Sarah Davidson: the scrap collector
Opening Reception: Friday, September 9, 7 - 11 pm
in conjunction with Swarm 17 festival of artist run culture

Gam Gallery, 110 E Hastings St.
Exhibition Dates: September 10 - October 15, 2016
Gallery Hours: Friday + Saturday, 1 - 5 pm

Gam Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Sarah Davidson. Moving between drawing, painting, collage and sculpture, the scrap collector is a series of works that elicit the curiosity and study of an amateur natural historian. Fragments of abstract forms and fleeting imagery are carefully laid on paper or suspended like specimens within a floating frame. Using history books or her own photographs as reference material, Davidson’s work is a puzzle presented for the viewer to decipher. In this shared experience between the artist and the public, narratives of time, space and memory are created in the play between shape, colour and line. As a collection, the works are both playful and pointed: they appeal through their delicate humour, wrapping art historical references in webs of ornamental marks. Beyond the historical, the works evoke the character of the scrap collector as she records her own experiences of place, reconfigured as a series of shapes that hover between affect and archive.

Sarah Davidson is an artist based in Vancouver. She graduated from Emily Carr University in 2015. Solo exhibitions in 2016 have included Backgrounds at Chernoff Fine Art, Scrap Map at Project Space and Mapping IRL at WePress Gallery. Recent group exhibitions include Puddle Popper at Dynamo Arts Association in collaboration with Sonja Ratkay, Juli Majer and Melanie Thibodeau. Davidson has written for local arts publications ISSUE magazine and Bartleby Review, and published artist books through Satellite Gallery in 2013 and 2014. Davidson recently completed a residency supported by Sandnes kommune and Rogaland fylkeskommune in Sandnes, Norway. Her work will be featured in Kolaj Magazine #17, and in an upcoming two-person exhibition at The Bakery, Vancouver.