Persimmon Blackbridge is an innovative Canadian artist, writer, and activist, who rocked Vancouver in the early 80’s with ground-breaking works exploring lesbian sexual politics, disability culture and mental health.
By Regan Shrumm, AGGV Assistant Curator
Listener-in-Residence is a collaborative project between the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the Luther Court Society, a non-profit society that cares for 120 seniors through subsidized independent suites, home support, assisted living, and long-term care. It is a four-month artist residency featuring emerging Victoria-based artist Libby Oliver.
Art conservation and restoration terms are revealed in this installment of Art Terms. But first, you may question what the difference is between conservation and restoration.
By Danielle Pope
To me, writing — like so many art forms — is where imagination and creativity find themselves at a junction with the body. The mind unfurls storylines and possibilities, beautiful sentences and striking imagery, while the heart skips a beat when just the right word is chosen; a lump grows in the throat when a line strikes with might.
This convening brings together professional artists, practising Buddhists, and scholars from a range of disciplines to better understand Buddhist influences in contemporary art in North America.
The AGGV is honoured to have in its collection a painting by the prominent female artist Paraskeva Clark. Executed in 1948, the watercolour depicts one of the artist’s favourite summer locales of Georgian Bay. It also marks a period of proliferation in her artistic output when her travels to nearby scenic spots allowed her to paint more landscapes.
Calling all you birders! Not only can birdwatching be done through binoculars or telescopes, by listening for bird sounds or watching public webcams, but it can also be done through browsing the AGGV collection with a naked eye. Can you guess what kind of birds are depicted below?
The maritime history of the Pacific Northwest and the connection to these waters endure in the cities and towns along the coasts, and there are an endless amount of artworks through the centuries that celebrate the culture of seafaring in these parts.
By Marina DiMaio, AGGV Curatorial Assistant
Dylan Thomas’s work has been deeply influenced by a lifelong passion for Northwest Coast art, as well as, Vajrayana Buddhist mandalas, Celtic knots, Islamic tessellations, and many other ancient geometric art traditions.
Matriarchs: Prints by First Nations Women is an exhibition that aims to build relationships with First Nations artists and is guest-curated by Margaret August, a Two-Spirited, Coast Salish artist from Shíshálh Nation.
Enter the darkened Centennial Gallery at the AGGV and vicariously experience what it would be like to travel as a virtual camera moving around the sculptural looping installation that has been constructed out of tubular steel in the centre of the room. Film Path/Camera Path with under-titles is a conceptual multi-media artwork that combines the moving images of film with a sculptural expansion of a 35mm projector.
Originally from Toronto, Estraven is an artist-researcher and educator whose practice involves sound, print, video and installation work.
The artists involved in Imagining Fusang: Exploring Chinese and Indigenous Encounters were invited for a panel discussion in early July, where they revealed the motivation behind their individual interest in the concept of Fusang.