Credit: Performance on January 30 by Patrick Cruz, Qian Cheng, and Francis Cruz.
Winter Launch with Patrick Cruz, Qian Cheng, and Francis Cruz
Celebrate the launch of our winter exhibit Facing Time on Instagram Live.
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Join Curator Jordan Strom, Curatorial Assistant Suvi Bains, and Interpretive Programmer Cecily Nicholson for a preview of our winter exhibition Facing Time.
Artists Patrick Cruz, Qian Cheng, and Francis Cruz will transport their bubble to the Gallery to share an Instagram Live makeover called "Passport" that addresses racial profiling, surveillance technologies, and societal norms of beauty, along with exhibition themes connecting representation and portraiture. Visit @surreyartgal on Instagram to tap in. Replays will be available on our Facebook and Youtube pages afterwards.
About the Artists
Patrick Cruz is a Filipino-Canadian artist based in Quezon City, Philippines, and Vancouver, BC as an uninvited guest on the land of the Coast Salish peoples –Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. Cruz studied Painting at the University of the Philippines and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, a certificate in clownology, and a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Guelph. His intuitive inquiry is informed by his interest in occult practices, cultural hybridity, the project of decolonization, and the paradoxical effects of globalization. Most recently, Cruz’s work has taken form in playful configurations manifesting in various activities such as cooking, curating, trading, and freestyle rapping.
Qian Cheng is a first-generation, Chinese immigrant artist and organizer based on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw, and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ Nations. She is interested in alternative organizational structuring, experimental ways of being together, and dreaming of better modes of living and working. Recently, Cheng co-founded gnome, a garden project in collaboration with her uncle, and she is currently a research fellow with M:ST Performative Art and the Black Empowerment Fund, focusing on mutual aid and resource distribution practices outside of the non-profit sphere.
Francis Cruz is a multidisciplinary hairstylist whose social art practice engages critical conversations, exchanges and potential transformations, customizing haircuts as a means of self-care and self-realization. A professionally trained hairstylist, he is currently working at Gloss Salon in Vancouver, BC. Cruz received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and also studied Clownology.