"In partnership with the Richmond Museum, the Richmond Art Gallery presents Eternal Return, an ambitious exhibition guest curated by Sunshine Frère presenting new works by five Vancouver-based artists: Barb Choit, Kevin Day, Lucien Durey, Alanna Ho and Anchi Lin. Each artist has selected artefacts from the Museum’s Migration Collection and developed works in direct dialogue with this eclectic array of historical objects." —Richmond Art Gallery

Engaging with bottles and fragments gathered from historically significant building sites in Richmond, this series of standing and hanging sculptures emphasizes found glass, gathered by various means in recent years. Original vocal compositions were written to accompany each work. In exhibition, scheduled a cappella performances echo live in the gallery, serving as cryptic and impermanent captions.

The gesture follows Joni Mitchell’s explanation for her late 60s song, Chelsea Morning, purportedly written for a mobile she made from pieces of coloured glass salvaged from the windows of a demolished Philadelphia home for unwed mothers. My material practice parallels her songwriting process, exploring new contexts for diminished personal narratives contained in found materials. In a broader sense, the project continues my interest in music mythology and how personal songs popularize, evolving to hold infinite and indefinite associations.

Saguaro (2017), glass, steel, copper, paint and rope. Photo by Blaine Campbell.

Saguaro (detail) (2017), glass, steel, copper, paint and rope. Photo by Blaine Campbell.

Saguaro (detail) (2017), glass, steel, copper, paint and rope. Photo by Blaine Campbell.

Installation views of Eternal Return at the Richmond Art Gallery, 2017. Documentation by Rachel Topham Photography.

Scarecrow (detail) (2017), glass, steel, lamps.

Scarecrow (detail) (2017), glass, steel, lamps.

Excerpts from Scarecrow, Visionary, Muse, Musa, Saguaro, Christiania (with Bess Durey, Mark Wolf & Emma Postl) (2017), performance, approximately 10 minutes. Video documentation by Kelly Lycan and Melanie Devoy.

Lucien Durey acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Lucien Durey remercie le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

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