Iain McCaig at Legends Comics and Books

March 27, 2009 at 10:37 am (art, Reading) (, )

The Times-Colonist reports that Iain McCaig will be at Legends Comics and Books tomorrow, Saturday 3/28, between 2-5pm to talk about his work with George Lucas (yes, that George Lucas) and others. He’ll also be signing copies of his new book Shadowline: The Art of Iain McCaig.

I like the way McCaig dreams, and here’s hoping that his vision doesn’t remain just a fantasy. To whit:

Prepare to be inspired. The Santa Monica-born author, illustrator and concept artist’s enthusiasm is infectious.

“When I walk downtown and see teenagers sitting there I think, ‘If I could just put a camera in their hands or show them how to write about the world they live in,’” says McCaig, who dreams of one day turning Victoria into Canada’s storytelling capital.

See Michael Reid’s Times-Colonist article, Concept artist offers glimpse into creative realm, for more.

Additional links to Iain McCaig here and here.

(posted by Yule)


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Aurora Textualis at Deluge Contemporary Art

March 5, 2009 at 8:14 pm (art) (, )

Check out Aurora Textualis by Ted Hiebert (from March 7 to April 4, 2009) at the Deluge Contemporary Art, 636 Yates Street, Victoria, which opens this Saturday at 7pm. The show will run until April 4/09, opening hours at the gallery are Wed. to Sat., 12 to 5pm.

From the press release:

For Aurora Textualis Hiebert has electrocuted pages from books about werewolves, speaking in tongues and Atlantis, as well as philosophy texts by Roland Barthes, Alfred Jarry, Antonin Artaud and Julian Jaynes. In this body of work, the artist has used Kirlian photography, a process that involves exposing objects to a high-voltage, low-current electrical charge. This amplified voltage results in a coronal electric discharge (also called “bio-field” or “aura”) from the object, which is documented on large format colour film. Rejected by the scientific community because of unpredictable and unverifiable results, Kirlian photography is often culturally romanticised as visual proof of inner energy. And, while there is basis for this interpretation, the process itself is also fundamentally violent-electrocuting objects for the sake of image generation. In this, Aurora Textualis explores the complexities and paradoxes of this process as both representation of spiritual life and token of electrified death.

Ted Hiebert is a Canadian visual artist and theorist. His artworks have been shown across Canada in public galleries and artist-run centres, and in group exhibitions internationally. Recent exhibitions include Mediated Selves (Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George, BC), Erosions 2008 (Siauliaia Art Gallery, Lithuania) and Chroniques de l’autoportrait (La Salle Augustin-Chénier, Ville-Marie, QC). Recent collaborative projects include Dowsing for Failure (with Doug Jarvis, Open Space, Victoria, BC) and the 2008 World Telekinesis Competition (Deluge Contemporary Art, Victoria, BC). His theoretical writings have appeared in The Psychoanalytic Review, Technoetic Arts, Performance Research and CTheory as well as in invited book chapters, catalogues and exhibition monographs. Hiebert is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture at the University of Victoria.

(posted by Yule)

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Jennifer Kostuik at VISA tomorrow night

February 25, 2009 at 5:06 pm (art, lecture) ()

via email from John Luna at Vancouver Island School of Art (VISA):
Just a reminder of our free visiting speaker’s talk tomorrow evening…
This is a great opportunity to get a better sense of how a good contemporary art gallery operates, important information for artists who are interested in exhibiting, as well as just those who are curious about how a dealer chooses and represents artists…
Please pass this information on!

Jennifer Kostuik, Thursday February 26 @ 7:30 pm
Jennifer is director/owner of the Jennifer Kostuik Gallery in Vancouver. The Jennifer Kostuik Gallery exhibits painting and photographic-based work.

Vancouver Island School of Art
2549 Quadra Street
Victoria, BC V8T 4E1
Phone: 250.380.3500
Email: info@vancouverislandschoolart.com

From the VISA website:

Jennifer Kosituk has a Bachelor of Art History from Queens University and has worked for the Art Gallery of Ontario and various commercial galleries in Toronto. Jennifer has represented 20 artists from across Canada, USA and Europe.

Jennifer is owner and director of the Jennifer Kostiuk Gallery which was established 1997 in Vancouver, Canada. The gallery represents established and emerging contemporary artists from across Canada and USA. It brings together artists that explore similar themes and aesthetics creating a relevant cross section of topical interests and concerns. The gallery artists’ works address the various ways in which the contemporary mindset has altered nature and our relationship to it. Notably are organic references to nature’s influence, impact or unconscious message its presence plays on the individual artist or collector, or society as a whole. Together the works inform each other and provide a complex context for the reading of their individual perspectives. The Jennifer Kosituk Gallery has recently moved to a great new and spacious location in Yaletown in Vancouver.

Check the Jennifer Kositiuk Gallery website

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LandMarks Public Art – dot CA

February 10, 2009 at 5:07 pm (art, public_art) ()

Three municipalities in the Capital Regional District (Victoria, Saanich, Esquimalt) have created a new online resource called Landmarks: Public Art in the Capital Region, which Grania Litwin reviews in today’s Times-Colonist: Street art gets online home.

From the site:

The artworks contained in this website are the result of the public art programs of municipal councils in the capital region of greater Victoria that have adopted public art policies. It is the first time that all the municipally-owned works of public art are (virtually) accessible in one place. Public art in Oak Bay will be added in the near future. (source)

According to Litwin’s review, Oak Bay only has one piece to add, so it shouldn’t take long to augment the site…

Litwin quotes James Lam, the CRD Arts Development Office‘s Arts Manager, who points out that Victoria has 50 of the 80 works inventoried so far. Why the head-start? Victoria has a long-established arts policy and has many public buildings. But it also has a number of new developments, and many developers of these buildings contributed art as part of a public amenity package.

While launching the LandMarks website is not an event, strictly speaking, it’s entirely possible to use the site to construct walking tours of the public art in our municipalities, which is apparently also a long-term goal of this venture.

– Yule Heibel

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New show at the Slide Room Art Gallery

February 7, 2009 at 6:30 pm (art) (, , )

The Slide Room Gallery, located at VISA (Vancouver Island School of Art), opened a new show last night, Representations of Desire: Photographs by Sabrina Ovesen and Christine Clark. Check out more details here. The gallery is located at 2549 Quadra St. Phone 250-380-3500 for information.

– Yule Heibel

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