Currently Showing

Bookmark and Share

Jillian Player: Waterways

Sat. November 23rd 2013 - Fri. December 6th 2013
@  Odeon Alley (All Ages)
Nautical charts are pages full of information about the sea: currents, tides, dangerous rocky protrusions, secret bays to anchor in and explore, and distances to far off lands. For the artist, the nautical chart is a beautiful drawing of repetitive gestures, lines, dots, and themes. They also tell us the stories of explorers navigating through the waters, drawing what they see. The thought of sailing through shallow waters without a nautical chart is terrifying, yet this is what explorers did in their large sailing ships. Nostalgically, I imagine these sailing vessels cautiously inching their way up the channels and inlets around Vancouver Island, completely blind to what lays beneath. And, ever since those first explorers started drawing the coasts, the seafarers thereafter have added to their charts. It is a compelling experience, when sailing, to study the chart and find a marked rock on it, only to look up and see the actual rock with its marker in front of you. Someone a very long time ago saw that very rock and thought it worth marking for future sailors. Or, to see the small, quaint, red anchor printed on little bays on the chart gives one hope of blissful nights safely tucked away from the wind, because sailors in the past have found sandy bottoms and protection there. The connection to the past is made in that moment.
As an artist and a sailor, I am interested in the nautical chart for all these reasons. They have become my medium to paint, draw, and collage. My history with drawing with tape seemed to be a natural process through which to develop the nautical chart into a three-dimensional platform. The nautical chart is a very two-dimensional experience, and not until one experiences the chart while on the ocean does one feel the space it describes. Using tape, I am stretching the map into a three-dimensional perspective, fleshing out the drawing the nautical chart contains, and rendering it to a larger-than-life perspective.
Presented by: The Ministry of Casual Living
add photos
Busy Town: Megan Krauss - Nov 15th @ Ministry of Casual Living Window Gallery

Busy Town: Megan Krauss

Tuesday Nov. 6th until Tue. November 27th
Meghan Krauss

Busy Town 2018
Panoramic inkjet print on vinyl
3' X 7'

In 2015, I moved to Victoria, BC, from Banff National Park. While living in Banff, an area that attracts over 3 million visitors per year, my interest in tourism was sparked by these incredible numbers. I find the millions... Read More

Coming Up

Imperfect Parallels: Matthis Grunsky - Nov 15th @ The Ministry of Casual Living

Imperfect Parallels: Matthis Grunsky

Friday Nov. 23rd until Sun. November 25th
Imperfect Parallels
Matthis Grunsky

Opening - Friday, November 23, 2018, 7-10pm
Viewing - Sat, Nov 24 and Sun, Nov 25, 12-5pm
Ministry of Casual Living, Devonshire Studio Gallery
858 Devonshire Road, Esquimalt Industrial Park

Featuring new work by Matthis Grunsky, Imperfect Parallels explo... Read More
Fri 7-10pm, Sat 12-5pm, Sun 12-5pm
@  The Ministry of Casual Living