B.C. Sugar Refinery. Picnic. Bowen Island. 6 August 1921. Dominion Photo Co. AM1535-: CVA 99-5120
watercolour on paper, 2018
16 x 20 in 40.6 x 50.8 cm
Collection of the Artist
Clint Burnham, Serpentine Path, Espace, Issue 121, Winter 2019
Terminal Creek Contemporary, Bowen Island, Serpentine Path curated by Patrik Andersson, September 25 - August 26, 2018
Kim Kennedy Austin is an artist based in Vancouver, Canada. Recent solo exhibitions include You, Only Better at Burrard Arts Foundation (2017); Fast Girls Get There First at Wil Aballe Art Projects (2017); and Industry, Charity, Faith, Hope at West Vancouver Art Museum (2015). Recent group exhibitions include Trapped in 2020 (2020) and Leftovers at Trapp Projects (2019); Serpentine Path at Terminal Creek Contemporary on Bowen Island (2018); and Metamorphosis at Vancouver Art Gallery (2018). Austin’s work has been collected by Burnaby Art Gallery, West Vancouver Art Museum, Vancouver Art Gallery, and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. Austin is represented by Wil Aballe Art Projects. In 2017, Austin presented a new body of work, a result of her artist residency at BAF. These works explored the subject of self-betterment through the advertisements found in American home and fitness magazines from the mid-20th century to comment on the capitalist rise of the “keeping-up-with-the-Joneses" consumerism of the post-WWII era.
Austin is an interdisciplinary artist working across disparate mediums including drawing, printmaking, beading, embroidery, and watercolour. The artist takes her inspiration from often beauty-based pop culture steeped in contexts of capitalism including magazines, love songs, and young adult novels. BC Sugar Refinery. Picnic. Bowen Island. 6 August 1921 is a part of Company Picnic, a series of nine watercolours using photographs from the Bowen Island Museum and Archives and other of Annual Company Picnics that took place on the island during the 1920s and 1930s. BC Sugar Refinery. Picnic. Bowen Island. 6 August 1921 is a unique work.
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