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Joshua Van Dyke: Trace Marks

Bench 1775 Gallery
Joshua Van Dyke: Trace Marks


This exhibition examines the movement of data between digital and analog space, tracing the migration of things as they shift between states, the falling away of their meaning and its reconstruction. This idea was tested by visualizing ecological data models through an automated reduction process to simulate a continuity of wildlife migratory patterns.  This process explores material as a vector for accumulated knowledge, illustrating a contraction of Woodland Caribou populations in British Columbia over a twenty-two year period.  The use of modern cartography and digital manufacturing processes references visually a history of narrative and spatial representation, such as relief carving, cartographic projection, and cognitive mapping, relevant today as the meaningful interface between man, the wilderness, the wood matrix and landscape changes. This project deals with stabilizing, or encapsulating the simulated environments spatial context to produce  objects, which record a body of data that points towards a probabilistic future, forewarning of a vanishing point of biodiversity.


Joshua Van Dyke was born in 1980 in Vancouver, Canada and lives and works between an Island of the coast and Stockholm.  His material practice explores notions of migration, data visualization, collection and display, and the overlapping of geographic and cultural boundaries.  He has a BFA from the Glasgow School of Art in Painting and Printmaking (2007), and a Masters in Interdisciplinary Design from Emily Carr University (2016). He has exhibited in Vancouver, Glasgow, Finland, Versailles and Paris and was the recipient of an Olympic Torch grant for the public art installation Corridor. Van Dyke has completed residencies in metal casting at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop and the Toni Onley Artist Project in Wells BC. His work has been published in The Georgia Straight, Vogue(Italy), The Block Magazine and Western Living Magazine.

Earlier Event: July 6