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Art Matters: Supporting the VGH & UBC Foundation Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

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This year has unfolded in a way that has taken many by surprise. Museums and galleries are closed, festivals and events have been cancelled, and many businesses are navigating their presence online, as we attempt to come to terms with this ‘new normal’.

The crisis has created a boom of initiatives in the art industry, many in support of independent artists, private and public institutions, and in certain cases, to generate revenue for our front line workers. For during this crisis, while we sit at home and stare at our walls, it is an excellent opportunity to support our local community while personally benefiting from a new work of art.

Self-isolation has been effectively working to flatten the curve against COVID-19, although the impact on many families and businesses is all too real. We are all feeling the impact of the virus, but none more than the brave and selfless health care workers on the frontlines. They are the ones facing the most risk, working tirelessly to help those infected and doing their best to prevent further spread of the virus.

At YKLM Auctions we also wanted to show our support, and what better way than to organize online charity auctions in partnership with the VGH and UBC Foundation.

We did not stop at one. Our first benefit auction concluded on April 6th, and we successfully raised over $1750.00 for the foundation, with the generous contribution of artist Agent X.

The success of this event has the entire YKLM Auctions team ecstatic and ready for more. Therefore our second online benefit auction supporting the Foundation opened for bidding last week. This auction features a selection of 33 original artworks by 20 of Canada’s most generous, and talented, artists.

Lot 1: Roy Hoh MELTING SEASON NO. 1 融化中的季节 一号" (2018) Photograph mounted on aluminum Edition: 1/10 24 x 24” Estimate $400 - $600

Lot 1:
Roy Hoh
MELTING SEASON NO. 1 融化中的季节 一号” (2018)
Photograph mounted on aluminum
Edition: 1/10
24 x 24”
Estimate $400 – $600

Roy Hoh offers a unique perspective on photographic representation. Most recognized for his digital manipulation of images, primarily the reverse development technique, the artist’s work is often abstracted images of nature and various phenomena of the physical world. Diverse in form and technique, Roy creates visual spectacles through his photographic method. In the series Memories of Fall, the artist captures serene moments of pure uninterrupted landscape. The series was taken during an autumn visit to Merritt, BC in 2018, and is a varied perspective for the photographer. The work warmly captures a certain stillness, freezing in time the once cultivated landscape of the Nicola Valley. Melting Season No. 1 acts as a summary of autumn in western Canada, instilling a warmth in the viewer.

Lot 10 Edward Peck FLOATING IN TRANSITION III (2018) 17 x 22" Pigment Ink on Cotton Paper Estimate: $600-800

Lot 10
Edward Peck
17 x 22″
Pigment Ink on Cotton Paper
Estimate: $600-800

Edward Peck studied photography, fine arts, conceptual art, historical techniques, film, and literature at the University of British Columbia. Floating in Transition III reflects a unique and abstracted view of the landscape, via the human imprint on our constructed space. The abstracted imagery is expressed through the emotional connection we have with colour, light, pattern, texture and shapes, evoking various metaphorical aspects of the earth.

From traditional Chinese Calligraphy to serene artworks built on the edge of eastern and western cultures, from picturesque Canadian landscape photography to abstract Lumen Prints, this auction has something for everyone.

We are living in extraordinary times. As a community we must work together to support our artists, performers and venues to show solidarity, and continue the celebration of the arts. Let’s do so together. YKLM’s second online benefit auction will begins on Friday, April 17th at 12 PM (PST) and will run until Thursday, April 30th at 12 PM (PST).

Re-visit the YKLM Blog section to discover more Object Spotlights, including highlights of our monthly online auctions.

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