by Avalon Mott | Last week, Franc Gallery (formerly known as Initial Gallery), opened the doors of their new space at 1654 Franklin Street. Inclusive of WAAP, The Bakery, and Sunset Terrace, the building also houses a bunch of artist studios, so it’s good vibes all around.
The gallery’s inaugural exhibition, Form Being Foreseen: Pots of Place, brings together more than 50 ceramic pieces and photographs by Vancouver artist Glenn Lewis. The ceramic pieces were all created using local clay while on a trip to Japan, while the paired photographs – shot in Japan 40 years ago – detail magnificent native trees and gardens, focusing “on the paradisaical elements of Japanese gardens intended for contemplation and strolling”.
One particular pairing – dubbed “RyutenJi” – struck me specifically; I loved how the natural tonality of the clay played with the varied greens of the sloped gardens and tree canopies, and easily imagined the ceramic on a low floating shelf with the image above it in a well-lit entryway.
Artist: Glenn Lewis | Gallery: Franc Gallery
Piece: RyutenJi (ceramic vessel and photographic print) | Price: $950.00