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See the local landscape like never before in new digital artwork on Surrey’s UrbanScreen

Nicolas Sassoon: Liquid Landscapes | September 21, 2018­–January 6, 2019 | Artist Talk: Friday, September 28 | 7−8pm

Surrey Art Gallery’s offsite venue UrbanScreen will show a new digital artwork this fall highlighting Surrey’s parks, beaches, and rivers. On display on the west wall of Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre from September 21 to January 6, Nicolas Sassoon: Liquid Landscapes captures the essence of local geography through pixel animations. The artwork will be visible every night from half an hour after sunset until midnight and can be seen onsite and from the SkyTrain. The artist will give a talk at Surrey Art Gallery on September 28 from 7 to 8pm. Admission is free.

Inspired by photographs of seven key geographic sites around Surrey—such as Redwood Park, Nicomekl River, and Serpentine Fen—digital artist Nicolas Sassoon has created a series of hypnotic animations for UrbanScreen. Changing every night, the animations invoke rippling reflections, flowing waves, and the growth and decay of foliage.Sassoon renders the scenes in limited but vibrant colours informed by each location as well as by the retro, pixelated look of early web design.

He condenses each location into a series of colours and shapes. This abstract treatment gives an impression of Surrey’s natural environment. It also alludes to how digital images shape our experience of the world. We often see nature through a lens, whether holding our own cameras in front of our face or scrolling through friends’ pictures on social media. Liquid Landscapes illustrates how data visualization methods represent real places and alter them.

“Nicolas Sassoon has been producing large-scale public artworks for many years now, and we are delighted to bring his work to Canada’s premiere venue for outdoor digital art,” says Surrey Art Gallery Assistant Curator Rhys Edwards. “In addition to celebrating the tremendous geographic diversity throughout Surrey, Liquid Landscapes challenges us to think about our complicated relationship with nature and technology.” The exhibition will be accompanied by an essay by Rhys Edwards, as part of the Surrey Art Gallery Presents publication series, available for free download from the Gallery’s website at

About the Artist

Nicolas Sassoon’s practice translates ideas of materiality and immateriality into digital animations, installations, prints, and sculptures. His research often leads him to engage in cross-disciplinary projects in the fields of architecture, electronic music, textiles, and art. Sassoon’s work has been exhibited at galleries, public art screenings, and digital media festivals across the globe, as well as on multiple online platforms. He is currently based in Vancouver.


Admission to all exhibitions and events is free unless otherwise noted (donations gratefully accepted).

Artist Talk | Friday, September 28 | 7−8pm 

Digital artist Nicolas Sassoon will visit Surrey Art Gallery to discuss his new work for UrbanScreen, Liquid Landscapes. Join Sassoon after the talk to see Liquid Landscapes onsite at UrbanScreen, as well as new digital art projects from local young artists.

Digital Art Screening | Friday, September 28 | 8−9pm

Celebrate young artists as they premiere their digital artworks at UrbanScreen! Residents in the Gallery’s Indigenous Contemporary Art Intensive (ICAI) will screen their works, along with youth from Chuck Bailey’s skate park and gym programs, the City’s Community Art Program, and the Gallery’s Art Together.

About Surrey Art Gallery 

Internationally recognized for its award-winning programs, Surrey Art Gallery is the second largest public art museum in Metro Vancouver. Founded in 1975, the Gallery presents contemporary art by local, national, and international artists, including digital and audio art. Its extensive public programs for children through to adults aim to engage the public in an ongoing conversation about issues and ideas that affect our communities and to provide opportunities to interact with artists and the artistic process. Admission is free.

Surrey Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of the City of Surrey, Province of BC through BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and the Surrey Art Gallery Association.

Surrey Art Gallery is located at 13750-88 Avenue, Surrey, BC, Canada. 604-501-5566 | 
Tues-Thur 9am-9pm | Fri 9am-5pm | Sat 10am-5pm | Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mondays and holidays.

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