Blue SkiesJune 1, 2019 - September 29, 2019 Curated by Nicole Stanbridge | Ker Gallery
Saturday, June 1, 2019 | ALL DAY | ADMISSION BY DONATION
Blue Skies features new works from Victoria based artist Megan Dickie. Recently exhibited at L’Oeil de Poisson Art Centre in Quebec City, this body of work continues Dickie’s exploration of agency, resilience, and struggle.
“The five-channel video installation opens with a cowgirl bracing a massive golden sculpture in whirling prairie winds. Her struggle ripples in waves throughout the screens until a small beat arises, synchronizing all the cowgirl’s hips. One by one each screen switches to a breathtaking new location and costume. It is here that the movements fuse into country line dance steps. Just as the rhythm regulates, an intensified beat shifts the image down to her feet. Now a troop of legs stomp us into the next scene where the struggle amplifies between the cowgirl, her environment and the erect golden accessory.
The performance of power continues with glittering, hypnotic sculptures that claim the gallery space. A series of brass objects adorned with silk, glass and semi-precious stones are placed across golden surfaces. The ceremonial-like sculptures reflect the performance structure from the video but without the authority of uprightness. Laid down, they upset monumentality but retain power through surface, seduction and detail. Intricacy continues with two, twelve-foot fabric wall structures that billow under a mechanical breeze. Stitched with thousands of gold Mylar rectangles, the sculptures dance like bodies adorned in sequins, demanding and controlling attention through movement.
Throughout the exhibition, power fluctuates between form, scale, material and monumentality. While movement shifts attention to the struggle for agency and a determination to claim space.” -Megan Dickie
Megan Dickie’s practice uses extreme physicality, choreographed set-ups, and fantastic failures as a means to poke at dominant systems and structures. Recent exhibitions include L’OEil de Poisson (Quebec City), Open Space (Victoria), Campbell River Art Gallery, Durham Art Gallery (Durham, ON), Oxygen Art Centre (Nelson), Latitude 53 (Edmonton) Stride (Calgary) and Grunt Gallery, (Vancouver). Video works have been screened at TUFF (Toronto) BIDDU (Reykjavik) and Eastern Edge (St. John’s) She is also the recipient of projects grants from both the Canada Council for the Arts and the BC Arts Council.
Megan Dickie received her MFA from the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, 2002) and a BFA from the University of Calgary (1997). Her works are part of the collections of the University of Saskatchewan, Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Nickel Arts Museum. Megan Dickie resides in Victoria, BC and is an Assistant Professor of Studio Art at the University of Victoria.