Below the Line is a drawing exhibition and fundraiser for Balcone featuring works by seven artists from across Canada. Half of the proceeds from art sales will be donated to Balcone, a nonprofit that presents contemporary art projects in a variety of situations and spaces throughout Vancouver.

Winnipeg-bred, Montreal-based artist Daniel Barrow uses obsolete technologies to present written, pictorial and cinematic narratives centering on the practices of drawing and collecting. Since 1993, he has created and adapted comic book narratives to "manual" forms of animation by projecting, layering and manipulating drawings on overhead projectors. Barrow has performed at The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), PS1 Contemporary Art Center (New York), The Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles) and the Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago). Barrow is the 2010 winner of the Sobey Art Award, the 2007 winner of the Canada Council’s Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton award and the 2008 winner of the Images Festival’s Images Prize. Barrow is represented by Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Toronto.

Derek Dunlop currently lives in Winnipeg. He received his MFA from the University of British Columbia in 2006 and his BFA from Simon Fraser University in 2001. He has exhibited at the Burnaby Art Gallery, Ace Art Gallery (Winnipeg), Blanket Gallery (Vancouver) and Platform Gallery (Winnipeg). Dunlop works through the shifting nature of power relations in everyday life, especially in terms of masculinity, sexuality and desire. The drawings in this exhibition depict wallpaper patterns from pornography films.

Claire Greenshaw's work aims to disrupt or destabilize the status of banal, frequently discarded objects in an attempt to question common social placements of value. The works tend to use humour and strategies of appropriation to manipulate layers of meaning and provoke vague narratives around various cultural detritus encountered in everyday life. Claire Greenshaw received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art in Halifax, Canada in 2002 and her MFA from the Glasgow School of Art in 2009. She has exhibited throughout Canada, and has participated in exhibitions in the US, UK and Sweden. She currently lives in Toronto.

Rebecca Donald lives in North Vancouver. She received her MFA from the University of British Columbia in 2006 and currently teaches painting at Emily Carr University. She has exhibited at the Whitechapel in London (UK), CSA Space in Vancouver and the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery in Vancouver. She combines drawing, painting, and sculpture in visceral works about the collision of fear and anxiety with domestic space, the body, and more recently, the landscape.

The Lions are a drawing collective based out of Vancouver consisting of Matthew Brown, Tasha Brotherton, Barry Doupe, Collin Johanson and James Whitman. They have exhibited at LES Gallery (Vancouver), The Butchershop Gallery (Vancouver), Midway Contemporary (Minneapolis), Institute for Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), Artists Space (New York), Proyectos / Monclova (Mexico City) and the Khyber Arts Centre (Halifax).

Jill Southern is a designer studying under the Communication Design program at Emily Carr University. Her work focuses on typography, identity and interactive web media, as well as illustration. Jill recently returned from a semester of study at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York City, which transformed and nourished her ideas on the intermingling of art and design. Today, as a budding designer amidst speedily-evolving technologies, Jill anticipates an exciting and transformative career to ensue.

Ehren Salazar is an artist who lives in Vancouver. He was a member of the Butchershop Collective (Vancouver) and is the cofounder of the Little Mountain Gallery (Vancouver). He studied at Langara College and Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. He works for Pacific Spirit Stone Designs making monuments and tombstones. His prolific drawings incorporate a stylized technique that often illustrates humorous and absurd moments in everyday life.

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Opening Thursday February 24, 2011 from 6-11pm

2233 Granville Street, Vancouver

Continues until March 13, 2011

Thursday to Sunday from 12pm to 6pm


Daniel Barrow

Derek Dunlop

Claire Greenshaw

Rebecca Donald

The Lions

Jill Southern

Ehren Salazar