University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries

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The Hot Line

Making a Scene!
Victoria’s Artists in the 1960's

April 2 to June 27, 2015

Curated by Emerald Johnstone-Bedell

With contributions by Josie Greenhill, Jenelle Pasiechnik, Caroline Riedel, Kate Riordon and Naomi Shields

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street

The 1960s marked a growing cultural awareness and pride in the contemporary visual arts of Victoria. Events such as the B.C. centennial celebrations in 1958 and Expo ‘67 created a widespread impetus for experimental cultural production. The opening of the University of Victoria’s Gordon Head campus expanded local arts education, which coincided with the opening of new commercial and public galleries. Both developments drew professional artists, often with international roots, to Victoria. At the same time a cultural resurgence was taking place in Indigenous art partly supported by the Provincial Museum’s Thunderbird Park carving program as well as new Indigenous owned and operated galleries and commercial ventures.

This exhibition features a selection of work by resident artists including Maxwell Bates, Henry Hunt, Eric Metcalfe, Margaret Peterson, Herbert Siebner, Robin Skelton, and Ina D.D. Uhthoff to demonstrate the spontaneous activity and networks that brought contemporary art to the forefront of B.C.’s capital city.

Image The Hot Line Robin Skelton | Collage on paper, ca. 1956-1968. UVic Special Collections, Robin Skelton fonds, SC114 Acc.#1991-093, 1.1.


Bridge Over Troubled Water

Yoko Takashima with Ruby Arnold

April 9 to May 30, 2015

Organized by Mary Jo Hughes

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown | 630 Yates Street | Small Gallery

Bridge Over Troubled Water is an interactive video and sound installation created by Victoria artist Yoko Takashima, with technical assistance in collaboration with recent UVic graduate, Ruby Arnold. Takashima filmed about 40 volunteers singing the Simon and Garfunkel classic Bridge Over Troubled Water. Her manipulation of these recordings allows for the faces and voices to blend and transform over time in such a way that no identical image or performance will ever be seen. Unexpected narratives and raw human connections are forged between performer and viewer in this constantly self-generating installation.

Bridge Over Troubled Water is the second installment of IN SESSION, a series of exhibitions featuring UVic sessional instructors in the Visual Arts Department.

Artist Talk

Thursday | May 14 | 7PM

Image Still from Yoko Takashima’s installation Bridge Over Troubled Water, 2015

Generously funded by the BC Arts Council



The Hot Line

Karl Spreitz: Self-Propelled

March 7 to July 26, 2015

Curated by Emerald Johnstone-Bedell & Naomi Shields

Legacy Maltwood (at the Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

Spreitz uses whimsy and paradoxical imagery to challenge the conventions of mundane life. This self-driven, multi-talented connoisseur developed an authentic artistic style that echoes his character and life experiences. Anti-authority satire, human mechanization, and formal compositions derive from his Austrian upbringing, athletic training, and film and photography career. This selective retrospect presents various artwork, film, photographs and ephemera documenting Spreitz’s life and cultural contributions.

Image Maybe the Rooster Came First Karl Spreitz | Gouache and ink on paper, ca. 1978. Gift of Myfanwy Spencer Pavelic.

Natural | Supernatural

Natural | Supernatural

Nuu-chah-nulth Serigraph Prints from the University of Victoria's Permanent Collection

June 16, 2014 to May 31, 2015

Curated by Allison Grey Noble and Caroline Riedel

First Peoples House

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This exhibition of serigraph prints by artists Patrick Amos, Joe David, Ron Hamilton (Chuuchkamalthnii), Tim Paul, Art Thompson (Tsa-Qwass-Upp), and Glen Webster visually articulates knowledges of histories and stories that are important to the people of the Nuu-chah-nulth nations. These prints are from the university's permanent collection and originate from the print making studio of Vincent Rickard, who worked with these artists in the 1980s and 1990s. Rickard and donors George and Christiane Smyth have given the university nearly 3,000 contemporary Northwest Coast prints, making UVic's collection the most comprehensive in Canada.

Image: Supernatural, Joe David (Nuu-chah-nulth)


unlimited edition

July 4 to Sept 26, 2015

Curated by Tania Willard (Secwepemc Nation), Aboriginal Curator in Residence Kamloops Art Gallery

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street

Unlimited edition looks at how serigraph print designs by Indigenous artists represent a drive to preserve, portray and popularize oral histories and address social inequities. The title of the exhibition refers to the production of prints in unlimited editions for distribution to a broad audience. In many ways, this practice, while quickly revised to accommodate the fine art market with limited editions, contributed to the revival of Indigenous aesthetics both in Inuit communities in the North as well as the Northwest Coast. Historical threads in the exhibition trace the advent of Northern graphic and print centres to Cape Dorset and the emergence of screen-printing to the Northwest Coast and emphasize work from the 1950s to 1970s.

Image Sea Monster - Ya–gish, Chief Henry Speck, 1963



Artist Talk

Yoko Takashima of Legacy Art Gallery's Bridge Over Troubled Water

Thursday | May 14 | 7PM

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street | free

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