in the garden is a collection of recent works by visual artists Bree Hyland and Ian Funke-McKay — musings on growth, patience, colour, seasons, and time.
Ian shares a series of 12 virtual garden drawings framed in plastic and aluminium; with titles like Pasture on the Bay and Rainbow — these prints are composed from hand-drawn elements, grafted icons, shimmering silhouettes, and a synthesis of colour tuned to a frequency of nature, abundance, soils, skies, and creatures. A set of colourized plaster assemblages are pressed from crystalline basaltic sand and overlaid with silicone charms, castings issued from a wondrous water.
The virtual garden drawings contnue on the third floor, in The Corridor Gallery.
Bree approaches her work like a visual journal, inspired by everyday observations, popular culture, and ancient art. In this selection of works on paper and hand-built sculpture, Bree’s direct, playful, and expressive compositions give a glimpse of the artists overture including flowers, birds, cats, and glamorous figures. Reminiscent of billboards, posters, or comic strips, the oil paintings on paper form a colourful collection of works made between 2020-2023, full of free-associative imagery and text.
In 2019 the artists returned to Ian’s hometown Scots Bay, on Plekteaq (the Bay of Fundy). They live, work, and grow, here in Mi’kma’ki, alongside their newborn Valentine.
12 Artist framed digital prints by Ian Funke-McKay. 16 works on Paper by Bree Hyland. 3 plaster relief sculptures by Ian Funke-McKay. 3 Painted Plaster forms by Bree Hyland.