Vance Wright

Exhibition: 27 May – 17 June 2023

Artist Talk: Saturday, June 10, 2023 @ 1:00 PM

Closing Reception: Saturday, June 17, 2023 @ 5:00 – 7:00 PM


Oxygen Art Centre is delighted to present the exhibition, “Tracelines” by Vance Wright from Saturday, May 27, 2023, to Saturday, June 17, 2023.


Wright is a two-spirit reconnecting member of the Tl’azt’en Nation who was born on the traditional territories of the S’inix’t Nation, colonially known as Nelson, BC. An emerging artist and curator, Wright is currently engaged in an undergraduate degree at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Critical & Cultural Practices and Sculpture.


The exhibition follows Wright’s residency, which took place from Wednesday, April 26, 2023, to Saturday, May 20, 2023. During their residency Wright explored various threads in their practice concerning concepts of trace and portals, and how they relate to curatorial practice.


New and existing works compose the exhibition including textiles that draw on technical camouflage and sculptures incorporating beadwork practices. Wright also includes a new series of bentwood boxes created while in residence. The exhibition situates Wright’s works against a vibrant background that creates a cohesive installation to explore decolonialism through text, texture, and traditional practices.


Tracelines will be on view from Saturday, May 27, 2023, to Saturday, June 17, 2023. Oxygen Art Centre will be open to the public Wednesdays to Saturdays from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM during the exhibition run. Admission is free or by donation.


The public are invited to attend an Artist Talk to learn more about the exhibition, the artworks, and Wright’s artistic practice on Saturday, June 10, 2023, from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM.


Oxygen Art Centre will also host a celebration of the exhibition, Tracelines, with a Closing Reception on Saturday, June 17, 2023, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Light refreshments will be available.


Admission to the exhibition and all events are free or by donation. Everyone welcome.


This program is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the British Columbia Arts Council.

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