Fulhame's Map

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Fulhame's Map

 April 7 to June 3

Opening Friday, April 6, 7 pm  
 
On Saturday, April 7 at 2 pm join us for a talk by artist Jessica Eaton on the processes and inspirations behind her recent photographs.
 
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Carranza, Sara Cwynar, Jessica Eaton, Allison Hrabluik, Hannah Maynard, and Nicole Kelly Westman
 
Fulhame’s Map is an exhibition named after the scientific work of Elizabeth Fulhame, an 18th century Scottish chemist who is known for her experiments with light sensitive materials. In 1794 she wrote that maps could be made using silver chemistry inscribed by the actions of light. This was essentially a photographic process, and the first recorded instance of such a discovery. Her work was remarkable, not only for the revolutionary potential of her ideas, but also for her ability to persevere in a society hostile to the achievements of women. While her experiments did not create lasting images, Fulhame’s concepts were fixed in the form of her essay With a View to a New Art of Dying and Painting, which became a catalyst for the development of photography. 
 
Here on Vancouver Island, photography came along with the influx of wealth from prospecting and resource extraction. Hannah Maynard (1834-1918) was a Victoria BC photographer known locally for her pioneering work and experimental approach. She studied photography and opened Mrs. R. Maynard’s photographic gallery in Victoria 1862. By the 1880s she was working with multiple exposures to create innovative self-portraits in which she played many roles. Her works were unprecedented in their vision and complexity, but her relatively isolated practice remains largely unrecognized.     
 
Alongside a suite of Maynard’s self-portraits sourced from the British Columbia Archives, this exhibition features contemporary artworks that echo Fulhame and Maynard’s prescient ideas. In Fulhame’s Map, Fabiola Carranza, Sara Cwynar, Jessica Eaton, Allison Hrabluik, and Nicole Kelly Westman, experiment with both contemporary and historical modes of image production. Through vibrant and diverse approaches, these artists navigate stories and histories that surround images and their creation. Talking through the language of photography, Fulhame’s Map is the first project in a year in which Nanaimo Art Gallery asks the question: “How can we speak differently?” through exhibitions, educational programs and off-site events. 
 
Image: Hannah Maynard, A multiple exposure self portrait by Hannah Maynard, glass plate negative, 1890.
Courtesy of Royal BC Museum and Archives

Landfall and Departure: Epilogue (Listening to the Sea)

Landfall and Departure: Epilogue
(Listening to the Sea)

January 12 to March 10, 2018  

Join us for the opening reception: January 11, 7 pm.
The evening includes a performance by Willie Thrasher
and Linda Saddleback.
 
Michele Di Menna, Ayesha Hameed with Tom Hirst, Colter Harper and Liz Park with Marcus Rediker, Lili Huston-Herterich, Dawn Johnston, Eleanor King, Gary Manson, OrcaLab, Genevieve Robertson, Jenni Schine and Jay White, Fiona Tan, Willie Thrasher and Linda Saddleback
 
Our history of the sea is a record of misunderstanding the cries of whales and the whispers of waves. But, as sea levels rise and fish stocks dwindle, being attuned to what the ocean is telling us is now more important than ever. Landfall and Departure: Epilogue endeavours to listen to the sea through contemporary visual art, sound works, presentations, and performances.
 
Oceans cover more than seventy percent of our planet. Artists in the exhibition engage this impossibly vast environment by listening and responding to diverse perspectives, including those of cod fishers off Fogo Island, citizen scientists monitoring salmon stocks in the Broughton Archipelago, workers on a cargo ship, world traveling sailors, pirates, and whales. Others explore through the languages of seashore debris, digital shoreline maps, and experimental music.
 
For the past 47 years, OrcaLab, a land based whale research station on Hanson Island founded by Dr. Paul Spong, has been studying whales in the most unobtrusive way possible. For Landfall and Departure: Epilogue we celebrate and share their longstanding practice of listening to the sea by embedding video of their recent observations here on the exhibition’s webpage.
 
For this exhibition, the gallery commissioned Nanaimo based Inuit musician Willie Thrasher to write a new song about listening to the sea, which was recorded with his partner Linda Saddleback, and will be performed at the opening. Details of other public events including tours of the Pacific Biological Station will be forthcoming.
 
Nanaimo artist Jesse Gray's series of unique bronze jewellery works responding to the accumulation of plastic beach debris will be available at the Gallery Store for the duration of the exhibition.
 
Landfall and Departure is the third in a series of three exhibition projects that look to the resource industries that formed and fragmented communities on Vancouver Island while having implications globally. The first project: Black Diamond Dust (2014) responded to coal mining; the second project: Silva (2015/2016), responded to forestry. Landfall and Departure (2017/2018) is a two-part exhibition, which considers resources both distributed on, and extracted from, the sea. The first part in this series, Landfall and Departure: Prologue, responded directly to the Nanaimo Harbour. 
 
Landfall and Departure: Epilogue is the final project in a year of exhibitions, special projects, education programs and events, that explore the question “What does it mean to live on an Island?” 
 
Some of the audio works in the exhibition can also be streamed online. Follow the links below and please use headphones.
 
Interview with Liz Park and Marcus Rediker, produced by Colter Harper, listen here.
 
Streamwalkers, Jenni Schine in dialogue with Jay White, listen here.
 

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. 
Free | Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

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