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Ordinary Light 

13 August - 24 September 2017

opening reception: Saturday 12 August 11am - 2pm

reading by Emily Nilsen: Saturday 12 August 1pm


Unit 17 is pleased to present a new installation by Ebony Rose, taking over its downtown exhibition space until autumn. Ordinary Light (2017) consists of folded and ironed industrial plastic sheets with brass, set within the gallery's architecture. During the opening reception - at 1pm - Canadian writer Emily Nilsen will read from her newest publication Otolith in response to the exhibition. 


Ebony Rose (b. 1984) grew up between Ontario and Colorado. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2008 and a Masters of Fine Art from the University of Victoria in 2015. She has been awarded artist residencies in Germany and Colorado and has exhibited in British Columbia, Greece, Germany, Minnesota, New York and Nova Scotia. Rose currently lives in Vancouver on unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

Emily Nilsen was born and raised in Vancouver. Her first book of poems, Otolith (Goose Lane Editions / icehouse) was published shortly after the chapbook Place, No Manual (Lake). She was a finalist for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2015 after having been longlisted for the prize on three separate occasions. Her work has also been longlisted for UK National Poetry Prize. Nilsen holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. She currently lives in Nelson, British Columbia. 

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