July 16, 2022 – October 02, 2022
Artist Multiple Artists
Curated by: Curated by Jesse Birch and Elisa Ferrari
Opening July 15, 7 – 9 pm
Maya Beaudry + Marisa Kriangwiwat Holmes, CROTCH, Peter Culley, Megan Hepburn, Will Holder, Sky Hopinka, Willie Thrasher + Linda Saddleback.
Opening weekend performances July 16, 8pm at Felice Cavallotti Lodge, 2060 East Wellington Rd. Nanaimo.
Fielding Road is a multi-site group exhibition that responds to the work of Nanaimo poet, art critic and artist Peter Culley. His daily practice of walking, writing, and photographing brought him to closely observe spaces between rural and urban experience in and around Nanaimo.
This project takes its name from a stretch of road in Nanaimo that was cut off from its original use when a new highway was built in the 1990’s; it is a site to which Peter often returned to with his dog Shasta and occasionally with friends. He wrote: ”By the time I rediscovered it, it had become a picturesque ruin—the roadway thick with moss and accumulated leaves and needles, the yellow dividers cracked and obscured under the canopy of conifers, alder, maple and arbutus. Another colony of ravens noisily dominates the stretch along landfill, scattering shards of packaging and bone, draping long strips of plastic from the trees.”
The material cultures, histories, and unique conditions of Nanaimo cut through Culley’s entire body of work. In Fielding Road, artists have developed new projects while walking alongside Culley’s practice and the places that informed it.
Fielding Road will consist of a gallery exhibition and site specific events that will take place across Nanaimo, including installations, walks and performances.
Top Image: Sky Hopinka Mnemonics of Shape and Reason
HD video, stereo, color