Parallel Realities

Kim Dorland, Wanda Koop, Dale Lewis

Works in the exhibition

Division Gallery is pleased to present Parallel Realities, a group exhibition featuring works by Kim Dorland, Wanda Koop and Dale Lewis. 

As urban visionaries, artists in this exhibition gather to contemplate the world as it stands today. Convincing stories of the young in a class-divided society by Dale Lewis; the formidable psychological experience of entering the unknown power of the woods by Kim Dorland, and through the veil of globalization, alternative sightlines to reimagine our relationship between the natural and the manufactured by Wanda Koop. Parallel Realities presents paintings of the interpreted world, one that is critical, glorious, and absurd.  A honest portrayal of our subconscious as well as a documentation of time and recollection. Using painting as platform for inquiry, artists in this exhibition present scenes that have been remembered and remixed, yet avoid idealization or romanticism. From a fixed perspective, these works underline that how we view our surroundings are decidedly dependent on where we stand and what we value. 

Kim Dorland (b. 1974, Wainwright, AB.) lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Dorland received his BFA from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, and received his MFA from York University, Toronto. He has exhibited globally, including shows in Milan, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, receiving reviews in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Dorland's work is in numerous prestigious public and private collections in Canada and abroad, including the Bank of Montreal; Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection; Glenbow Museum, Calgary; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Musée d'art contemporain, Montréal; Neumann Family Collection, New York; Oppenheimer Collection, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Kansas; Royal Bank of Canada; and Sander Collection, Berlin.  Kim Dorland is represented by Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, B.C., Canada and Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Wanda Koop (b. 1951, Vancouver, B.C.) lives and works in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Her painting career spans four decades and includes a major survey of her work mounted by the National Gallery of Canada in 2011. Koop has exhibited across Canada and the US, as well as in Europe, Asia, and South America. Koop has been the recipient of numerous awards, including honorary doctorates and Canadian medals of honour, including the nation's highest civilian honor - the Order of Canada - in 2006.  Koop's work can be found in the collections of TD Bank, Royal Bank of Canada, Air Canada, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, The Edmonton Art Gallery, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, The National Gallery of Canada, The Shanghai Museum of Modern Art, and The Reykjavik Art Museum, among others.

Dale Lewis (b. 1980, Essex, UK) lives and works in London, UK.  Lewis received his BFA from London Guildhall University, London, UK and his MFA from the University of Brighton, East Sussex, UK. Lewis is a recipient of the 2016 Jerwood Painting Fellowship. In 2016, Ken Johnson highlighted Lewis's work in a New York Times article that distinguished the top eight booths at that year's NADA New York. His paintings are represented in numerous prestigious private and public collections including the Saatchi Collection, Susan and Michael Hort Collection and David Roberts Art Foundation. Dale Lewis is represented by Choi and Lager Gallery, Seoul, Korea.