GYRE explores the infinite at New Westminster New Media Gallery

Three international artists explore notions of the infinite through light and sound in a new exhibition at the New Westminster New Media Gallery.

GYRE opens with a public reception (including cash bar) on Friday, July 27 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and the exhibition runs from July 28 to Sept. 30.

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The exhibition features work by Canadian artist Nicolas Bernier, Colombian-Canadian artist Daniel Iregui and South Korean artist (now living in the U.S.) Chul Hyun Ahn.

The exhibition, as its name suggests, centres around the ancient word “gyre,” meaning to whirl something in circles.

“Imagine a swirling vortex, of spiral motion and form; an ocean current, or a spinning body or particle,” a press release notes. “Here, the word gyre refers to a commonality of movement; a series of geometric or visual progressions; for example, the way light can be used to suggest a telescoping path in time, or a descent to unknown depths. What characterizes all the works is the hypnotic and uncertain apprehension of time, space, size and direction.”

The release notes that, in each work, the body of the viewer becomes a critical part of how we visualize and create meaning: “the way the human body appears suspended between two tunnelling screens or silhouetted against a spiralling series of infinite calculations.”

New Westminster New Media Gallery is at the Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St. For more information, see



Frequencies (Light Quanta): The work by interdisciplinary artist Nicolas Bernier was shortlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize. His work explores the quantum, the smallest measurable value of energy, using sound and light. His sound composition relies on the use of micro sounds and “clicks,” the shortest audible sound that a human ear is capable of perceiving.


Forward: This work by electronic interaction artist Daniel Iregui is a constantly changing choice of perceptual tunnels that generate infinite ways to get to a distant point on the horizon.


Tunnel #7: This work by Chul Hyun Ahn “systematically defines the geometry, possibilities and limitations of space and optics, suggesting infinite depths and vertiginous voids.”

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