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House Tour 2022 explores intersection of art and architecture – Nexus Newspaper

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Art and architecture are intersecting at the House Tour 2022, put on by The Gallery Associates (TGA). The event—to be held virtually this year—marks the 70th year of The Gallery Associates raising funds for the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV).

This year, the tour includes five documentary films focusing on five very different homes. Rather than host in-person tours, TGA decided to produce a series of videos that would offer homeowner-guided tours where viewers will get a rare opportunity to hear the stories and inspirations for the home from the homeowner’s perspective.

“The Gallery Associates was started in 1952 as the Women’s Committee to raise funds for the Art Gallery, and it’s been going ever since,” says House Tour Committee chair Carol Ann Harper. “But we also promote community awareness and enjoyment of the AGGV.”

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Over the years, TGA grew to promote further community engagement in local culture and arts, including arts education and programs for their members.

The House Tour 2022 is a video tour looking at five different and unique houses in the region (photo by Roger Brooks).

“We have monthly speakers and a book club as well,” says Harper. “The success of the house tours over the last decades have become a flagship fundraising event, often attracting over 1,000 guests.”

Due to the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, the house tours transitioned to a video tour.  The first video they did was of one mansion, but this year they set their sights higher.

“This year we are filming five houses that wouldn’t be feasible on an in-person house tour,” says Harper. “Some due to location, one of them is on an island, and others due to logistics, so houses that even if we could go in person, we wouldn’t see these houses.”

The homes that were selected are unique and varied, from Modernist west-coast style to houses perched upon steep slopes; one home was designed by a well-known Victorian Modernist architect. Each home will exhibit floral art created by five local artists who are part of the Victoria Floral Artists Guild. Roger Brooks, a retired architectural photographer, provided expertise and continuity, and the production also included three local videographers.

“You get a personal tour with the home owner, an intimate telling of the history, what they’ve done, what they liked,” says Harper. “It was really about which houses would be different but not easily accessible and also, where the homeowner had an interesting story to tell about their house, with a willingness to tell them.”

House Tour 2022: Video Edition
Until Sunday, October 30
$35
aggv.ca/house-tour-2022-video-edition

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Hands-on art installation takes shape at college campus

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Artist Jill Price is showcasing some of her new art, called UN/making the Frame, at The Campus Gallery at Georgian College in Barrie.

Visitors will find in the printed handout that they are invited to “put on a suit, smell, water, zest, taste, move, touch, and rearrange elements in the space,” which helps illustrate “everyday performances that help to visualize how still-life paintings are neither two-dimensional nor still, and that the actions of humans matter.”

Price, a past instructor in Georgian College’s fundamental art and fine art programs, is an interdisciplinary artist and the recipient of several Queen’s University awards.

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Her artwork has been shown may times overs the years going back to 2000 — in solo shows, as well as juried, group and invitational exhibitions across Ontario.

This particular exhibit “presents multiple assemblages that point to how a plastic garbage can or a ‘mere bowl of fruit’ whether painted or in the flesh, are all part of our animate and interconnected ecologies.”

“Embracing the ready-made for its potential to delineate space as well as bring attention to the accumulation and ‘liveliness’ of everyday objects.”

The arranging, placement and use of the objects is solely up to the viewer as they walk through the gallery.

There is also a stop-motion video screen that draws the visitor in to witness Price as she plays out the process of creating the pieces and documents the time, labour and the materials that were used in the artworks.

This whimsical and hands-on experience can be viewed at The Campus Gallery until Dec. 4.

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Hands-on art installation takes shape at college campus

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Artist Jill Price is showcasing some of her new art, called UN/making the Frame, at The Campus Gallery at Georgian College in Barrie.

Visitors will find in the printed handout that they are invited to “put on a suit, smell, water, zest, taste, move, touch, and rearrange elements in the space,” which helps illustrate “everyday performances that help to visualize how still-life paintings are neither two-dimensional nor still, and that the actions of humans matter.”

Price, a past instructor in Georgian College’s fundamental art and fine art programs, is an interdisciplinary artist and the recipient of several Queen’s University awards.

Her artwork has been shown may times overs the years going back to 2000 — in solo shows, as well as juried, group and invitational exhibitions across Ontario.

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This particular exhibit “presents multiple assemblages that point to how a plastic garbage can or a ‘mere bowl of fruit’ whether painted or in the flesh, are all part of our animate and interconnected ecologies.”

“Embracing the ready-made for its potential to delineate space as well as bring attention to the accumulation and ‘liveliness’ of everyday objects.”

The arranging, placement and use of the objects is solely up to the viewer as they walk through the gallery.

There is also a stop-motion video screen that draws the visitor in to witness Price as she plays out the process of creating the pieces and documents the time, labour and the materials that were used in the artworks.

This whimsical and hands-on experience can be viewed at The Campus Gallery until Dec. 4.

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Ukrainian avant-garde art finds refuge from war in Madrid

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MADRID, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Ukrainian art has found a refuge in Madrid where a retrospective on the country’s avant-garde in the early 20th century is showing works little known to the general public while offering them a safe haven away from the bombs.

On Tuesday, the Spanish capital’s Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum inaugurated the exhibit “In the Eye of the Storm. Modernism in Ukraine, 1900-1930s”. It showcases a collection of about 70 artworks in various formats representing different trends, from figurative art to futurism and constructivism.

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Aside from paying tribute to a little-known period in the history of Ukrainian art, the exhibition takes on particular relevance amid Russia’s ongoing invasion of the country.

“We wanted to do something in terms of showing Ukrainian art, but also taking Ukrainian art out of Ukraine and bringing it to Europe and to safety,” Katia Denysova, one of the exhibit’s three curators, told Reuters.

Denysova, who described her journey out of Ukraine as a “rollercoaster”, said that transporting the works through a country at war into the European Union ran into numerous challenges.

They included the temporary closure of borders in response to the impact of a stray missile on neighbouring Polish soil, which sparked fears of an escalation two weeks ago.

When the curators saw the works had made it to Spain safe and sound, they were “beyond delighted”, Denysova added.

She now hopes that Ukrainian avant-garde art will tell the public a story of creation and resistance.

“This is an integral part of our heritage, of our culture in Ukraine. This is what Ukrainians are fighting for right now.”

Reporting by Darío Fernández, Silvio Castellanos and Michael Gore; Editing by David Latona and Mark Heinrich

 

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