Jin-me Yoon | Spectral Tides

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Jin-me Yoon Spectral Tides

October 13 to December 10, 2017

Join us for the opening reception and meet the artist, Thursday, October 12, 7 pm

Artist Talk, Saturday, October 28, 2 pm.
Jin-me will discuss her art practice and the development of the new works in Spectral Tides. 
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Nanaimo Art Gallery presents Spectral Tides, a solo exhibition of new work by renowned Korean born Canadian artist Jin-me Yoon.

Through video, photography, and installation, Spectral Tides features projects set on two islands that are important to the artist's life and work: Vancouver Island, focusing on the complex histories of the Pacific Rim National Park, and Jeju-do, the largest South Korean island and a strategic US military outpost.

Jin-me Yoon’s media-based work centres around preoccupations with history, memory, language and cultural identity. She has exhibited extensively across Canada and internationally, and is represented in numerous public collections. Since 1992, she has taught at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts. In 2009, she was nominated for Art Gallery of Ontario’s Grange Prize, and in 2013 was awarded a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship.

This project is presented as a part of Nanaimo Art Gallery’s celebration of our 40th anniversary in 2017. All year, through exhibitions, special projects, education programs and events, we explore the question “What does it mean to live on an Island?”

Image: Jin-me Yoon, Other Hauntings: A Geography Beloved (Dance), video still, single channel video, 2016. Image courtesy of the artist.

Lawren Harris: Canadian Visionary

Lawren Harris: Canadian Visionary
September 30 to November 30, 2017
Presented at the Nanaimo Museum in partnership with Nanaimo Art Gallery
Canadian artist Lawren Harris (1885-1970) is internationally renowned for his iconic paintings of the Northern wilderness. We are excited to share his work with Nanaimo audiences through the exhibition Lawren Harris: Canadian Visionary, which opens at the Nanaimo Museum this fall. As a founding member of the influential Group of Seven painters, Harris was a driving force in the development of modernist painting in Canada. He saw artistic and cultural potential in the nation’s vast landscapes, and his distinct painting style helped to define Canadian art in the early twentieth century. 
The travelling exhibition Lawren Harris: Canadian Visionary comes to Nanaimo on loan from Vancouver Art Gallery and presents key works from the Gallery's collection that follow Harris' artistic evolution from the early 1900s to the early 1960s, including paintings from the groundbreaking Group of Seven period and later experiments in abstraction that reflect his efforts to root his work in a universal language rather than a specific national landscape.
“We’re thrilled that works by such a significant Canadian artist will be on public exhibit in our community. This exhibit is only possible in our community because of a strong working relationship between the Nanaimo Museum and the Nanaimo Art Gallery.” 
                –Debbie Trueman, General Manager at the Nanaimo Museum
Lawren Harris: Canadian Visionary is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery with the generous support of the Killy Foundation and is curated by Ian M. Thom, Senior Curator-Historical, Vancouver Art Gallery. 
The Nanaimo Museum is located in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre and is open Monday-Saturday from 10-5. For more information please contact 250 753-1821 or visit www.nanaimomuseum.ca. 
Contact: Debbie Trueman, General Manager of Nanaimo Museum 
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Image: Lawren Harris, Mount Thule, Bylot Island, 1930, oil on paperboard, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, The Parnell Bequest, Photo: Tomas Svab, Vancouver Art Gallery

Dream Islands

Lari Robson Jug
Dream Islands
Sonnet L’Abbé, Derya Akay, Vanessa Brown, Maggie Groat, Yuki Kimura, Anne Low, Lari Robson
Join us for the opening reception on July 20, 7 pm
July 21 - September 17
Curated by Jesse Birch and Emma Metcalfe Hurst
Dream Islands is a group exhibition that takes the work of late Salt Spring Island-based potter Lari Robson (1942-2012) as a central point of inspiration. The exhibition features Robson’s pottery alongside new artworks by Derya Akay, Vanessa Brown, Maggie Groat, Yuki Kimura, and Anne Low, with writing by Sonnet L’Abbé that navigate islands of the imagination through intersections between art and craft practices.
As a creator of refined and useful pottery, Robson maintained a devoted and humble practice as an island potter. He sold vases, mugs, tea bowls, lidded jars, casseroles, jugs, serving bowls and other dishware every Saturday at the Salt Spring Island Farmers Market. He made personal and lasting relationships with his patrons and his community, and his pottery continues to be used and treasured in many households on Saltspring Island and beyond.
In December 2016, Nanaimo Art Gallery received a generous donation of ceramics from the estate of Victoria-based Curator and Art Historian Diane Carr (1941-2016) which included a unique stoneware jug made by Robson in the 1970s. Jugs are inherently social objects: they constantly empty themselves out through the act of giving. This spirit of reciprocity became a guiding inspiration for the exhibition. 
For the occasion of Dream Islands each participating artist was gifted a pot of Robson’s to live with, and reflect on while creating new works for the exhibition. Through a variety of different media including weaving, metalwork, and blown glass the artists employ the materials and labours of craft, but as contemporary artworks, these creations avoid the burden of use. The artworks will be on display in dialogue with a selection of Robson’s pots borrowed from personal and private collections of his patrons, friends, and family, now also liberated from their daily use through new social and aesthetic encounters shared in the gallery. 
On August 27, in dialogue with Dream Islands, we present a special event on Saysutshun (Newcastle Island), an island park on the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nations located fifteen minutes away from the Nanaimo Art Gallery in the Nanaimo harbour. Titled Island Dreams this event inverts Dream Islands by offering an embodied and communal experience of the physical space on an island, while encountering performances, poetry readings, and temporary installations by Tent Shop, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Gabi Dao, Tiziana La Melia, Sonnet L’Abbé with an introduction to Saysutshun by Snuneymuxw artist and storyteller Celestine Aleck. 
These projects are presented as a part of Nanaimo Art Gallery’s celebration of our 40th anniversary in 2017. All year, through exhibitions, special projects, education programs and events, we explore the question “What does it mean to live on an Island?”
Image: Stoneware jug with tenmoku glaze, Lari Robson, circa 1970s
Emma Metcalfe Hurst's curatorial internship at Nanaimo Art Gallery is funded by an Early Career Development grant through the British Columbia Arts Council.
Maggie Groat would like to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council.


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