Art gallery a fertile ground for magic of forests

Fine Arts

- Tara Sharpe

A screenshot from “The Ground That Mends,由威尼斯官方网站的美术博士校友康妮·米歇尔·莫雷拍摄的定格动画视频将在遗产市中心即将于6月25日开幕的展览中展出.

20世纪90年代,森林生态学家Suzanne Simard进行了突破性的研究,揭示了树木通过地下真菌网络相互“交谈”. As of June 25, 任何参观威尼斯官方网站市中心公共艺术画廊的人,站在威尼斯官方网站新展览的绘画和其他艺术品中间,都能很容易地想象到脚下的网络和头顶上厚厚的绿色顶篷. 但想象雪松和松树的味道,或体验艺术和虚拟现实,都无法完全重现古老森林的有形壮观和生态多样性.

That tension, between living forest and framed likeness, defines the Still Standing: Ancient Forest Futures exhibition at Legacy Art Galleries Downtown. It is guest curated by Jessie Demers, 谁参加了1993年在温哥华岛的克莱夸湾举行的“林中战争”抗议活动.

Art, ecology and activism

Still Standing 将土著和非土著艺术家聚集在一起,进行充满活力的对话,涉及艺术的不同视角, ecology and activism. It will feature oil paintings, colour-pencil and pastel drawings, and wood and metal sculptures, as well as photography, video, 动画和装置作品——包括来自威尼斯官方网站美术学院的7位艺术家的作品.

A long wooden staircase in a sloped raincoast forest setting
“Please, John, Don't Screw This Up For The Rest of Us / Staircase,” by Mike Andrew McLean, plexi-transmounted digichromatograph, metallic paper/plywood backing

德默斯认为,艺术“可以创造共同点,同时挑战使威尼斯官方网站首页彼此和地球分离的范式.” As curator of the spring 2021 Eden Grove Artist-in-Residence Program (edengroveair.com)——为了见证帕切德哈特地区的森林和阿达(仙女溪)封锁——德默斯随后与12位受邀的当地艺术家中的大多数合作,在威尼斯官方网站开发了这个新展览.

她希望这部影片能让观众在离开时更深刻地认识到保护这些古老森林的迫切性.

On a snowy day in March 2020, I set up a donated canvas tent, 这里后来成为伊甸格罗夫艺术家常驻项目的家和工作室. It had last been used by blockaders at Clayoquot Sound 30 years earlier, where I was arrested as a teenager. From March to May, 12 artists were invited to witness the magic of the forest, 森林保护者群体的力量以及殖民地在未开垦土地上开采资源所固有的复杂性.

—Jessie Demers, guest curator of Still Standing: Ancient Forest Futures at Legacy Downtown

The upcoming exhibition features eight of the artists from the Eden Grove program: UVic fine arts alumna Connie Michele Morey; Heather Kai Smith; Jeremy Herndl; Kyle Scheurmann; fine arts alumnus and sessional instructor Mike Andrew McLean; UVic visual arts professor Paul Walde; Chief Rande Cook (Kwakwaka'wakw), a fine arts alumnus and former Audain Professor of Contemporary Art Practice of the Pacific Northwest at UVic; and Valerie Salez.

这是一幅黑雪松的特写,因为它是一幅帆布油画
“The Black Cedar” by Jeremy Herndl, oil on canvas

They are joined by five other artists: Carey Newman (Kwakwaka'wakw, Coast Salish and settler), inaugural Impact Chair in Indigenous Art Practices with UVic’s Faculty of Fine Arts; Gord Hill (Kwakwaka'wakw); fine arts alumnus Jordan Hill (T'Souke); and UVic visual arts professor Kelly Richardson.

威尼斯官方网站首页非常感谢有机会为这个展览提供空间,以及参观者可以以多种方式体验这些作品. Still Standing brings together artists’ responses to the magic and power of Eden Grove. 它让威尼斯官方网站首页反思,并邀请威尼斯官方网站首页就如何以个人和集体的方式珍惜这个地方特有的古老森林采取行动.

—Caroline Riedel, Acting Director, Legacy Art Galleries

Evoking a sense of awe

展览旨在唤起人们对不列颠哥伦比亚省温带雨林的感受,以及仰望古老树木奇观时的敬畏之情. 这些有几个世纪历史的大树的精髓反映在十多位艺术家的作品中. 展览还捕捉了他们对人们如何在旧增长的背景下努力铲除殖民主义和消费文化的破坏性影响的解释.

这些作品将包括瓦尔德拍摄的伊登格罗夫一棵巨大而古老的雪松的大尺寸周长照片, to a sculptural floor piece by Cook and a silent video by Richardson.

黑色背景上的铜制机器状装置,如默片中的场景
场景从“护身符(III)”凯利理查德森,4K视频在无声无缝循环

Newman, working together with Camosun Innovates and a team of its mechanical engineering students, 他还设计了一种创新的工具来应用可持续的实践,而不是使用古老的木材,以达到雕刻艺术品的文化目的. At the exhibition, 他将展示他目前正在制作的第二生长图腾的雪松模型.

Art as instigator of change

Demers adds, “In this time of climate crisis, we need collective action and I see art as a powerful instigator of change. 通过分享新的视角和具体化的体验,艺术可以让威尼斯官方网站首页摆脱瘫痪,进入行动.” With that in mind, 展览还将包括一个区域,观众可以在线探索进一步的研究,并给政府写明信片.

Still Standing opens with a reception at Legacy Downtown from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday the 25th and runs through Sept. 17.

Media can contact Fine Arts Communications Officer John Threlfall at johnt@francoisjarlov.com for artist interviews.

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Keywords: art, biodiversity, climate, arts community, Indigenous, administrative (faculty & staff)

People: Carey Newman, Caroline Riedel, Connie Michele Morey, Jordan Hill, Kelly Richardson, Mike Andrew McLean, Paul Walde, Rande Cook


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