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Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, Canada
Closed for installation
until June 7, 2024

Admission always free
17 Feb 89until25 Mar 89

Cynthia Short

555 Hamilton St

In the corner of a gallery, there are two large, dark charcoal drawings on the walls. One drawing shows a galaxy with planets and swirls. The other shows a nude angel walking, with their face turned.

Cynthia Short is a Canadian artist currently living in New York City. Her drawings and sculptural floor pieces have been widely shown in Eastern Canada with exhibitions at Mercer Union and Wynick Tuck in Toronto, Powerhouse in Montreal, Eye Level in Halifax, and at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. John Bentley Mays, writing in the Globe and Mail, described her show at Mercer Union as "a disturbing minor masterpiece of psychological fiction." Her powerful drawings operate at the intersection of several tendencies in contem­porary art practice: they are at once expressionistic in form, mythological and psychological in content and often unsettling in effect. Her work has been compared to that of Miro and Gorky, and justifiably so, given its “out of a dream” quality. This is Cynthia Short's first Vancouver exhibition.