2016 Exhibitions

Out of Sight

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Out of Sight 

September 10 to November 6, 2016  
Public opening reception: September 9, 2016, 7 pm 
Free lunch time tours of Out of Sight with Nanaimo Art Gallery
Curator Jesse Birch: Thursday, September 29 and Thursday, October 27 at noon.
Out of Sight is a touring exhibition from the Vancouver Art Gallery that features a selection of recently-acquired photographs by Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) and Harold Edgerton (1903-1990), two giants in the history of photography. Both artists are celebrated for their revolutionary works that expand our understanding of time and motion and extend the capacity of human perception by making time stand still.
While time can be measured and evaluated, it also has a profound subjective dimension; how the passage of time is understood and felt is the product of individual experience, making its perception fluid, malleable and subject to interpretation. Both of these artists continually mined this rich terrain—how time can be represented and perceived—by manipulating and distorting the ways in which time functions to challenge our accepted views and preconceived notions. 
The photographs of Muybridge and Edgerton depict slices of time—frozen moments—to approach the problem of representing that which cannot be seen. In their scientific experiments they exploited the promise of the photographic medium to act as a definitive record of an action or event, essentially stopping time to depict the mechanical truth of movement. Brought together, these bodies of work explore ideas about perception and representation, challenging viewers to reconsider what we see in our everyday encounters.
Out of Sight is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery with the generous support of the Killy Foundation.
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Image credit:  Harold E. Edgerton, Bullet Through King, 1964, chromogenic print, 40.5 x 50.8 cm, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of Angela and David Feldman, the Menkes Family, Marc and Alex Muzzo, Tory Ross, the Rose Baum-Sommerman Family, Shabin and Nadir Mohamed, VAG 2013.18.5, © 2015 MIT, Courtesy of MIT Museum
This project has been made possible [in part] by the Government of Canada.
Ce projet a été rendu possible [en partie] grâce au gouvernement du Canada. 



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June 9 to August 21, 2016  
Shannon Bool | Lloyd House | Rebecca Loewen | Alex Morrison | Gailan Ngan | Wayne Ngan | Patkau Architects | Aaron Peck
Trusses is an exhibition of works by contemporary artists and architects that explores how buildings resonate through their uses and their intersections with other forms of culture. Bridging aesthetic and experiential languages, architecture is set in dialogue with painting, sculpture, pottery, writing, photography and film. 
While the title nods to the Old French etymology: trousse, which means "collection of things bound together," the structural configuration of a truss, as an assemblage that behaves as a single object, is also evoked in the very form of the exhibition, in which specific cultural supports, placed together, activate the whole.
Presented alongside the 2016 RAIC Festival of Architecture in Nanaimo, Trusses reflects Nanaimo’s position as an architectural and cultural intersection between Vancouver’s modern and postmodern structures, and the back to the land builder culture prominent on neighbouring gulf Islands. 
Tours of Trusses
Saturday, July 16, 11 am
Saturday, August 20, 11 am
Join Gallery docent Marie Egan for a tour of Trusses to gain insight on the artists and works in the exhibition.
Marie has been involved with Nanaimo Art Gallery and has offered tours since 2009. She brings great passion, enthusiasm and knowledge to her tours, having trained and worked as a docent at Vancouver Art Gallery for many years.
Image credit: Alex Morrison, Utopia or Oblivion, 2011, colour inkjet photograph, 50 1/4 x 38 1/4" 
Our thanks to Modern Cafe for their sponsorship of the reception.
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John Patkau: Work/Play
Wednesday, June 8, 12 pm
Vancouver Island Conference Centre
Tickets $10, available at Nanaimo Art Gallery, 250.754.1750 
Included with RAIC Conference Registration 
As part of the Nanaimo Art Gallery exhibition Trusses, which explores relationships between art and architecture, John Patkau from Patkau Architects will present a lecture titled Work/Play
The first part of the lecture will explore Patkau Architects' general design approach illustrated by a series of recently completed building projects and competitions commissioned by clients. The second part will focus on a series of ongoing research projects which in the main have been self-initiated.
These projects focus on the spatial and structural implications of the direct manipulation of material to achieve innovative building forms.  
The title of the presentation Work/Play reflects the strong duality in the nature of these two types of projects in terms of not only intention but also circumstance.
John founded Patkau Architects with Patricia in 1978. He is responsible for directing the activities of the firm, and with Patricia, for providing design leadership throughout each project from inception to completion. John is one of North America’s foremost designers. 
His contributions to the practice of architecture have been recognized by numerous awards including the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medal for lifetime achievement and Membership in the Order of Canada for significant contribution to Canadian culture. Internationally, he has also been made an Honorary Fellow of both the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Institute of British Architects. In 1996, John represented Canada at the Venice Biennale. 

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