Join us for an Artist Talk, as part of the measure exhibition, featuring award-winning artist Annette S. Lee (U.S.A).

Saturday, September 23, 2023 | 1:00 - 2:30pm
Anvil Centre Theatre, 3rd Floor
777 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC, V3M 1B6

About Annette S. Lee
Annette S. Lee is an American astrophysicist and artist. She has developed a multidisciplinary approach to art as social practice and social justice in the areas of painting, mixed media and now digital media. She identifies as mixed race, Lakota, Irish and Chinese; her communities are Ojibwa, D(L)akota. She is Director of Native Skywatchers, a program created to record, map and share indigenous start knowledge. Annette has functioned as Professor of Astronomy and Physics at various institutions in the United States and worldwide and has been Distinguished Lecturer in the Arts & Sciences (Physics and Astronomy). Annette will speak on her practice and on Dagwaagin, Ptanyetu, her installation in the measure exhibition.

For more information on the artist and their work, go to measure exhibition on this website.

About the measure exhibition
September 24 - December 17, 2023

Matthew Biederman, USA/Canada
Iterating Colour Field, Sorted and Measured Three Times, 2008

Annette S. Lee, USA
Dagwaagin, Ptanyetu, Fall Soundscape. Finding Stillness in the Motion, 2022

Félicie d’Estienne d’Orves, France
Light Standard (Series), Sun, 2015 Light Standard (Series) , Venus, 2015

James Nizam, Canada
Earth Spin Moon Orbit (Trace), 2019

Alan Storey, Canada
Time Dilation, 2021

Semiconductor, UK
Heliocentric, 2010

It has been suggested that time was the first measure. The act of witnessing, questioning and documenting the movement of day into night; the change of seasons; the cyclical movement of sun, moon, and stars…these delineations have connected us intimately to our environment. Even before we were human, this type of phenomenological measure was “written into our biology, hard-coded in our DNA as circadian rhythms….coordinat(ing) each of our bodies to the spin of the planet that is our home”. (1)

We have spent millennia devising breathtaking strategies and tools to measure distance, time, speed, capacity…from the span of the heavens, to the clock, to the internal structure of our planet. Measurements that are increasingly refined, and standardized; subject to the occasional imaginative burst that rocks our world and changes everything. How will technology continue to affect our tangible, corporeal connections with the natural world?

MEASURE reflects on the interconnections of time, light, colour, season, the movement of celestial bodies, and how we perceive the measure of all these things. Seven remarkable artists working at the intersection of science, art and technology capture a measure of the world around us; acknowledging their place in a technologically mediated world, while remaining grounded in the senses and a suggestion of embodied experience.

(1) Beyond Measure, James Vincent

Founded in 2014, New Media Gallery (NMG) is a contemporary public art gallery in metro Vancouver, run by the City of New Westminster. NMG has developed an international profile, focussing on artists whose practice includes new media and advanced technologies. Working with some of the most exciting and provocative artists in the world, we have curated 29 unique, group exhibitions bringing in works from more than 160 artists and 39 countries. We champion processes and ideas that explore the creative potential and provocative ways that technology is used to create and communicate through art. Equitable, authentic and direct engagement and dialogue is pivotal to our gallery practice. As well as world-class exhibitions we develop and offer a wide range of innovative art + technology programs, educational opportunities, outreach, cultural partnerships and exhibition-related events. Our creative technology studio is known as theLAB. Here we focus on encouraging a broad understanding of how technology can be used for creative purposes, pedagogy, critical thinking and the creation of meaning. NMG and theLAB are housed in the Anvil Centre, an 84,000 sq ft cultural venue in the downtown core of New Westminster.

co-Director/Curator : Sarah Joyce | 1.604.875.1865