Landfall and Departure: Epilogue (Listening to the Sea)

Landfall and Departure: Epilogue
(Listening to the Sea)

January 12 to March 10, 2018  

Join us for the opening reception: January 11, 7 pm.
The evening includes a performance by Willie Thrasher
and Linda Saddleback.
Michele Di Menna, Ayesha Hameed with Tom Hirst, Colter Harper and Liz Park with Marcus Rediker, Lili Huston-Herterich, Dawn Johnston, Eleanor King, Gary Manson, OrcaLab, Genevieve Robertson, Jenni Schine and Jay White, Fiona Tan, Willie Thrasher and Linda Saddleback
Our history of the sea is a record of misunderstanding the cries of whales and the whispers of waves. But, as sea levels rise and fish stocks dwindle, being attuned to what the ocean is telling us is now more important than ever. Landfall and Departure: Epilogue endeavours to listen to the sea through contemporary visual art, sound works, presentations, and performances.
Oceans cover more than seventy percent of our planet. Artists in the exhibition engage this impossibly vast environment by listening and responding to diverse perspectives, including those of cod fishers off Fogo Island, citizen scientists monitoring salmon stocks in the Broughton Archipelago, workers on a cargo ship, world traveling sailors, pirates, and whales. Others explore through the languages of seashore debris, digital shoreline maps, and experimental music.
For the past 47 years, OrcaLab, a land based whale research station on Hanson Island founded by Dr. Paul Spong, has been studying whales in the most unobtrusive way possible. For Landfall and Departure: Epilogue we celebrate and share their longstanding practice of listening to the sea by embedding video of their recent observations here on the exhibition’s webpage.
For this exhibition, the gallery commissioned Nanaimo based Inuit musician Willie Thrasher to write a new song about listening to the sea, which was recorded with his partner Linda Saddleback, and will be performed at the opening. Details of other public events including tours of the Pacific Biological Station will be forthcoming.
Nanaimo artist Jesse Gray's series of unique bronze jewellery works responding to the accumulation of plastic beach debris will be available at the Gallery Store for the duration of the exhibition.
Landfall and Departure is the third in a series of three exhibition projects that look to the resource industries that formed and fragmented communities on Vancouver Island while having implications globally. The first project: Black Diamond Dust (2014) responded to coal mining; the second project: Silva (2015/2016), responded to forestry. Landfall and Departure (2017/2018) is a two-part exhibition, which considers resources both distributed on, and extracted from, the sea. The first part in this series, Landfall and Departure: Prologue, responded directly to the Nanaimo Harbour. 
Landfall and Departure: Epilogue is the final project in a year of exhibitions, special projects, education programs and events, that explore the question “What does it mean to live on an Island?” 
Some of the audio works in the exhibition can also be streamed online. Follow the links below and please use headphones.
Interview with Liz Park and Marcus Rediker, produced by Colter Harper, listen here.
Streamwalkers, Jenni Schine in dialogue with Jay White, listen here.

Jin-me Yoon | Spectral Tides

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Jin-me Yoon Spectral Tides

October 13 to December 10, 2017

Join us for the opening reception and meet the artist, Thursday, October 12, 7 pm

Artist Talk, Saturday, October 28, 2 pm.
Jin-me will discuss her art practice and the development of the new works in Spectral Tides. 
Free | Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nanaimo Art Gallery presents Spectral Tides, a solo exhibition of new work by renowned Korean born Canadian artist Jin-me Yoon.

Through video, photography, and installation, Spectral Tides features projects set on two islands that are important to the artist's life and work: Vancouver Island, focusing on the complex histories of the Pacific Rim National Park, and Jeju-do, the largest South Korean island and a strategic US military outpost.

Jin-me Yoon’s media-based work centres around preoccupations with history, memory, language and cultural identity. She has exhibited extensively across Canada and internationally, and is represented in numerous public collections. Since 1992, she has taught at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts. In 2009, she was nominated for Art Gallery of Ontario’s Grange Prize, and in 2013 was awarded a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship.

This project is presented as a part of Nanaimo Art Gallery’s celebration of our 40th anniversary in 2017. All year, through exhibitions, special projects, education programs and events, we explore the question “What does it mean to live on an Island?”

Image: Jin-me Yoon, Other Hauntings: A Geography Beloved (Dance), video still, single channel video, 2016. Image courtesy of the artist.

Lawren Harris: Canadian Visionary

Lawren Harris: Canadian Visionary
September 30 to November 30, 2017
Presented at the Nanaimo Museum in partnership with Nanaimo Art Gallery
Canadian artist Lawren Harris (1885-1970) is internationally renowned for his iconic paintings of the Northern wilderness. We are excited to share his work with Nanaimo audiences through the exhibition Lawren Harris: Canadian Visionary, which opens at the Nanaimo Museum this fall. As a founding member of the influential Group of Seven painters, Harris was a driving force in the development of modernist painting in Canada. He saw artistic and cultural potential in the nation’s vast landscapes, and his distinct painting style helped to define Canadian art in the early twentieth century. 
The travelling exhibition Lawren Harris: Canadian Visionary comes to Nanaimo on loan from Vancouver Art Gallery and presents key works from the Gallery's collection that follow Harris' artistic evolution from the early 1900s to the early 1960s, including paintings from the groundbreaking Group of Seven period and later experiments in abstraction that reflect his efforts to root his work in a universal language rather than a specific national landscape.
“We’re thrilled that works by such a significant Canadian artist will be on public exhibit in our community. This exhibit is only possible in our community because of a strong working relationship between the Nanaimo Museum and the Nanaimo Art Gallery.” 
                –Debbie Trueman, General Manager at the Nanaimo Museum
Lawren Harris: Canadian Visionary is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery with the generous support of the Killy Foundation and is curated by Ian M. Thom, Senior Curator-Historical, Vancouver Art Gallery. 
The Nanaimo Museum is located in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre and is open Monday-Saturday from 10-5. For more information please contact 250 753-1821 or visit 
Contact: Debbie Trueman, General Manager of Nanaimo Museum 
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(250) 753-1821 
Image: Lawren Harris, Mount Thule, Bylot Island, 1930, oil on paperboard, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, The Parnell Bequest, Photo: Tomas Svab, Vancouver Art Gallery


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