I Spy: Elizabeth Zvonar

  • January 10, 2020 - March 1, 2020
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Friday, January 10th - Sunday, March 1st 2020
  • Location: The Polygon Gallery
  • Address:
  • 101 Carrie Cates Court
  • North Vancouver, BC V7M3J4
  • Admission: By donation
  • Phone: 1 604 986 1351

Elizabeth Zvonar is a Vancouver artist who works extensively with collage techniques and sculpture. Zvonar draws material from a broad spectrum of sources to produce savvy, sardonic, and often comical juxtapositions that critique socio-cultural norms. Her works—vivid, colourful, and alluring—are examinations of subliminal power dynamics and ideologies in visual culture. 

Her exhibition, I Spy, features two new large-scale murals and recent photographic collages that allude to how we look at and make sense of photographs. Photography is Hard, a mural installed on the second-floor landing, makes reference to The Polygon as a place dedicated to the medium of photography. Here Zvonar experiments with new techniques favouring concealment and removal over addition and excess as with her photo-collages. She works with analogue and digital tools, combining cut images from various mass market magazines to create evocative pictures. In this altered portrait, drawn by Lucien Freud circa 1945, the actress, bohemian, and aristocrat Pauline Tennant appears poised to look through a camera lens.

Of this work Zvonar has said: “photography is hard precisely because the form and the meaning will inevitably shift. Photography is many things including a vinyl print on a wall writ large of an image of a drawing looking through a lens whose focus is controlled by a contrary set of hands.” Another mural is a densely layered montage of images from magazine pages and postcards culled from Zvonar’s expansive personal archive of source material. 

About the Artist
Since graduating from Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design in 2002, Elizabeth Zvonar has earned many accolades for artistic achievement including the 2009 City of Vancouver Mayor’s Award for Emerging Visual Artist; the 2011 Emily Award for outstanding achievement by an Emily Carr alumna; and the 2015 Shadbolt Foundation’s VIVA award. Her work was featured in solo and group exhibitions in Canada at numerous galleries including Artspeak, Western Front, Contemporary Art Gallery, Mercer Union, the Vancouver Art Gallery, Evergreen Cultural Centre, and Burrard Arts Foundation; and has exhibited internationally in New York, Australia, Japan and Belgium. She currently has a block-long outdoor mural installed in Toronto and will be included in an exhibition at Musée d'art de Joliette in winter 2020. Zvonar is represented by Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto.

Image: Elizabeth Zvonar, Storyteller, 2018, courtesy the artist and Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto

Friday, January 10th - Sunday, March 1st 2020

The Polygon Gallery, North Vancouver BC

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I Spy: Elizabeth Zvonar
101 Carrie Cates Court