Artists examining landscape in new show

City and Smoke

City and Smoke

The latest show at the New Creations Art Gallery explores two aspects of landscape.

Artist Maurice Bouchard’s work examines the issue of consumption and how it affects the world we live in, while gallery owner Jack Prasad’s work reflects the beauty found in the world all around us.

“In the wide open prairie where I come from, we are surrounded by nature, grasslands and sky as far as you can see,” says Bouchard, who began questioning “our” place in the world after he moved to Vancouver in 1999.

“Our way of life is not working with our planet; it is a contradiction, an abstraction. In my paintings, I am trying to represent this unbalance. I consider our cities and our industries as an infection to the living world. We are its cancer, its disease, and we are the only ones who can change this dysfunction. We must unite together in a common goal of preservation and try to stop this relentless consumption.”

• Examining The Landscape is at New Creations, 22409 McIntosh Avenue in Maple Ridge until the end of July.