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Joost Conijn, Wood Car

Joost Conijn, Wood Car (2002), video [Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo BC, Jan 24-May 2]


Nanaimo Art Gallery
Nanaimo BC – Jan 24-May 2, 2015

This exhibition of seven Canadian and international artists takes its name from Jean-François Millet’s painting The Gleaners (1857). In place of food crops left behind after the harvest, this show substitutes stories gathered, as curator Jesse Birch puts it, from “travel to distant places, slow engagement with a single place or idea, or a combination of the two.”

Among the participating artists is Canadian Kara Uzelman, whose peripatetic lifestyle has taken her to remote residencies in the North and entrepreneurial projects on the Prairies, experiences that find their way into her delicate yet refined installations. The architectural training of Joar Nango, a Norwegian-based Sami artist, is evident in his careful articulations of discarded building supplies.

The travels of word-of-mouth artist Michael Drebert have resulted not in art objects per se, but in stories given to gallery staff to be conveyed to those asking, “Where’s Michael?”


Michael Turner

 Sun, Feb 8, 2015