grappled with depicting and defining space over time are thereby revealed.