The Art of Netflix

I recently watched an episode of Netflix’s Abstract: The Art of Design about Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. The episode, and the series itself, are well worth seeing.

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ABOVE: Olafur Eliasson’s ‘The Weather Project’ in Tate Modern. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons (author: Michael Reeve)

Best known for his large scale installations, Olafur Eliasson often uses water, light and air to play with the viewers sense of perception. Here some of his most interesting quotes:

“I see the artist as a participant, a co-producer of reality. I do not see the artist as a person who sits at a distance and evaluates.”

“I want to expose and evaluate the fact that the seeing and sensing process is a system that should not be taken for granted as natural – it’s a cultivated means of reality production that, as a system, can be negotiated and changed.”

“Artists are valuable to public discussion: They show the correlation between doing and thinking.”

“For the sake of sanity, the brain and the eyes keep things simple. But take away the sense of sight and suddenly things are not so simple.”

“The viewer brings something individual to the experience of any artwork.”

 

Vancouver/Victoria Art Galleries

This summer I headed west, and as always, I visited as many art galleries as possible. Here then, is a list of spots visited, along with a link and brief description.

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ABOVE: Bill Reid, The Raven and the First Men, 1980, wood sculpture. As seen at the Museum of Anthropology UBC.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Housed in a beautiful old mansion, and a quick drive from downtown Victoria, this gallery houses some big names in Canadian art.

Bateman Foundation Gallery of Nature

Located by the harbor in Victoria, this small gallery showcases the work of Robert Bateman as well as his contemporaries. It’s a must see, especially if you’re a fan of his work.

Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

Bill Reid is a huge presence in Vancouver with marquee pieces in the airport and the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Unsurprisingly, he has his very own gallery. Unsurprisingly, it’s a must see.

Contemporary Art Gallery

A small downtown space with just enough room for a few pieces. I especially liked a video by Maryam Jafri. It’s no longer on display though.

Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

Another small space, this time located at the University of British Columbia (a 20 minute bus ride from Vancouver), the work on display is very contemporary and non-traditional – at least it was when I was there.

Museum of Anthropology at UBC

Although technically not an art gallery, this made the list as it was by far, the most spectacular museum/gallery in the Vancouver/Victoria area. It’s holdings of First Nations art, and the way it’s displayed is incredible. It doesn’t matter where in the world you’re coming from, this is a bucket list museum.

Vancouver Art Gallery

The top public gallery in Vancouver, the Giacometti exhibition (which ended 9/22) was a well-curated look at the artists work. Although it’s over, it gives you an idea of the type of show this gallery is capable of.