As a photographer, installing Fiona Tan: Ascent gave me the chance to think about images and videography in a new light, you know… to step back, reconsider and reimagine. Spending time with Fiona Tan’s work this week has broadened my understanding of the collective importance of Mount Fuji and I am humbled to have been a part of this exhibit. – Corey Bryson, AGGV Preparator/Technician.
Reflecting on the experience, thus far, working on Haema Sivanesan’s project, In the Present Moment: Buddhism, Contemporary Art, and Social Practice, and, learning what it means to be a curator.
In the 1950s, Mark Tobey, a Seattle artist with strong ties to Victoria, championed the work of Japanese-American artists, including Paul Horiuchi, also represented in AGGV’s collection. He later influenced major artists such as Jackson Pollock. As such, he’s a link between Buddhism and 20th Century abstract art.
AGGV Curator Haema Sivanesan is a recent recipient of a Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation research grant in the amount of $150,000. She was also awarded a $50,000 curatorial research fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. What is Sivanesan working on and why? Hint: it’s infinitely vast with neither a beginning nor an end. Therefore, let’s start with the present moment…
The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is honoured to present Fiona Tan’s Ascent. This montage film is entirely made up of still photographic images depicting one of Japan’s most recognizable landmarks, Mount Fuji.
Ensô painted by the accomplished, 20th century, Zen master Inaba Shinden depicts a symbol central to Zen meditative practice. The ensô, meaning “circle”, is one of the most common subjects of Japanese calligraphy.
What’s really happening when people encounter art? How does it affect them? It’s a mystery researchers have pondered for centuries.
In our last issue of the emagazine, our article “Powerful Stories Close To Home” related how pairings and groups of artworks in the exhibition Close To Home complemented each other. By viewing these groupings of works in tandem, new ways of understanding and appreciating them were conceived. The Curator’s Tour on June 6 reiterated some […]
“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 […]
Curator of Engagement, Nicole Stanbridge, shares insight on her favourite new piece from our collection: “I chose a recent acquisition to our permanent collection by Vancouver-based artist Brendan Lee Satish Tang. Pictured above, Manga Ormolu Ver. 5.0 (purchased with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grants program and the George and Lola […]
Pictured above: Kristina Kudryk | Portrait of the Artist in the Guise of the Empress Loyola and Under the Spell of Maxwell Bates | oil on canvas | Gift of the Artist, AGGV 2010 Enter through the doors of the Centennial Gallery to see the AGGV’s exhibition, Close To Home, and you will be struck by […]
The Massey Sales Gallery is delighted to present Pop! Pop! Pop!: A Collection of Contemporary Pop Art Works by Local Artists. The vibrant, eye-catching, collection will include works by Hovey Eyres, Mike Dewitt, Jamie Joslin and Kelly Ketcheson. The drawings included in this show by Hovey Eyres will be familiar to many viewers as they comprise […]
After a 2-week residency at the AGGV, Montréal-based artist Karen Tam had gathered enough archival research material to follow up on her highly acclaimed installation, Flying Cormorant Studio (2014) at the Mendel Art Gallery’s exhibition of works by Emily Carr. With wings like clouds hung from the sky continues on from the earlier installation in […]