Chris Bose, Kristina Campbell, Marina Roy, Grace Salez, Kevin Schmidt
Co-curated by Catlin Lewis and Nicole Stanbridge in collaboration with MediaNet | LAB Gallery
For the coming season of LA B gallery programming we focus on media art from across the Province. The exhibition was inspired by a publication produced by MediaNet in 2012 called Crossing Channels. As a media arts resource it offers information on media artists, centres, and ideas explored in this discipline throughout British Columbia.
The Banko pieces produced in Japan in the late 19th and early 20th centuries are quaint and charming and were quite popular as export items. There is such a preponderance of styles, shapes and decorations of Banko ware. They have been described as imaginative, bizarre, whimsical, fantastic, and charming but sometimes a bit grotesque.
The Hall Collection of 19th century Photographs of Japan
Curated by Catherine Crowston and organized & circulated by the Art Gallery of Alberta.
The exhibition presents a rare opportunity to view one of the world’s largest collections of early Japanese photography. There are more than 230 works in this exhibition from the personal collection of Edmontonian Arlene Hall. Its debut was at the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA), which organized the exhibition in 2009. The photographs in the exhibition reflect the transitional period from 1860 to 1899, when feudal Japan was opening to the outside world and yielding to modern influences.
Daniel Barrow, Alison Norlen, Ed Pien | Curated by Nicole Stanbridge
Like the work of all good storytellers, the artists in this exhibition captivate the viewer with their imagined worlds informed by eerily familiar narratives. Through each artist’s distinct vision of humanity, these illusory spaces—in some cases haunted by either memory or mythology—reflect back to us ugliness, despair, complexity, beauty, opulence, and frivolity.
This true story, which took place between 1701 and 1703, embodies the highest loyalty capable of members of the samurai class and dramatically illustrates the finest qualities in the samurai code of honour. It is the most celebrated example of loyalty and warrior ethics in Japanese history.
Chinese and Japanese portrait artists tried to present an image with an inner poetic reality rather than an outward likeness. Their technical approach to portraiture was simplicity, which was in sharp contrast to the photo-likeness of some Western paintings with their problems of volume, light shadow and texture.
Ceramics from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands 1970-1985
Curated by Diane Carr | Pollard Gallery
Back to the Land: Ceramics from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands 1970-1985 presents the work of 31 ceramic artists working on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands in the 1970s and 1980s. Guest curated by Diane Carr, the exhibition emphasizes the “back to the land” movement of the early 1970s as the impetus for the explosion of ceramic activity in this region.
Contemporary works from Library and Archives Canada
Curated by Carolyn Cook and Eva Major-Marothy
The exhibition is organized and circulated by Library and Archives Canada.
Beyond Likeness: Contemporary Works from Library and Archives Canada explores the evolving concept of portraiture from more traditional representations of likeness to works that challenge the conventions of the genre. In examining issues of history, popular culture, autobiography and perception of self, the works demonstrate that identity is complex, constructed and unfixed.
Guest Curated by Christopher Butterfield in the LAB Gallery
John Cage (1912-1992) was an American composer, philosopher and artist. It is impossible to define Cage in terms of a single discipline. It may be that his discipline is simply the imagination, endlessly provoked. Cage is best known for developing indeterminacy as the principal method used for creating his work, whether it be sound, text or image.
60 Years of the Associates Championing Contemporary Art at the AGGV
Curated by Mary Jo Hughes and Toby Lawrence, Drury Gallery and Ramp
In Support of Now presents and celebrates the history of the Associates of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, an invaluable group of volunteers, which has been a driving force in supporting the Gallery since 1952.
Artist Talk and Opening ReceptionThursday August 16th, 7:30pm
Curated by Nicole Stanbridge, in The LAB Gallery
Saskatoon-based artist Clint Neufeld creates work that honours the beauty of design and craftsmanship in everyday objects. Ranging from classic engines to fine china design, these objects are not as disparate as you may first think.
The exhibition will feature garments from the 19th century reflecting the pomp and ceremony of Manchu court life and the Chinese aristocracy during China’s last imperial dynasty from the Chinese textile collection of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. The Art Gallery recently received a large donation of superb quality Chinese costume from an American donor Helen Jahnke through the Council for Canadian American Relations.
Throughout a career that spanned from mid-1950s until his death, William Kurelek (1927-1977) and his art have meant many different things to many people. The Alberta-born, Manitoba-raised artist was a painter of innocence and fun, his scenes reminiscences of a simpler and timeless past.