Joan Balzar: Vancouver Orbital, installation view, 2011, SFU Gallery. Photo: Blaine Campbell.

Joan Balzar: Vancouver Orbital

SFU Gallery, Burnaby
March 5 – April 21, 2011

Vancouver Orbital re-examines the evolution of West Coast hard-edge abstraction, as seen through the lens of Joan Balzar’s quasi-scientific paintings of orbits, arcs and horizon lines. These works were created between the 1960s and 2010 and are a key strand in Balzar’s 50 years of abstract painting, which she produced in a global context, exploring the role and impact of non-referential art—a project that never left real-world references far behind. The exhibition and its catalogue explore the aesthetic and philosophical links between Balzar’s abstract painting and a range of real-world phenomena, including other orbital phenomena in Greater Vancouver.

Curated by Bill Jeffries.


Opening Reception
Saturday, March 5, 2011, 3–5pm

Lunchtime Tours of the Exhibition
Tuesday, March 8, 12:05pm and 12:35pm
Wednesday, March 9, 12:05pm and 12:35pm
Thursday, March 10, 12:05pm and 12:35pm
Friday, March 11,12:05pm and 12:35pm