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'Over the Counter Culture'

at the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art

Show runs until December 16th, 2015


Opening Night: Saturday, 3 October 2015 from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM (PDT)

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Phantoms in the Front Yard is proud to have this exhibition be a portion of
Scene and Unseen - an Arts Encounter
at the Gordon Smith Gallery.
2121 Lonsdale Ave,North Vancouver, British Columbia V7M 2K6

Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm

Show runs until December 16th, 2015
For further Gallery information
contact 604-998-8563 or Click.

'Happy Train' by Michael Abraham, oil on linen, 20x16 inches

For their 10th biannual themed exhibition, Vancouver-based figurative collective Phantoms in the Front Yard explores drug culture and its impact. Whether legal, illegal, pharmaceutical, naturopathic, synthetic, or cultivated, drugs have an ever more varied presence on our media, conversations, and society in general. From their use and misuse to their purpose, promise and prominence, they are tied to still wider spectrum of societal issues.

Over the Counter Culture makes reference to propaganda posters, contemporary advertising, fictional and technical literature, and historical print and painting styles, to explore the evolving complexities circling the perceptions and uses of drugs in cultures past and present.

Featuring Artists: Michael Abraham, Jeremiah Birnbaum, Jay Senetchko, Paul Morstad, Bruce Pashak, Jonathan Sutton, and Caroline Weaver, in collaboration with curator Pennylane Shen, and guest artist James Knight.


Below are some of the Photos from the Show. Link to the 'North Shore News' article here.

Installation photo of 'Over the Counter Culture'.

Caroline Weaver - images for 'Over The Counter Culture'.

The Fix, an installation at the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art, with painting by Michael Abraham, left, and Paul Morstad, right.

Artemisia Absinthia, by Paul Morstad, Watercolour on paper

Apotheosis of Evasion for Men and Women, By Jay Senetchko, 2015.

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Crowin', Jeremiah Birnbaum, charcoal on paper, 30 x 22 inches — at Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art.

Upper mezzanine photo. Artwork by Jeremiah Birnbaum, James Knight, Jonathan Sutton, and Jay Senetchko...

Paintings by Jay Senetchko

Artwork By Michael Abraham

By Bruce Pashak

The crowd during a perfomance in the main Gallery.

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Founded in 2010, Phantoms in the Front Yard (PITFY) is a Vancouver-based figurative artist collective focused on elevating the human figure’s role as muse in the Canadian contemporary art scene. The diverse collective features artists from a broad range of career stages, and takes a unique, collaborative approach to developing and exhibiting figurative work. PITFY shows take place in unusual settings and are shorter than typical exhibitions, creating excitement around figurative art for all, not just among academics and industry veterans.

For each of our shows one group member artist proposes a theme that the entire group then develops work around.

The collaborative nature of this process continues to result in exciting work from exhibition to exhibition.

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