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Coming Next to Nanaimo Art Gallery 


Reluctant Offerings 

Brendan Lee Satish Tang

May 21 - July 11, 2021

watercolurs of f150 trucks difference colours all facing the same wayReluctant Offerings is a solo exhibition of new work by British Columbia-based artist Brendan Lee Satish Tang. In this exhibition, Tang expands on earlier projects using joss paper: a Chinese cultural practice wherein paper replicas of objects and money are burnt as acts of sending gifts to loved ones in the spirit world. Returning to and reflecting on his childhood home, Tang centres the exhibition on a life-sized paper replica of a Ford F-150 circa 1984, the year he and his family moved to Nanaimo. 

As the best-selling truck in Canada for over 50 years, the Ford F-150 has gained a certain notoriety. Growing up in Nanaimo as an immigrant kid in the 1980s, for Tang the truck was emblematic of a culture of hypermasculinity, power, and dominance over nature and society. The F-150 and its associated ephemera became a locus of both resentment and enrapture, as symbols of an ‘old boys club’ Tang was not invited to join. Despite his dubious relationship to these items, Tang has carefully constructed replicas to offer them as gifts, inscribing them with layers of value - as spiritual offerings, as artworks, and as meticulously handmade objects. 

Entering the gallery, visitors encounter what could be a once-loved vehicle abandoned mid-repair or a 1980’s movie set. This diorama, however, is not made of rusted steel or shot on film, but crafted of skillfully painted watercolour paper. Often associated with picturesque scenes or landscapes framed and hung in domestic settings, Tang inverts these conventions, using watercolour as the surface of an ostensibly rugged work vehicle. The truck is accompanied by joss paper objects from trucker hats to beer bottles. All of these objects from the past are shared with reverence, even though they are meant to be burnt.

Reluctant Offerings is the first exhibition in Nanaimo Art Gallery’s inquiry, What is progress?. The exhibition is accompanied by a text by Vancouver-based artist, writer and curator Vanessa Kwan. Download the brochure.

​The development​ and production​ of Brendan Lee Satish Tang's work for Reluctant Offerings was supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and​ the B​C​ Arts Council.

Plan Your Year at Nanaimo Art Gallery


In April 2021, Nanaimo Art Gallery shifts from the programming inquiry What moves? to begin asking the question What is progress? We invite you to join us as we ask this question through our exhibitions and programs.

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Registration is Now Open for Summer Programs! 


Meander - Summer Art Camps

July 5 - 9 | July 12 - 16 | July 19 - 23 | July 26 - 30

Monday to Friday, 9AM - 4PM


20200229 102653Young artists are invited for art making, investigation and storytelling. These camps will feature activities inspired by Riverbed, an exhibition project inspired by the Millstone River and by the Gallery's inquiry; what is progress? We will visit the river and various sites in the downtown and harbourfront for creative outside activities. Led by summer students, we will design, draw, photograph, paint, collage, and build using traditional and contemporary approaches to art making that explore big ideas, big stories, and big imaginations!


For more information on ages, price, registration and more please click here!


Dazzle Camouflage – A Contemporary Art Immersion Program for Youth

Program Dates: August 3-19 (Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 4pm)


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Dazzle Camouflage introduces diverse, global approaches to contemporary art and supports participants to make their own work in painting, drawing, sound, video, photography, performance, installation, animation and more. Inspired by the gallery's inquiry, What is progress? and guided by amazing professional artist mentors, participants experiment, learn, push boundaries and have fun, making projects that are featured in a two day public exhibition at Art Lab.This free three-week art immersion program is for aspiring artists, writers, arts and culture professionals aged 15-19!


For more information of ages, description and application procress please click here.



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The story behind the making of Supernatural Eagle Bringing the Sun Back to the World by father-son team William and Joel Good. Installed at the Nanaimo Art Gallery on Oct. 11, 2018. Closed-Captioned Video produced by Jennifer Wynne Webber. Photo by Sean Fenzl 






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