Libby Leshgold Gallery

READ Edition 6 by Elizabeth Zvonar
READ Edition 7 by Mathew Sawyer & Ron Tran

Please join us for the launch of two new prints in the READ Edition series.

Elizabeth Zvonar is the 6th artist to contribute to the series. Her photographic collage Eileen presents us with a portrait of the iconic New York/Marfa-based poet Eileen Myles, who has read her poetry and prose at READ Books on several occasions and whose work has had a lasting influence on Vancouver artists and writers. For READ Edition 7, Ron Tran and Mathew Sawyer’s Doritos — Best Western, Washington is an impromptu collaborative work that resulted out of a road trip in the USA that the artists embarked on in February 2017.

A performance by Sawyer and Tran will start at 8:30pm.

READ Editions is an ongoing series of prints produced by artists. The series includes works by Janice Kerbel, Neil Wedman, Babak Golkar and Rodney Graham.

About the artists

Elizabeth Zvonar uses collage, sculpture, and photography to question and critique Western art from the Classical period to pop culture today. Within her work, Zvonar engages with a feminist perspective to further highlight the imbalances of representation and cultural bias. Zvonar is represented by the Daniel Faria Gallery in Toronto. She has held solo exhibitions at Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite, Gallery 295, Contemporary Art Gallery, and Artspeak Gallery. Zvonar’s work has been exhibited in group exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Soil Gallery in Seattle, Art Labour Gallery in Shanghai, The Quiet Music Festival of Portland in Seattle and many others. She was presented with the VIVA AWARD by The Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation for the Visual Arts (2015) and was given the City of Vancouver Mayor’s Award for Emerging Visual Artist (2009).

Mathew Sawyer is a visual artist and musician who lives and works in London. Sawyer studied at Chelsea College of Art & Design and The Royal College of Art. His artwork has been shown internationally in solo and group exhibitions, including The Distance Between Me and You at the Lisson Gallery, Documentary Creations at Museum of Art, Luzern, Protest and Survive at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, Pardon Me at the Charles H. Scott Gallery and Frieze Art Fair. His band, Mathew Sawyer and The Ghosts, have released a number of albums with Fire Records (UK) including Blue Birds Blood (2007), originally released on Stolen Recordings and Catbird Records (US), How Snakes Eat (2010) and Sleep Dreamt A Brother (2013).

Vancouver-based artist Ron Tran employs a wide range of media including sculpture, photography, video, performance and installation, to create artworks that shift understandings of public and private space, and question ideas of individual ownership. Ron Tran studied at Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design and has participated in group and solo exhibitions in Canada, Europe, and Asia. He was recently awarded the Mayor’s Arts Award (Vancouver, 2015), the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien residency (Berlin, 2014) and was presented with the VIVA AWARD by The Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation for the Visual Arts (2012). His work is featured in Avant-Gardes of The 21st Century published by Phaidon Press.

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Elizabeth Zvonar, Eileen, 2018