Natasha van Netten & Matthew van Netten

Surface Tension

April 7 – 23, 2023

Xchanges Gallery is excited to announce the opening on April 7, 2023 of Natasha van Netten and Matthew van Netten’s exhibition, Surface Tension.

Throughout their relationship, the artists have had the unique opportunity to live and work in the mountains of Jasper National Park and on a converted icebreaking sailing vessel in the Mediterranean Sea. These experiences of inhabiting immense and often daunting natural spaces have given them a deep respect for the power of nature. Their conversations about these experiences have led them to create Surface Tension. This exhibition highlights the dramatic forms found in mountain ranges and ocean waves through photography, paint, graphite and ink and investigates the harmony that can exist between conflicting forms, blurring the line between solid and liquid.

Opening night:

Friday, April 7 from 7 – 9 pm

Gallery hours:

Every weekend from Saturday, April 8 until Sunday, April 23 from 11 am – 4 pm

About the Artists

Matthew van Netten is a self-taught landscape and travel photographer from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. In his practice, he is often drawn to photographing locations in nature that are physically challenging to reach and absent of human presence. A reoccurring theme in Matthew’s work is contrasting light and lack of reference to scale. He is currently pursuing a psychology degree through the University of Victoria, which also informs and influences his artistic practice.  

Natasha van Netten is a Canadian visual artist based in Victoria, B.C. Her practice focuses on whales, cetology and marine sciences. As a multi-disciplinary artist, she uses a variety of mediums to explore scientific information. Natasha received a Diploma of Fine Art from the Vancouver Island School of Art in 2016 and has exhibited in Canada, the Czech Republic, Iceland, Finland, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, the United Kingdom and the USA.

For more information, please visit the artists’ page.

Xchanges gratefully acknowledges the support of the Province of British Columbia and the Capital Regional District for our gallery programs.

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