2015 Downtown Exhibitions
Silva Part II: Booming Grounds
- Carol Sawyer's video Wood Work (2011) will play throughout the exhibition on large monitors in the lobby and on the second floor of the Harbourfront Branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library.
- We will initiate Notes From The Collection: a showcase of selected work from the Nanaimo Art Gallery Permanent Collection that will change with each gallery exhibition. In dialogue with Booming Grounds we will present the painting Night Hills, Vancouver Island (1975) by Max Maynard, which was collected by Nanaimo Art Gallery in 1985.
- Artists Al Bersch and Leslie Grant will give a talk about their art practice and collaborations with those working in resource based industries. The artists will speak before the opening on November 20, at 6:15pm in Art Lab
- A tour of George Sawchuk’s forest gallery in Fanny Bay, led by writer Grant Shilling, who is developing a major publication about Sawchuk’s life and work. November 28, 2015, 2pm.
- Painter Robert Guest will tell stories from the 23 summers he spent working on forest fire lookout towers, observing and painting the landscape. February 2016
- Local actor and director Jessica Lowry will present a new performance about her family’s connections to forestry. “My father grew up on logging camps all over the island and gulf islands and my grandfather and great-grandfather all made their living from cutting down trees." Lowry examines family photographs and explores that history through her performance. February 2016
A Terrible Beauty: Edward Burtynsky in Dialogue with Emily Carr
September 4 to November 21, 2015 at the Nanaimo Museum
Join us at the Nanaimo Museum for the opening reception on Thursday, September 3, 5 to 7 pm
Nanaimo Art Gallery has partnered with Nanaimo Museum to present A Terrible Beauty: Edward Burtynsky in Dialogue with Emily Carr. The exhibition is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery with the generous support of the Killy Foundation.
Toronto-based photographer Edward Burtynsky is internationally renowned for his captivating images of natural and man-made landscapes that reflect both the impressive reach of human enterprise and the extraordinary impact of our hubris. This exhibition presents a selection of photographs Burtynsky produced between 1983 and 2013 that together represent all his major bodies of work, from his early series of homestead photographs shot in British Columbia in the early 1980s, to his new, groundbreaking project that explores water's fundamental place in the world ecology.
Burtynsky's work is presented in dialogue with a selection of paintings and drawings by Emily Carr, one of Canada's best known artists. Carr was painting in British Columbia in the early twentieth century, a time when industrialized agriculture, resource extraction and practices such as large-scale logging were on the rise. Though working in different media and over fifty years apart, both artists sought to record the changing landscape and our place in it.
"A Terrible Beauty will resonate with audiences on Vancouver Island, because of the international profile of the artists involved, and also because of the theme's relevance to our context," says Julie Bevan, Executive Director at Nanaimo Art Gallery. "It's our hope that the presentation of this important exhibition in Nanaimo, paired with Gallery's fall project Silva, which explores our connection to the forest, will contribute in a meaningful way to conversations around our complex relationship with the land."
"We believe this is the first time Emily Carr paintings will be on public exhibit in Nanaimo," says Debbie Trueman, General Manager at the Nanaimo Museum. "These amazing Burtynsky and Carr works are being displayed in our community because of a strong partnership between the Nanaimo Museum and Nanaimo Art Gallery."
The Nanaimo Museum is located in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre and is open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. Contact the museum at 250 753-1821 or visit www.nanaimomuseum.ca