In 1951, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria's founding Director Colin Graham imagined a collection culled from every corner of the world. Over the next 30 years he shaped the institution and its legacy collection. The AGGV today holds the largest public collection of art in the province: over 15,000 works from Asia, Europe and North America. In a three-part presentation entitled Vision Into Reality, held from August 2009 through to March 2010, the AGGV presents The Asian Collection Begins: Colin Graham and West Coast Modernism, and The Birth of the Collection.
Mary-Anne McTrowe, detail (work in progress) The LAB 9.2: Crocheting the Database (2009) [Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC, Oct 9-Nov 22
In conjunction with the Colin Graham exhibition, Alberta artist Mary-Anne McTrowe has produced a crocheted history of the AGGVs entire collection for Lab 9.2. Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Lethbridge, McTrowe is interested in taxonomies and systems of organization for the categorization and preservation of objects. Her recent work includes crocheted tea cozy covers for everyday objects and, in the vein of environmental artist Christo, proposals for cozies for natural and man-made architecture. In recent collages, she created mock-ups of cozies for Lethbridge architectural landmarks.
Crocheting the Database portrays the Gallerys collection ...as it is described through the filter of the database, and can be seen as metadata; information about information, McTrowe writes. Her conceptual piece is comprised of approximately 17,000 stitches. Additional portraits focus on database categorizations, each taking the form of a crocheted chain approximately 400 feet long.
A number of events and curators tours accompany Vision Into Reality. Mary-Anne McTrowe will present an artist talk on her work on October 8, 7:30pm in Lab 9.2.