Image credit: Willoughby Arevalo

Nature Walk with Willoughby Arevalo and Kasper Feyrer

SAT OCT 28 / 2 – 4PM

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Join mycologist Willoughby Arevalo, artist Kasper Feyrer, and SFU Galleries Curator Kristy Trinier for a fungi nature walk in connection with the Audain Gallery exhibition, Kasper Feyrer: Turn Toward.

With the hands of an artist, eyes of an ecologist, and the heart of a deeply connected human, Willoughby Arevalo brings the practical and the joyful together through the science and wonder of mycology, interdisciplinary visual and performing arts, and education. In his lifelong relationship with fungi, he has spent over a decade sharing mycology in his home communities and across North America. Together with his life partner and collaborator, Isabelle Kirouac, he facilitates the Art & Fungi Project, which offers collaborative artistic workshops and residencies in schools, community centers, art spaces and parks around Western Canada and beyond. These experiences invite community participants to not only learn from fungi, but to grow their true earthly relationships. He is the author of DIY Mushroom Cultivation: Growing Mushrooms at Home for Food, Medicine, and Soil (2019), a book that decomposes barriers to small scale mushroom growing.

Raised by parents of Jewish, Peruvian, and Western European ancestry in Arcata, California, on Wiyot and Yurok Territories, he lives and strives to be a good guest on Coast Salish Territory in Vancouver, BC, and wherever he goes. When not hanging out in the forest with his mushroom friends, he can be found cooking up magic in his kitchen, playing out imaginary scenarios with his kid, drumming in the neighbourhood brass band, or weaving giant sculptures out of living willow.

Kasper Feyrer was born in lək̓ʷəŋən Territory, and now lives and works on the unceded territories of the səlilwətaɬ, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm. They root their practice in an embodied engagement with celluloid filmmaking and sculpture, with emphasis on the body’s relationship to these media. Feyrer graduated with a Meisterschülerin from the Städelschule in Frankfurt, Germany in 2010, and received a Bachelor of Media Arts, Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design in 2004. They have held solo exhibitions at Dazibao, Montreal (2019); Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver (2018); POTTS, Los Angeles (2017); Western Front, Vancouver (2014); Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver (2012); and Artspeak, Vancouver (2010). Their work has been included in group exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery (2017, 2016); the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton (2013); and Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver (2012). In collaboration with artist Tamara Henderson, Feyrer has presented exhibitions at Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2016); Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver (2016); Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia (2015); and Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff (2013).