Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

May 02, 2013 13:11 ET

Centre A Announces New Gallery Location and Opening Exhibition

Centre A Announces New Gallery Location on East Georgia Street, and the Launch of New Video Installation "Hearts and Arrows" by Vancouver Based Artist Khan Lee

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - May 2, 2013) - Centre A: Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is pleased to announce their new location on East Georgia street, as well as the launch of the new video installation "hearts and arrows" by Vancouver artist Khan Lee. Centre A, previously located in Vancouver's downtown east side, is now located in the heart of city's vibrant and trendy Chinatown. The new gallery space is located just off Main street, a popular area for the city's art scene. The location lends an intimate atmosphere to Centre A's exhibitions, and is particularly suited to local Vancouver artist Khan Lee's "hearts and arrows". Lee's work is compelling for his uniquely Vancouver perspective.

"What strikes me about Lee's work, in contrast to an older generation of Asian-Canadian artists, is that it portrays an Asian man who is very much at ease with his identity within Vancouver's landscape," says Haema Sivanesan, director of Centre A. The exhibition "hearts and arrows" takes its title from a new durational video work by Lee that depicts the process of the artist making a diamond shaped ice carving. Set against the stunning backdrop of Vancouver's city lights and working port, the artist labours from dusk to dawn to achieve the perfect form. "hearts and arrows" literally refers to the intricate faceting of brilliant cut diamonds. The artist compares and contrasts the material quality of ice and diamonds. The mood of the piece is introspective, yet optimistic and celebratory.

"I wanted to create an all-inclusive magical moment when everything happens to appear in unison, but also reflect all of the daily events, localities, dramas, satisfactions, frustrations, and struggles as a person and as an artist," explains Lee.

"hearts and arrows" is a fitting new work to inaugurate Centre A's new gallery space in Chinatown, and will be on display from May 24- July 27th, 2013.


May 24 - July 27, 2013
Gallery Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11am-6pm
Preview Reception: Thursday, May 23, 2013, 6pm

About Centre A: Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

Centre A is Vancouver's leading public art gallery for Contemporary Asian art. Established in 1999, the gallery has presented the works of over 300 Canadian and international artists and has produced over 80 original projects. Centre A is a non-profit art gallery committed to the research, production, presentation, and interpretation of contemporary Asian art.

Centre A provides a platform for art that engages and educates, promoting critical thought and reflective experiences. The Centre's gallery space, in the heart of Vancouver's Chinatown, lends itself to artists and guests from diverse backgrounds wishing to gather, discuss, and exchange ideas.

Centre A has also established itself as a prime creative venue to support Asian art community growth. Centre A makes a significant contribution to Vancouver's cultural landscape by contributing to the cultural infrastructure of the city, and foregrounding a range of diverse contemporary artistic practices. Centre A commissions and curates exhibitions, performance art projects, symposia, occasional residencies, publications and educational programs that contextualize the work of Asian-Canadian artists within a national and international context.

Centre A gratefully acknowledges the support of:

The Canada Council for the Arts, the BC Arts Council, BC Community Gaming Grant program, the City of Vancouver, Cultural Services, and the generosity of our patrons, donors, members and volunteers.

For additional information please visit or contact Kelly Scott at 604-734-4223.

Available for comment on hearts and arrows:

Centre A Director: Haema Sivanesan

Artist: Khan Lee

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