An exhibit about modern living will move from the Richmond Art Gallery to Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre this week.
Home Made Home, which runs in the Art Gallery at Evergreen until Nov. 4, launches Friday to coincide with the opening of the facility’s season. The free art reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. while the Derina Harvey Band kicks off the party in the Studio Theatre at around 7 p.m. (tickets for that event are $20).
Koh, who is the city of Vancouver’s first engineering artist-in-residence, a position that ends next June, created Home Made Home: Core and Home Made Home: Cart to Go, in 2016; its sequel Home Made Home: Lululiving (2018) will be featured at Evergreen and includes a 170 sq. ft. wood-framed micro-dwelling on wheels that can be used as a home and work space.
The compact, mobile living/employment area puts a focus on the current housing crisis facing residents in Metro Vancouver.
And though she is based in Vancouver, Koh is often building on Saltspring Island, a southern Gulf Island that’s also experiencing homelessness due to the high cost of living in B.C.
A former assistant curator of contemporary art with the National Gallery of Canada and an independent curator, Koh has displayed her work around the world including at De Appel in Amsterdam, Para Site in Hong Kong and the British Museum in London.
The Art Gallery at Evergreen (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) is open Wednesday to Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Visit evergreenculturalcentre.ca.