Marianne Nicolson: The Return of Abundance is in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Canada Council for the Arts. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is grateful for their support over these very important years.
Montreal-based artist Karen Tam works with the Asian collection at the Art Gallery to address themes of cultural identity, communication, and memory in her ongoing exploration of the history of the North American Chinese experience. Through entities such as the Chinese restaurant or novelty store, Tam?s work addresses the projection of ideas about China to Westerners.
To explore notions of authenticity Tam creates a modern-day opium den in The LAB that incorporates pieces from the Art Gallery?s collection of Chinese export art and porcelain.
Kiyoshi Saito was the first modern Japanese printmaker to become popular in the West and is credited with being one of the main reasons why modern Japanese prints became a major success the world over. In tracing the evolution of Saito's style one clearly sees evidence of the strong relationship the artist had with the West combined with the subtleties and richness of his own traditions. The exhibition includes some eighty prints from the Gallery's collection of works by Kiyoshi Saito.
Much can be learned about the everyday lives of the humble classes of Japan during the 19th and early 20th centuries by studying their textiles. Common folk wore cottons rather than silks, but their clothing had a great variety of beautiful designs, using different production techniques, like Southeast Asia- influenced batik (resist-dye) method. Peasant wear, which usually saw dark and light indigo colours dyed on white, was often dyed in the home using a paste-resist method with a glutinous rice mixture.
Victoria-based artist Chris Gillespie undertakes an anthropological examination of the Art Gallery through a multidirectional video tour. Jon Blair, the Gallery's Senior Security Guard, provides the narration for Gillespie's film.
This is the first solo exhibition for local artist Robert Youds to be presented at the Art Gallery in over a decade. Driven by a fascination with systems of perception, space, colour, light, representation and abstraction, Youds has explored a multitude of forms of practice over the years which predominately revolve around discourses on painting, sculpture, and perception. The exhibition will present works from the past 10 years of his production, and include a new site specific installation, drawing on the explorations of recent light works.
The exhibition marks a unique opportunity to see, for the first time, a collection of photographs from one of Canada's most recognized conceptual artists. In the 1960s, Baxter& formed the N.E. Thing co., which was instrumental in turning Vancouver into an internationally recognized centre for contemporary art. Baxter& has taken photographs since the 1950s, however, most of the work presented in this exhibition has never been exhibited and remains largely unknown. It includes colour prints, Polaroids, and duratrans taken between 1959 and 1984.
This is Atlanta-based artist Scott Ingram's first exhibition in Canada. During recent travels to the Netherlands, he was struck by the democratic use of design and colour, from high architecture to humble shed, which, he said has as much visual prominence as the ultra modern building under construction right next to it.For his LAB project Ingram isolates architectural elements?whether banal or highly considered from the urban landscape to emphasize what he observes to be the essential design and form of a given structure.
The women portrayed in art throughout Japanese history show a changing style of hair and costume as well as social standing. In older times there were images of powerful female rulers, legendary heroines and famous courtesans depicted in a melancholic ideal style with a serious demeanor. The courtesan was an important person in the social life of old Japan and a major subject matter for artists. Usually the courtesans were depicted in carefully wrapped kimono and could often be seen applying makeup, while being quite relaxed and self-possessed.
Sculpture from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation
Organized and made possible by the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation This acclaimed exhibition demonstrates the intensely expressive work of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), who, at the peak of his career, was considered the greatest sculptor since Michelangelo and is now acknowledged as the 'father of modern sculpture.
As if emerging from the white walls of the gallery, Marcia Huyer's giant, inflatable Tyvek sculptures conjure both organic and architectural forms. Huyer reinterprets familiar existing objects through the scale and form. The result is no longer definable but is somehow quizzically recognizable. Huyer, a recent MFA graduate from the University of Victoria, has exhibited across Canada. Drawing on the Gallery itself, her LAB project offers a different vantage point through which to experience and be reminded " physically of their body's perimeters and formalities," says Huyer.
This fascinating collection of steel objects, dating from the 16th to the early 20th century, tells a compelling story about life in the Middle East during this period. Objects made of steel were associated with every aspect of traditional Persian life, from war and hunting, through to religious life, the marketplace and the domestic environment. Reputed for their geometric, calligraphic, figurative and arabesque adornments, the pieces exhibited here demonstrate a concern for aesthetics and form that has slowly dissipated through the import of mass-produced items.
For their LAB project, Ian Birse and Laura Kavanagh collaborate in discovering what is underfoot. Walking the streets of Victoria, they documented the discovery of discarded objects, photographing them on-site as well and recording a sonic snapshot of sounds at each location. In the process, the artists present performances for accidental audiences.
Curated by Patricia Kidd, Stephen Topfer & Tamara Schweeder
Initially used as a derogatory term by art critics the word baroque is the French translation of the Portuguese word borrocco, meaning misshapen pearl. It was not long, however, before Baroque became synonymous with the darkly shadowed, richly coloured and evocative works of the time following the Renaissance and leading up to the Rococo.
Curated by Trudy S. Kawami, The Sackler Foundation?Great art, like science and the humanities, can never remain as the possession of one individual, creator or collector ? great art and all culture belongs to all humankind.?
The Art Gallery will be hosting an exhibition of 12 precious Baroque masterwork paintings from the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Canada by the likes of Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt van Rijn, and Nicholas Poussin. Baroque Masterworks from the National Gallery of Canada features Italian, French, Spanish, Dutch and Flemish paintings dating from 1600 to 1750 arising from different social, political and religious climates. As a result of their age, rarity and historical importance, paintings such as these seldom travel.