2015 Downtown Exhibitions

Gleaners

January 24 to May 2, 2015
Downtown Gallery
Opening January 23, 7pm

01JC2002HoutAutowoodCarstillSean Alward, Mary Atkinson, Joost Conijn, Randy Lee Cutler, Steven Davies, Michael Drebert, Joar Nango, Kara Uzelman and Agnès Varda

Curated by Jesse Birch

This exhibition takes its name from Jean Francois Millet’s painting The Gleaners (1857), which depicts three peasant women hunched down picking the remainders of a harvest. The traditional practice of gleaning involves gathering and sharing forgotten or ignored food crops, but gleaning occurs whenever things or ideas that were once cast aside are given new value. In this exhibtion Canadian and international artists glean for stories.

Storytellers acquire their tales through travel to distant places, slow engagement with a single place or idea, or a combination of the two. In Gleaners, the process of collecting stories is integrated within the narratives themselves. These tales are shared through a range of media including photography, video, sculpture, music, and word of mouth.

Image: Joost Conijn, Wood Car, Video, 2002

The exhibition will be accompanied by information about Nanaimo’s organized food gleaning programs courtesy of Nanaimo Foodshare.

Free events and public programming:

A talk and tour on the relationship between collecting and storytelling with artist Kara Uzelman and curator Jesse Birch on Saturday, January 24, 2pm.

Screenings of Agnes Varda’s The Gleaners and I
7pm on Friday February 13, Friday March 13, and Friday April 10

Nanaimo Art Gallery’s Art LabThe Gleaners and I (2000) is a documentary recording modern day gleaners while they scavenge for food, forgotten items, and trinkets in both urban and rural regions of France. Traditionally gleaners are those who search farmers fields for produce that mechanized harvesting has left behind, although in urban settings gleaners dumpster dive for objects and food that have been rejected because of minor bruising or damage.

Directed and written by filmmaker Agnès Varda, we follow her hand-held camera as she describes her filmmaking as a kind of gleaning also, where scouting subjects whether it is objects, food, or people to be captured on film is chance oriented. Varda gleans footage of a series of individuals from a range of class backgrounds who’ve learned to glean their food in order to survive, such as a successful restaurant owner, a teacher, and artists who use recycled material in their work. The documentary was first shown at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival and is distributed by Zeitgeist Video.

Agnès Varda’s The Gleaners and I (2000) is a part of Nanaimo Art Gallery’s exhibition Gleaners on until May 2, 2015.

Join us for screenings of The Gleaners and I and free popcorn in Art Lab at Nanaimo Art Gallery’s downtown location.  

SaltWalks April8 2015 1Gleaners: Salt Walk
Saturday April 18, 2pm
A Salt Walk with Randy Lee Cutler.

Join artist Randy Lee Cutler for a walk through downtown Nanaimo exploring the enduring relationship that civilizations have had with salt, from its importance in food preservation and healing to more aesthetic and philosophical implications.

Meet at the gallery's downtown location 2pm on Saturday, April 18, 2015. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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