Explore colour-themed groupings of objects in these still life videos.

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Surrey Art Gallery - 13750 88 Ave

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April Hickox’s grid of monochromatic video animations alludes to the history of still life, the limits of the archive and the material traces of artistic education. The artist takes a vast array of art school props, used for many years in drawing and painting classes, and reorganizes them into whimsical and, at times, absurd new groupings. With these stop-motion compositions, Hickox investigates the manner in which “art” is determined, how it gains value in our society and what are its otherwise invisible aspects.

About the Artist

April Hickox is a lens-based artist, teacher, and independent curator. She has been producing for over 35 years and her work includes photography, film, video, and installation works. April's work is based in narratives, the passage from one experience to another in the life process encompassing history, memory, and site.

She has been supported by all levels of funding throughout her career and has exhibited nationally and internationally. An active community leader, she is the founding director of Gallery 44 Center For Contemporary Photography and a founding member of Tenth Muse Studio and Artscape.

April is currently Associate Professor of Photography at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto.

Image credit: Installation image of April Hickox, Variations Primaries (detail). 4 channel video installation. Photo by Scott Massey.