Baxter&

A wander through the Victorian-era Spencer Mansion of the Art Gallery will inevitably lead you to an encounter with Iain Baxter&’s Still Life made from vacuum formed plastic and painted with bright turquoise acrylic. Made in 1965, this sculpture is among a series of vacuum formed plastic pieces that Baxter& was well-known for. Born Iain Baxter […]

Barry Till Tells All

As Barry Till recently announced his retirement as the Curator of Asian Arts, AGGV staff had some burning questions about his 36-year tenure at the Gallery and his travels throughout Asia. Here’s the nitty gritty: 1) Why art – what led you down this path? BT: My first choice for a career would have been to […]

Say What? Art Terms For Beginners, Part 2

Conceptual Art The term ‘concept art’ came into use in the early 1960s and became defined as an art movement around the late 60s. Conceptual art is a transformative art form whereby the idea (or concept) behind the work takes precedence over the actual finished artwork itself. By challenging art as an individual expression, conceptual […]

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Coast Salish Art at the AGGV

The exhibition Close To Home showcases works by local artists from Victoria and the region. Indigenous artists are well represented among them, and in particular, Coast Salish artists feature prominently. Butch Dick is from the Lkwungen community, also known as the Songhees First Nations. His family roots extend into the Xw’chalth’lap community, today known as […]

Beyond The Edges

“Perhaps mine is “environmental” sculpture, rather than geometric…I have never made anything not closely connected with the human being and his environment. Man and his longings, desires, his dwellings, the thresholds he passes over and his places of worship concern me; people, buildings, entrances through which people go in, come out; and the apprehension, the […]

Making The Invisible Visible: Tweed Curtain

Over three days in June, three of Canada’s most influential performance artists came together in Making the Invisible Visible: Embodied Explorations of Site and Situation. Margaret Dragu (Vancouver), Johanna Householder (Toronto), and Judith Price (Victoria), in collaboration with each other and a group of dancers and guests, each took on a municipality in the capital region […]