September 20, 2013 to January 11, 2014
A multi-media exhibition, in which installation, sculpture, photography, and found-objects contest ideas of land-use, private property, and local history. With influences including carpentry, Constructivism, and Conceptualism, and using new and re-purposed wood, the Bomford's creatively "stake a claim" with a large interactive installation assembled on the exterior deck of the Gallery on the VIU campus.
With The Claim, Nathan and Cedric Bomford continue their collaborative exploration of Vancouver Island's history and geography, through the creation of large-scale constructions. Using found and reused materials, the brothers build installations that in the past have featured rooms, enclosed open spaces, and viewing platforms, all connected through various passageways—The Claim takes the form of mine pit-head. These works appear only partially finished, with designs that look both improvised and open-ended. There is a consistent play on scale in these works—reproducing in miniature whole buildings that fill to capacity gallery spaces. The results are disorientating. These are interactive works that visitors enter, rather than stand back and observe. It is this physical motion, this passage through the art that is critical to uncovering meanings. The structures determine and pace our movements, direct our eyes, confuse our sense of scale, and highlight the role of space in social interactions and experiences. In presenting spaces in this way, the Bomfords expose the relations of power that lie just beneath the surface of everyday life, and yet which determine so much of its shape.
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