Curated by Toby Lawrence | Until September 7, 2014 | The LAB Gallery
Dana Claxton reflects on historical archives and highlights the human propensity to render itself, from Indigenous rock art, to photography, to governmental correspondence. She addresses the complexities of colonialism–past and present–through strategic subversion, and investigates the buried histories of the Wild West, with specific attention to Sitting Bull who shares her Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux ancestry.
For the past 1500 years, landscapes have formed the nucleus of Chinese painting. All of the skill that European artists devoted to portraiture, the Chinese have given to their passionate love of painting Nature. They have sought to portray an inner poetic reality rather than an outward likeness. They seek to realize, rather than copy, the natural world.
Renditions of Myth, Legend and Folk Tales from China and Japan
Curated by Barry Till | Pollard Gallery
China and Japan are two countries rich in myths, legends and folk tales. Many themes of historical and mythical characters are shared by both nations.
This exhibition will attempt to show how artists and craftsmen portrayed or rendered these subjects in their own way in various media from two dimensional paintings, prints and te3xtiles to three dimensional sculptures in the round made of pottery, bronze, wood, jade, amber, ivory, etc.
During Rembrandt’s lifetime, it was his etchings, not his paintings, which were at the root of his international reputation. Today, his canvases are more celebrated, but there is no doubt that the expressive potential that he found in the printed line is extraordinary, and has been inspirational to generations of artists.
Carole Sabiston’s retrospective exhibition shares its title with Everything Below All of the Above, a work she created in 2003. Speaking to the various perspectives from which the artist sees the world, the exhibition underlines the simultaneous connections and contrasts present in all of her production.
Who was Harold Mortimer-Lamb? The first to write about A.Y. Jackson; the leading pre-WWI Canadian art photographer; and father of Molly Lamb Bobak. He was a patron of Frederick H. Varley; associate of photographer John Vanderpant; neighbour of Lawren Harris; and friend of Jack and Doris Shadbolt.
Curated by Adjunct Curator of Decorative Arts Patricia Kidd | Founders Gallery
Using artifacts drawn from more than 30 Victoria homes and collections, this exhibit will be equal parts object and story. Everything from rare maps, to an extraordinary painting or two, a Rococo mirror, a mask by Richard Hunt and a giant mosquito from Zimbabwe - all of these share one principal characteristic: they speak volumes about their past, and that of their present owners.
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.